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ELDRIDGE: George Joseph, son of Joseph Bowman and Martha MANLEY, last male heir to local ELDRIDGE name

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George Joseph was born the only son of Joseph and Martha ELDRIDGE on 18 Feb 1923 in Davenport, Scott, Iowa. He had an older sister Jacque Marietta. This legacy retreats 3 generations to John and Mary Ann ADAMS ELDRIDGE - Duncan Campbell ELDRIDGE's brother - two of Josiah's sons.

George attended Davenport public schools, Sacred Heart School and Davenport's St. Ambrose Academy (no longer exists). He left the academy in an unsuccessful attempt to inlist in the armed forces during WWII but completed his high school education in 1965 when a received a diploma from Davenport Central High School.

An earlier cousin, Jacob Mullen ELDRIDGE, oldest son of Duncan and Rachel BROWN ELDRIDGE, was the namesake to the town of ELDRIDGE, Scott, Iowa.

He was first employed by the L.E. Jacobs Dental Laboratory in Davenport and then for 13 years at International Harvester Farmall Works in East Moline, Illinois. For almost 30 years he worked for the US government at the Rock Island, Illinois Arsenal as a storage management specialist and then in Germany as a supply depot supervisor retiring in 1983.

He married Fay Joyce "Joyce" FARLEY in Trenton, Grundy, Missouri on 24 May 1944. She was born 30 Dec 1923 in Harris, Sullivan, Missouri, dtr of Jerome Louis and Pebble AUXIER RALLS FARLEY. After taking several business courses, she moved to Rock Island, Rock Island, Illinois where she worked at International Harvester. From 1950 until her retirement in 1969, Joyce was emloyed as a quality control inspector at Bendix Co. in Davenport. They had no children.

George was an active parishioner at Davenport's St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church. His memberships included Knights of Columbus #532, the Marion Movement of Priests, Blue Army of FAtima, National Assn of Federal Employees and secretary of Isaac Walton League.

He died 11 Oct 2007 in Davenport and they are buried in Davenport's Memorial Park.

Surnames: ADAMS AUXIER ELDRIDGE FARLEY RALLS
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by Bawden4 on 2011-12-22 15:07:51

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

References for George and Joseph on page 85 of this vinyl-bound issue:
Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Davenport, Iowa
Memorial Park Cemetery, Davenport, Iowa
Quad City Times newspaper: 17 Sept 1982 p. 22; 30 Apr 1986, front page, 12 Oct 2007
Davenport, Iowa City Directories
Democrat and Leader newspaper: 8 Apr 1947 p 9; 3 Dec 1950 p. 34
Scott County vital records: birth, marriage, death
Information given by Mrs Mercedes Hart Eldridge and George Joseph Eldridge of Davenport, Iowa June 1985

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