California Genealogy and History Archives
San Bernardino County and Riverside County
H. BORDWELL has had an interested and helpful part in practically
the entire history of the thriving little City of Upland, going there
when the scattered settlements were still known as North Ontario.
Throughout this period he has been identified with the commercial side
of the fruit industry.
Mr. Bordwell was born in
Calhoun County, Michigan, October 6, 1849, son of David B. and Martha B.
Bordwell, who were natives of New York State. Of their three sons H. W.
and L. C. are now deceased. M. H. Bordwell grew up on his father's farm,
and secured a common school education. In the intervals of his schooling
he worked in the fields and about the home, and that made up the routine
of his life until he was twenty-one. After about a year he was employed
in an agricultural implement business at Marshall, Michigan. In 1880 he
moved west to Madison County, Nebraska. In Nebraska Mr. Bordwell had
some more extensive relations with business affairs, buying and shipping
livestock and at times was a participant in several mercantile ventures.
He lived in that state ten years, and early in 1890 came to California.
For a time he and his family resided at Riverside, but soon joined the
colony at Upland.
Mr. Bordwell and Mr.
Fawsett formed a partnership to buy and dry green fruit, and developed
an extensive business as dealers and shippers of dried fruit out of this
district. Eventually their business was sold to a newly organized
corporation, the Ontario Packing Company, of which Mr. Bordwell was one
of the founders and in which he has been a director from the banning. He
is still buyer for his district. This company has branches throughout
Southern California, with main offices in Los Angeles. Mr. Bordwell was
also one of the early members of the Magnolia Mutual Building & Loan
Association at Upland, was a director, and the nineteenth annual report
names him as secretary and treasurer, the position he has filled for a
number of years. He is a director in the Citizens Savings Bank, a
life-long republican and a member of the Presbyterian Church. Mr.
Bordwell is a plain, unpretentious business man, and yet his associates
recognize him as one of the colony's steadily helpful and loyal members,
always ready to do his part in advancing the best interests of the
On November 29, 1876, he married Miss Judith J. Aldrich, also a native of Calhoun County, Michigan. Their only son is Reid B. Bordwell, who was born June 29, 1882, at Madison, Nebraska. He received most of his education in Upland, where he attended the high school, also took a business course in the Chaffey College at Ontario, and is an accountant by profession. Though not subject to the draft at the time and with a wife and child he volunteered July 1, 1918, at Los Angeles, and was assigned to Battery A, Fourth Regiment, Field Artillery. He received his honorable discharge December 20, 1918. In 1907 he married Beatrice Cerry, a native of London, Canada. They have one daughter Judith Louise Bordwell born June 11, 1908.
Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011