Name: Jordon Dobbs
From: The Wellsboro Agitator, Wellsboro,
Date: Wednesday, May 10, 1899
Mr. Jordon Dobbs, a well known resident of this borough for may years, committed suicide last Thursday by taking a dose of laudanum at the home of his sister-in-law, Mrs. Byron B. Holiday, on Columbia street in Elmira, N.Y. Mr. Dobbs was tired of living, according to his own statement, and was undoubtedly mentally unsound. He was 69 years of age.
Mr. Dobbs spent a good portion of the winter in this borough with his daughter, Mrs. Harry Wheeler, on Central avenue. Only about ten days ago, he went to Elmira where his son Luther lives, and also his sister-in-law, Mrs. Holiday. Mr. Dobbs had been in poor health for some time. He was melancholy and had threatened to take his own life on several occasions. He had been carrying a bottle of laudanum in his pocket for several months and could not be persuaded to part with it. He was a widower and owned a house at Elmira Heights, where his wife died about two years ago. She was a sister of Mrs. B. Holiday. When in Elmira, Mrs. Dobbs made her home at the Holidays.
Last Thursday morning, after breakfast, Mr. Dobbs went to the kitchen for a glass of water. The girl saw him pour the contents of a bottle into the glass and drink it. She ran to Mrs. Holiday and told her she believed Mr. Dobbs had taken poison. Dr. Flood was sent for, he administered an antidote for laudanum. Dobbs was taken to the hospital where he died Thursday evening.
The funeral was held last Saturday afternoon.