ELDRIDGE - BAWDEN: Jennie writes about her marriage to George Washington BAWDEN, son of Stephen and Mary TERRILL appeared in the Davenport Democrat newspaper, front page, 5 Mar 1885
A couple who are native to our town and who have the friendship and esteem of all who know them, were married last evening at the home of the bride's parents [Jacob MULLEN and Mary HIGH WILLIAMS ELDRIDGE]. Miss Jennie ELDRIDGE, daughter of J. M. ELDRIDGE, and George W. BAWDEN of Muscatine. Nettie B. CHENOWETH was the bride's companion at the altar, and Mr. Ed. IRWIN of Muscatine was the groom's best man. The bride is a young lady of charming graces and elegancies, and the young husband is greatly respected here in his native city [born in Norristown, Montgomery, Pennsylvania] and in his practice of law. The Journal (Muscatine newspaper) remarks that MR. and Mrs. BAWDEN will take up their abode in the Spring residence, Third Street hill, which has been handsomely furnished for the reception of the bride. Muscatine society will extend a warm welcome to the estimable young couple. Mr. BAWDEN, during his two year residence in this city, has won the high personal esteem of all with whom he has come in contact, and has proven himself a business man of fine abilities. The bride is one of Davenport's brightest and loveliest young ladies and will quickly win a place in the hearts of a whole host of friends in Muscatine.
An undated account of the marriage of Jennie and George written by Jennie probably just before her death.
George BAWDEN, altho in business in Muscatine, remained with his sister when in Davenport [Mary TERRILL BAWDEN ILES], until his marriage to Jennie Eldridge in 1885, March 4th. The wedding taking place in her old home, Farnam Street and Kirkwood Blvd. At that time it was 16th Street, not acquiring the dignified name of Kirkwood Blvd until many years later. Just a quiet family wedding about 50 relatives and friends at 4 o'clock in the afternoon. Anna Crawaford playing the wedding march. Then a wedding supper. Ed IRWIN was Mr. BAWDEN's best man, Nettie CHENOWITH my brides maid. Aunt Minnie being general hostess as Mother could only be seated through all the festivities being an invalid for many years. Then we took train at 7 p.m. for Muscatine, where a lovely apartment was awaiting our occupancy.
Jennie wrote this about her husband (no date)
He was a brilliant orator and Public speaker - One day in Muscatine he addressed a large crowd in Court House square. Grandpa and Grandma ELDRIDGE [Duncan and Rebecca] came down to dinner and hear him make the address. AFter serving them all at dinner he told me he could not eat much - I wish I had made Albert serve the dinner.