ELDRIDGE: Frank Wallace, 4th child of Jacob MULLEN and Mary HIGH WILLIAMS, carpenter, farmer, mail carrier
Frank Wallace ELDRIDGE was born 29 July 1858 in Davenport, Scott, Iowa on the Jersey Ridge Rd. fruit farm. Jacob declared bankruptcy on the failing business and moved the family to Davenport where he built a house on the southwest corner of Farnam and Kirkwood Blvd.
A great-nephew, Bernard G. GLASPELL recalls Frank ran away from home and came west to North Dakota and Nebraska. He and a friend were driving a team of oxen to Colorado when they were caught in a blizzard and almost froze to death. The skin on Frank's arms, legs and face was disfigured.
Frank returned to Davenport and married Louella A. ALLEN on 11 Nov 1878 in Pleasant Valley, Scott, Iowa. She was born 13 Aug 1860 dtr of William and Martha S. ALLEN of Pleasant Valley, where Louella was educated in the old red bruck one-room school.
Frank and Louella purchased land near older sister Kate and husband Samuel LYTER GLASPELL, in Newbury, Stutsman, North Dakota where they farmed for 2 summers before returning to Davenport to stay. Frank worked as a carpenter at the Rock Island Arsenal until 1890, when he became a mail carrier for the Davenport Post Office, a position he maintained until 1912.
After Frank retired, he and Louella moved to California where they lived for some years. They moved to Omaha, Douglas, Nebraska, to live with dtr Maude/Maud. After Maude's death in 1936, they lived with their oldest dtr, Mable in Mason City, Iowa.
Louella ALLEN ELDRIDGE died 19 May 1941 in Davenport, Scott, Iowa while visiting her family. Frank died 2 Mar 1942 of diabetes in Mason City. They were members of Edwards Congregational Church in Davenport and are buried in Davenport's Oakdale Cemetery.
Their 3 children were:
1. Mabel born 1879 (no date) in Newbury, Stutsman, ND, married Ernest L. ADE, son of Joseph and Sophia PHILLIPS ADE, 8 June 1904 by a Baptist minister in her family home at 1225 Perry St. (still exists) in Davenport.
Ernest was born 1878 (no date) in Maquoketa, Cedar Iowa and was employed as a bookkeeper by the G. S. Johnson Flour Co. in Davenport before moving to Mason City, Cerro Gordo, Iowa in 1913. He died there 16 Apr 1942. Mabel died there 6 Aug 1946. They had no children. Both are buried in the ADE lot in Oakdale Cemetery.
2. Maude/Maud born 16 Sept 1882 in Pleasant Velley, Scott, Iowa. She married Charles Alfred BROWN in the family home on 16 Aug 1905 by a minister of the Christian Church. Charles was the son of Samuel MILLS and Rosetta (Rose in 1880 ceusns) NEVIN MORRIS BROWN). [Charles' youngest sibling, Morse/Morris NEVIN BROWN, b 28 Dec 1881 in Richland, Kalamazoo, Michigan married Mae Ella BAWDEN, dtr of Dr. Henry Lightbourne and Bella ANGEL BAWDEN]
Charles was born 19 July 1870 in Richland, Kalamazoo, Michigan. He was a CPA with Anaconda Mining Co. In Anaconda, Deer-Lodge, Montana when they were married. Charles died 1 Aug 1962 probably in Omaha, Nebraska (SSDI says only Nebraska) Maude died 11 Jan 1936 in Omaha, Douglas, Nebraska and is buried in Oakdale Memorial Gardens in Davenport. They had no children.
3. Lura born July 1884 (no date in Davenport. She died 6 Dec 1884 of thrush and is buried with her grandparents, Wm and Marths S. ALLEN in Oakdale.