ELDRIDGE: Kate, dtr of Jacob MULLEN and Mary HIGH WILLIAMS, marries Circuit Judge Samuel LYTER GLASPELL of Davenport, Scott, Iowa
Katherine, Katty, Kat, Kate ELDRIDGE was the third of nine children born 9 Mar 1855 in Davenport on the Jersey Ridge fruit farm. Jacob declared bankruptcy from the failing farm and moved his family, Mary and all 9 children into Davenport where it would be easier for the children to get to school. He built a house at the southwest corner of Farnam and Kirkwood Blvd.
Kate graduated form Davenport High School in 1874 (7th and Iowa Sts), and for 2 years she worked for her father in his real estate office. On 2 Aug 1876, Kate married Samuel LYTER GLASPELL in her family home.
Samuel was born in Davenport, 17 Jan 1852 to Isaac STANTHAN and Melisa Elizabeth LYTER GLASPELL. Isaac GLASPELL came to Davenport with his father, James, in 1839 from Cincinnati, Ohio. James and Duncan ELDRIDGE were founders of the Christian Church in Davenport. River town Cincinnati was already a bustling city and Davenport store owners would make supply trips to Cincinnati.
During the Civil War (1860-64), Samuel who was very young, attempted to go off to war as a drummer boy. His father discovered him marching down 2nd St. in a parade of enlistees and abruptly ended his military career.
He practiced law in Davenport after graduating from the University of Iowa Law School in Iowa City in 1874. However, his health was poor and doctors prescribed farm life. Kate, Samuel and baby Eula/Eulie/Eulalia GLASPELL born 12 Jun 1877 in Davenport, moved by train in 1879 to Wheatland, near Casselton, Dakota Territory.
Jamestown newspaper 4 Jan 1946: "They rented land and put in a crop. Later that year, J. M. ELDRIDGE, the father of Mrs. GLASPELL, joined them and coming farther west they bought several sections which they called Davenport Farms. The Northern Pacific official from whom they purchased the land named the station ELDRIDGE after Mrs. GLASPELL's father.
The first summer they lived in tents and boarded the carpenters and farm hands. Buildings were erected and considerable land broken. That winter was spent in Davenport. The following Spring they returned to ELDRIDGE and put in a large acreage of wheat, now owing to grasshoppers, the crop was a failure."
Samuel GLASPELL's health improved and the family moved to Jamestown, Stutsman, North Dakota, where he returned to his law practice. He was a member of the Dakota Territorial Council, the first prosecuting attorney of Stutsman County, and elected Judge of the North Dakota Fifth Judicial District in 1896, which he held for 8 years. He was a member of the Masonic Order.
Kate was a State Regent for the Daughters of the American Revolution (member #146933), she sang in the Presbyterian choir and was a member of the Music Club. She write several books, "The Life of a Woman", Traveling in Europe" and "Incidents in the Life of a Pioneer" where she describes her visit with President Benjamin HARRISON. (see blog page - excerpts from Incidents)
She became a member of the Christian Science Church in Jamestown, as did dtr Eula/Eulie/Eulalia. Mary BAKER EDDY, founder of Christian Science philosophy, frequently visited Eddy relatives in the Jamestown area and was a friend of Kate GLASPELL.
Samuel died 24 May 1909; Kate died 3 Jan 1946, both in Jamestown. Their bodies were brought to Davenport for burial in Oakdale Memorial Gardens.
Their 3 children were:
1. Eula/Eulie/Eulalia born 12 June 1877 in Davenport (see blog page)
2. Donald born 24 Jan 1882 in Jamestown, North Dakota where he attended Jamestown schools. He lived in Los Angeles, California, where he worked as a salesman. He did not marry. On 5 June 1969, he died there and is buried in Valhalla Cemetery.
3. Bernard born 3 Jan 1886 in Jamestown (see blog page)