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Henry Dawson Bordner
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Birth: Apr. 1, 1869
Lebanon County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Jul. 7, 1906
Lebanon County
Pennsylvania, USA

7 July 1906: Dawson Bordner, a well known school teacher of Fredericksburg, was found dead in the Holland House, on North Eighth Street, about 6 o'clock this morning.

While suicide is hinted at by reason of Bordner's own threats to do himself harm, it is believed that he died as a result of acute alcoholism.

An investigation is being made by Coroner Schultz, and an inquest may be held next week.

Bordner had been in Lebanon since Tuesday, and was drinking heavily. He was seen on July Fourth on South Eighth street, and seemed very despondent as a result of his inability to curb his appetite for liquor.

He talked then of suicide. On Friday evening he entered the Holland House, where he was well known and sat down at one of the tables in the rear of the barroom.

He spoke not to anyone, as far as known. After sitting for a time, he left, and returned several hours later, about 11 o'clock, and resumed his seat.

Patrons of the place say that as late as three o'clock, he was seen to move in his chair, and little attention was paid to him, as he never made any trouble of any kind, and was therefore permitted to indulge in what seemed to be a peaceful sleep.

About six o'clock this morning, Wayne Kimmel, the night bar clerk, crossed the room to where Bordner was sitting, and when endeavoring to waken the man, noticed that Bordner was cold.

The man was found to be dead. He sat in a natural position, with his chin resting on his hand, his elbow on the table and his legs crossed. Not from the time he first entered the place in the evening until discovered dead, had the man asked for or partaken of a drink.

At the suggestion of Former Councilman, John Holland, proprietor of the place, Kimmel notified Coroner A. W. Shultz at Bunker Hill, and then went post-haste for Deputy Coroner Charles D. Weirich.

The latter responded at once, and, owing to the gathering crowd, had the body removed to McGovern's morgue. A search there revealed $1.72 and some trinkets, but nothing of any more value. Coroner Shultz later arrived to investigate the matter and a post-mortem examination may be held later.

The suicide theory was credited to some extent this morning by the statement of a man who said he had seen Bordner drinking something out of a bottle.

This is thought to be a mistake; however, as Bordner is known to have secured a prescription from a physician, the potion prescribed being intended to relieve him from effects of his debauch. It is expected that it will be found that Bordner was merely taking medicine.

Bordner's life during the past several years has been of such a character as to inspire profound pity. He is a member of the well known family at Bordner's store, near East Hanover, now known as Bordnersville. He is a son of the late Daniel T. Bordner. The deceased was married to Annie Oberholtzer, an estimable young lady possessed of some means. Since his marriage, however, Bordner contracted a love for drink, which he said himself he could not suppress. [Lebanon Daily News]
Family links: 
  Daniel T Bordner (1831 - 1905)
  Sarah Weaber Bordner (1839 - 1915)
  Annie Mary Oberholtzer Batdorf (1876 - 1956)
  Esther R Bordner Gehr (1898 - 1983)*
  Daughter Bordner*
  Adam Bordner*
  William Bordner*
  Irwin W Bordner (1859 - 1941)*
  Grant W Bordner (1863 - 1907)*
  Anna Maria Bordner (1867 - 1867)*
  Henry Dawson Bordner (1869 - 1906)
  Sadie Bordner Groh (1870 - 1914)*
  Daniel W Bordner (1872 - 1946)*
  Jennie Katherine Bordner Speck (1876 - 1941)*
*Calculated relationship
Cedar Hill Cemetery
Lebanon County
Pennsylvania, USA
Created by: Bruce Speck
Record added: Nov 11, 2008
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Henry Dawson Bordner
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Henry Dawson Bordner
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