BAWDEN: George Washington, son of Stephen and Mary TERRILL BAWDEN, married Jennie ELDRIDGE: obit posted in Davenport Daily Times newspaper, 24 Mar 1905
GEORGE W. BAWDEN DIES AFTER BRIEF ILLNESS
Davenport Attorney Passes Away at Excelsior Springs, Missouri
WAS PROMINENT IN BUSINESS CIRCLES
He was president of the Times Company and vice president of the I & I Interurban at time of his death
George W. BAWDEN passed away at Excelsior Springs, Missouri yesterday afternoon about 3:00, after an illness of several weeks. Davenport relatives had received word yesterday morning of his serious condition and his sister-in-law and her husband, Mr. and Mrs. Carl SCHLEGEL [Minnie ELDRIDGE] were preparing to leave for his bedside. Before thay had left, however, word was received of his death. They proceeded on their way last night and will return with the sorrowing wife and the body tomorrow morning. Funeral arrangements will be then made.
There was a general sorrow expressed throughout the city this morning when the news of his death was made known. His prominence in legal and city affairs had made him widely known and his personality won friends and admirers for him among all with whom he came in contact.
Mr. BAWDEN went to Excelsior Springs about two weeks ago to recuperate, his health being poor, it was thought that the change and the treatment there would benefit him. Among his closest friends, however, there was little hope of his recovery, and although it was not thought that he would die soon, his ultimate death was expected from his recent illness. Diabetes is given as the cause of death.
George W. BAWDEN, the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen BAWDEN, was born in Norristown, Montgomery, Pennsylvania, May 9, 1859. He moved to a farm near Davenport [Rockingham Twp] arriving in this city Sept 1, 1860. He was educated in the city schools and received a diploma from the Davenport high school. Shortly after graduating, Mr. BAWDEN entered the University of Iowa and remained in the institution until he graduated from the law school in 1880.
He then returned to Davenport and entered the law office of the late Judge GRANT, where he continued to fit himself for his profession. After studying under Judge GRANT for some time, the young man took a position in the law office of C. A. FICKE where he remained for about two years.
Being chosen as attorney for the receiver of the Iowa Mortgage Company, Mr. BAWDEN removed to Muscatine, where he established himself in the practice of law. While in Muscatine Mr. BAWDEN became a member of the Knights of Pythias and became past chancellor commander of one of the lodges in that city.
After living in Muscatine for 11 years he gave up his practice there and returned to Davenport in 1895. Shortly afterward he formed a partnership with Julius LISCHER which continued until Mr. LISCHER's death in 1902. Fred W. NEAL was taken into the firm when MR. LISCHER became county attorney but the partnership was dissolved by the death of Mr. LISCHER.
In January 1903, the firm of BAWDEN & THUENEN was formed. City Attorney Henry THUENEN being the junior member.
Mr. BAWDEN was a Republican in politics and has always taken a lively interest in public affairs. In the Spring of 1897 he was elected alderman from the Fifth Ward in the city council. His term expired in 1900 and he refused another nomination. Mr. BAWDEN was admirably fitted for the office of alderman. He was a thorough business man and no man could influence him to do a thing which he believed was not for the best interests of the people. His services in the council were appreciated by every good citizen in the city.
Since leaving the council, Mr. BAWDEN has devoted his time exclusively to his law practice and his duties as attorney for the Iowa & Illinois railway. He became the legal representative of the company when it was first organized and during the preliminary arrangements for the building of the road, he was indefatigable in his efforts to make the line a reality. The work of securing the right-of-way together with other matters which required his attention brought Mr. BAWDEN an immense amount of work but he never faltered through it all and much of the credit for the successful culmination of the project is due to his energy and determination.
About three years ago MR. BAWDEN became a stockholder in the Times company and was shortly afterward selected to be its president.
On March 4, 1885, Mr. BAWDEN was united in marriage to Miss Jennie ELDRIDGE, daughter of the late Jacob MULLEN ELDRIDGE, of Davenport. Three sons, Albert, Ray and Harry were born to them. He is also survived by three brothers, S.D. [Stephen Douglas], Thomas J. and Dr. H. L. BAWDEN, besides his wife and children.
See bio blog with a few other notes.