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ELDRIDGE: Dr. Elizabeth, 1st child of Jacob MULLEN and Mary HIGH WILLIAMS, dies of diabetes in Ames, Iowa

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Elizabeth ELDRIDGE was born 3 Apr 1852 in Davenport, Scott, Iowa, called "Lizzie" by family.

She graduated from Davenport High School (7th & Iowa - not current campus at 10th and Main)and attended 4 years of college (no name), after which she was known as Dr. ELDRIDGE, a medical doctor. She worked for her father, Jacob, in his real estate office for 2 years. On 4 December 1871, Lizzie married William I. JOY (no BMD) in her family home on Farnam. The 1880 Iowa Federal Census shows Elizabeth JOY as divorced living with her parents.

About 1882 (no date), she married Dr. Reuben F. ELDRIDGE...no relation. He was born March 1858 (no date) in Pennsylvania (no city), son of Joseph G. and Lucinda ARNOLD ELDRIDGE. Reuben graduated from (my source says) State University Medical College in 1881. (prevaling location University of Iowa, Iowa City).

The family moved to Dawson, Dallas, Iowa, a small railroad town west of Des Moines. Reuben practiced medicine, successfully operated a brick manufacturing company and was the leader of the Dawson Cornet Band. He would not allow his wife to practice as a doctor because, according to family tradition, her training did not agree with his medical philosophy.She was a "pill doctor".

Reuben and Elizabeth ELDRIDGE were divorced before 1910 (no date). By 1917, Reuben married Sarah Alma CUMMNGS, a registered nurse. Sarah CUMMINGS was born 18 Aug 1877 and died 15 May 1964 at Britt, Iowa. She and Reuben are buried in Perry, Iowa's Violet Hill Cemetery. Reuben died in an automobile accident north of Adel, Iowa on 3 Jan 1926.

Elizabeth moved with their children, Madge, Joseph M., Waldo E. and Minnie to Ames, Iowa where she lived for 20 years before her death from diabetes on 2 Sept 1923. She was a member of the Christian Science Church.

Lizzie and Wm JOY's children:
Roy/Ray JOY born 1873 (no date in Davenport, d 17 Feb 1875 in Valley City, (no Pleasant Valley), Iowa

Maynard JOY b (my source) July 1874, SSDI says 5 Feb 1880 in Davenport. Maynard was living in New York City at his mother's death. He died Mar 1968 (no date, SSDI) in Bedford, Middlesex, Massachusetts. Buried Shawsheen Cemetery, Bedford.

Lizzie and Dr. Reuben ELDRIDGE's children:
Madge (nickname - not found in SSDI) born 2 July 1887 in Iowa (Davenport or Dawson?), married Leroy "Roy"
Wesley BROADIE who was born (my source) 28 Oct 1882 (SSDI says 8 Apr 1891) No BMD. They lived in Mason City, Cerro Gordo, Iowa where he worked as warehouseman for the Northern Sugar Company until 1931.

Joseph M. born 9 Oct 1889 in Iowa (Davenport or Dawson?). He graduated from Ames High School and from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa with a degree in Chemistry. During WWI, he worked in Madison, Dane, Wisconsin for the Department of War in the Chemical Warfare Service. He died of pneumonia on 4 Dec 1918 in Madison several weeks before he was to marry Miss Laura JONES, an instructor at the university. Joseph was a member of the Christian ?Science Church and is buried in the Ames Municipal Cemetery with his mother and niece, 3-year-old Betty Jean Thomas.

Waldo E. born 21 Aug 1891 in Iowa (Davenport or Dawson). He graduated from college and gave his occupation to the census taker in 1915 as an unemployed button maker (sense of humor?? or true?). At his father's death in 1926, he as living in Amarillo, Randall, Texas. He died 18 Mar 1965. (no burial info). He was a cook in the Army during WWI.

Minnie born Oct 1894 (no date) in Iowa (Davenport or Dawson). She and husband Dr. Elbert B. THOMAS, a veterinarian, lived in Ames, Iowa in 1921, and in Marengo, Iowa, Iowa at her father's death. Elbert was possibly born 14 Mar 1886 (no place) and died in Des Moines, Polk, Iowa Nov 1974 (SSDI). (no date). They had only a daughter, Elizabeth "Betty" - marker says - Jean THOMAS, born 1921 (no date), died 18 Dec 1924 and is buried in the Ames Iowa Municipal Cemetery next to her grandmother, Dr. Elizabeth ELDRIDGE.

Surnames: ARNOLD BROADIE CUMMINGS ELDRIDGE JONES JOY THOMAS
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by Bawden4 on 2011-12-14 16:05:02

The Eldridge-Bawden Families: The Ancestry and Descendants of Duncan Campbell Eldridge and Stephen Bawden, Scott County, Iowa; author-compiler Alice Richardson Sloane, C.G. (dec 2011), commissioned by John Duvall Bawden (dec 1992), Bettendorf, Iowa; Anundsen Pub Co., Decorah, Iowa , 1986, pps 56-57, 290 pps, no copyright, no ISBN, in the personal library of this writer.

References on pps 57-58 for the above vinyl-bound work:
1880 Iowa FederalCensus, Scott County, Davenport, v 28, ED 278, S4, L14
1900 Iowa FEderal Census, Polk County, V 62, ED 79, S 6, L 39 #914
1900 Iowa Federal Census, Dallas County, Dallas Twp V 20, ED 7 S 2, L 32
1910 Iowa Federal Ceusus, Dallas County, Dallas Twp SD 7, ED 7 Sheet 1-B, #16-16
1915 Iowa State Census, Story County, Hancock County #48, 49, Dallas County, #236, Dallas County, Dallas Twp, File Drawer 4, Drawer 2, #50
Davenport, Iowa City Directories
Ames, Iowa City Directories
Mason City, Iowa City Directories
Ames Municipal Cemetery, Ames, Story Iowa
Ames Tri-Weekly Times: 6 Dec 1918 p. 1
Ames Daily Tribune: 4 Sept 1923 p 1
Past and Present of Dallas County, Iowa 1907: pp 202-204
Dallas County Iowa Probate: will of Dr. R. E. Eldridge
Violet Hill Cemetery, Perry, Iowa
Perry Daily Chief newspaper; 4 Jan 1926 front page
Scott County, Iowa deed record book 77 p 193
Davenport Democrat newspaper: 4 Dec 1871 front page; 8 Jan 1879 (no page)
Story County Iowa probate: will of Lizzie E. Eldridge; book 5, p. 84, Box 61 #4084
Mason City, Iowa voters records
State of Wisconsin Department of Health, Certificate of death

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