ELDRIDGE: Joseph H. marries Ellen E. "Nellie" FOOTE from Upcern, Dorcet, England
Joseph H. (middle name?) ELDRIDGE was the son of John M. and Mary Ann ADAMS ELDRIDGE, born in 1834 (no date) in Gloucester County, New Jersey. He moved to Davenport with his family as a 5-year-old and attended public schools.
He married "Nellie" on 11 Feb 1858 in Davenport. She was born 2 Feb 1839 and came with her family to Davenport, Scott, Iowa in 1854. (no bio info) The couple farmed on Jersey Ridge Road in Davenport, near his father. They had 3 children.
In 1867, Joseph and his brothers, Theodore and Bowman, formed a "bakery, confectionery, restaurant, ice cream soda and oyster saloon". on the corner of 3rd and Perry Streets (razed for the Blackhawk Hotel). The brothers successfully operated the business until teir father died in 1892. The partnership dissolved and Joseph began the Joe Eldridge and Son Livery Co. on E. 3rd St. which he operated until his death. The automobile made its first appearance in 1892. The family home was at 120 W. 6th St. in Davenport.
Joseph died 26 Sept 1907, Ellen died 9 May 1920, both were members of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral and are buried in Oakdale Cemetery in Davenport.