ELDRIDGE: Jennie, 7th child of Jacob MULLEN and Mary HIGH WILLIAMS, marries attorney George Washington BAWDEN,
Jennie was born 15 July 1865 on the Jersey Ridge Road fruit farm, 3 miles outside of the Davenport boundaries, as were her siblings. Jacob declared bankruptcy, built a house at the southwest corner of Farnam and Kirkwood Blvd, and raised his family. All the girls were married in this family home. It was convenient for school and getting groceries.
On 14 Mar 1885, George Washington BAWDEN married 19-year-old Jenny ELDRIDGE in her family home at 1530 Faram St. For the next 12 years, the BAWDENs made their home in Muscatine, Muscatine, Iowa where George first practiced law with Allen BROOMHALL. In 1886, he became vice-president of the Iowa Mortgage Co. Brother-in-law-to-be, J. B. (John Baker) PHELPS was the president.
In 1895, the family returned to Davenport where George formed a partnership with Julius LISCHER. Jacob ELDRIDGE gave Jennie and George 80 ft of land to build a house on Kirkwood Blvd. In 1916 Jennie ELDRIDGE BAWDEN moved her family, including widow Edna HASKINS BAWDEN, to 1203 E. 2nd Ave. (9th St. now) Edna was the wife of George's nephew, Stephen Phelps Bawden. Jennie lived here until 1928.
Jennie probably welcomed many people to their home and at many social events. George was an active member of the Republican Party and was prominent in Davenport politics. He was elected to 2 terms as 5th ward alderman (he declined a thrd term as well as nomination for candidate for Davenport mayor). He was vice-president and Counsel for Iowa and Illinois Railroad at the time of the building of the interurban line between Davenport and Clinton. In 1902 George became a stockholder and president of the Times Corporation, under the direction of E. P. (Phillip) ADLER who published the Daily Times newspaper. He was a Chancellor Commander of the Knights of Pythias and a member of the Davenport Turner Society.
George suffered from diabetes and in the Spring of 1905, went to Excelsior Springs, Missouri to regain his health. Friends and family told him the trip wasn't going to give him any relief but he went anyway. He died there 23 Mar 1905 at the age of 46.
Jennie died 1 Apr 1959 in the Davenport home of her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Albert Bawden. She was a member of teh First Presbyt;erian Church where she and the boys rented pew #32 for 25¢ a year along with her annual tithe. She served 2 terms as president of the Ladies Society. They are buried in Oakdale Cemetery in Davenport on the Jacob and Mary ELDRIDGE lot.
They had the three Bawden brothers in Muscatine, Muscatine, Iowa:
1. Albert Ralph b 6 Aug 1886,
2. George Ray b. 27 Nov 1890
3. Harry ELDRIDGE b 8 Sept 1894