BAWDEN: Edward TERRILL, 3rd child of Stephen Douglas and "Ella" WOODWARD, fire insurance adjustor and honorary policeman, carries badge and pistol
Edward TERRILL BAWDEN born 16 Nov 1874 in Davenport, graduated from Davenport High School and in 1894 realized his boyhood ambition becoming a fire insurance adjustor and inspector [author-compiler Alice Richardson Sloane, C.G. - no cites].
He accepted a job with Western Adjustment and Inspection Company in Chicago, Cook, Illinois. He became branch manager of the Cincinnati, Ohio office which covered a five-state territory. At age 31, his health failing, he returned to Davenport where he assisted the family in business affairs and served as vice president and director of Valley Place Investment Company which was the name of the family business selling land in the section of Rockingham Twp where his father owned from Rockingham Road to the river at OFFERMAN's Island - now Credit Island, a city park.
He never married, and died in the family home at 1315 E. 11th St. on 24 April 1924. He attended the Episcopal Church - probably Trinity Episcopal Cathedral not far from E. 11th St.
Richard BALLARD, who worked for the family drug store, BALLARD Drug and Dental Co., 106 W. 2nd, in Davenport, recalled Edward as one of their customers, purchasing large quantities of morphine tablets, a legal over-the-counter drug. He also recalled that Edward spent a good deal of time at the Police Station and was made an honorary Davenport policeman which entitled him to wear a large silver star on his coat and carry a nickel-plated revolver.
A newspaper article, pub date uncertain (1905-1924), probably in Davenport Democrat. I have copied it without edits.
Ed Bawden (torn) All of His Jobs: Ed Bawden will retain all of his jobs under the present administration, in spite of the fact that he is a consistent Republican. Mr. Bawden was the first man to greet Chief Boettcher after the latter’s appointment and hit him for a job or rather for reappointment to the several jobs which he has been holding for a number of years.
Ed is in a class all by himself, when it comes to office holding. He has served the city for years without remuneration. True, his salary has been placed at 23 cents a year, but Lieutenant Frank Lew of the police department, who makes out the police department payroll and is some artist at arithmetic, figured out a system of docking Ed two cents a day when the latter takes his summer vacation each year. So Ed owes the city $3.56 now instead of being an additional burden to the payroll.
Among Mr. Bawden’s official positions are those of assistant chief, assistant lieutenant, assistant sergeant, assistant detective, assistant patrolman and assistant police magistrate. He is a handy all-around man at this station , doing whatever he can, and doing it well, just because he wants to be doing something.
“I just like to be around,” said Ed, in response to a query this morning. “It makes me more contented with my own physical ills when I see the poor devils who gravitate into the station every day. I have enough to eat and wear and a good place to sleep and plenty of friends. Many of those who come in here every day have none of these blessings.”