ELDRIDGE: Joseph H. and Nellie FOOTE ELDRIDGE's 3 children: Harry W., Anna FOOTE, and Willard B.
They were all born in Davenport, Scott, Iowa.
1. Harry W. (middle name unk), born 5 May 1859, attended public schools and Davenport's Griswold College, for men only. He married Nancy A. WHEELOCK on 19 Sept 1888 in Rock Island, Rock Island, Illinois. She was born 20 Sept 1866 in Moline, Rock Island, Illinois, dtr of Alonzo and Mary (maiden?) WHEELOCK. Harry worked briefly with his father, Joseph H., in the livery company, but most of his life was spent as a foreman or manager of various livery business in Davenport, and as a teamster for American Express. The last 14 years before his death, he worked as a salesman and/or attendant for the Pennslvania Oil Company in Davenport.
Harry was a member of the Moose and Woodman of the World. He died of sclerosis 23 July 1934. Nancy died at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City, Johnson, Iowa of broncho pneumonia. on 21 Oct 1943. Both are buried in Davenport's Oakdale Cemetery. They had no children
2. Anna FOOTE born ca 1865 (no date) and married Enoch Arthur Wood on 16 April 1890 in Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Davenport. Enoch was the son of Jeremiah and Lydia SMITH WOOD and he was born (no date) in Rock Island, Illinois. Enoch worked as a clerk in Tacoma, Washington at their marriage.
Anna and Enoch were living in New Orleans in 1925 when her younger brother Willard died. In 1933, Anna returned to Davenport as a widow (no death date for ENOCH) and lived with brother Harry until his death in 1934. It is not known when she died, and according to her niece, she and Enoch had no children.
3. Willard B. (middle name unk) was born 20 Dec 1877, worked with his father as a hostler (groom and care for horses). After his father's death, he continued to work as a teamster for various Davenport companies.
On 1 Apr 1901, Willard and Anna HEPNER were married by a Justice of the Peace in Davenport. She was born ca 1876 in Davenport (no date), dtr of Henry and Louise SCHROEDER HEPNER. No marriage disposition known.
About 1905, Willard married Mary Anna COOLBAUGH of Burlington, Des Moines, Iowa.
In the 1910 Iowa Federal Census, Willard and Mary Anna were enumerated in Davenport along with Alice, age 13, whose relationship to Willard is given as stepdaughter. (Alice might have been Mary Anna's dtr by a previous marriage).
According to Alice, she was discovered in 1897 as an infant under the seat of a railroad car with a laudaman-filled nipple in her mouth. Alice married David HARTER of Davenport (no BMD), and moved with her mother to Waterloo, Iowa after the death of her father.
In 1927 there appeared a notice in the Davenport Democrat seeking the whereabouts of the baby left under the seat of the train in 1897. The article instructed Alice to contact Mayor RODDEWIG of Davenport who directed her to a Mr. BEEKMAN in Petersburg, Menard, Illinois. According to Alice ELDRIDGE HARTER, she visited Mr. BEEKMAN and corresponded with him for many years, however, the relationship was not made known to her. She is presently married to Leonard HAMILTON and is living in Davenport (1986). I don't have access to SSDI now that Ancestry owns it.
Willard died 31 Oct 1925 at age 47 of a stroke and is buried in davenport's Oakdale Cemetery. Willard and Mary attended Trinity Episcopal Cathedral.
The Davenport City Directories list Mary ELDRIDGE as working in the Ozark Cafe as a cook in 1928. After that, her name is no longer found in other Scott County records.