ELDRIDGE: Jacob MULLEN, father of 9, real estate developer, railroad developer, insurance agent, gson Harry BAWDEN repeats stories
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 254-255, 290 pps, no copyright, no ISBN, in the personal library of this writer.
Harry BAWDEN's family history:
Jacob was an active member of the First Christian Church and for many years offered a silver dollar to any Sunday school child that had a perfect attendance for one year. On the first Sunday of every year, Jacob would come to Sunday school with a bag of silver dollars which brightened the hearts of many children.
Jacob's first job was a teamster. He loved horses. He purchased his own horses. His last horse was 'Dan'. His real estate office was located at 5th & Brady STreet. Jacob worked hard and long hours and after closing his office he would get in his buggy and Dan would pull him home while he took a nap and woke up when Dan stopped in the barn.
Jacob was a lover of squirrels and would pay us [grandsons and granddaughters] 5¢ a bushel to pick up the nuts in his yard and store them for winter food for squirrels.
Jennie ELDRIDGE BAWDEN wrote the following about her father:
He later bought a farm on the Jersey Ridge Road where he married Mary WILLIAMS - our mother. And all of our family were born in this lovely home - it was a considerable fruit farm - I remember after we had moved into Davenport, almost every Sunday afternoon in nice weather we would drive out there. Mother, Father and Minnie, George and myself. All quite young children. Always had a nice large carriage - would come home with lovely apples and I suppose other fruit from the old home. Father loved it but he was in the real estate business in Davenport and as we all became school age, we would ride in every day with him to school - at least the older children. When father fought the house on 16th [Kirkwood Blvd] and Farnam I was about 3 or 4 years of age. George even 2 years younger. John DILLON purchased the house net to ours on Farnam. The 3 houses being alike at that time - the three homes in the whole block. We had beautiful grounds with lots of fruit trees - grapes, etc. Father added the bay window, also the large porch - and a large summer kitchen. We all married from that home.
Author-compiler Alice Richardson-Sloane writes in the appendix on p. 255:
Scott County Deed Record Book 37, p. 507, 558, 22 Apr 1868 records the bankruptcy in which Jacob is forced to sell a portion of his Jersey Ridge Road land in order to settle his debts. Apparently moving into town so the children could get to school was not the primary reason for leaving the fruit farm.