ELDRIDGE: Kate GLASPELL is represented by 2 exerpts from her "Incidents in the Life of a Pioneer" published journal.
These exerpts come from the appendix of the following vinyl-bound gene study. See blog page for Kate ELDRIDGE and Samuel LYTER GLASPELL.
The Eldridge-Bawden Families: The Ancestry and Descendants of Duncan Campbell Eldridge and Stephen Bawden, Scott County, Iowa; author-compiler Alice Richardson Sloan, C.G. (dec 2011), commissioned by John Duvall Bawden (dec 1992), Bettendorf, Iowa; Anundsen Pub Co., Decorah, Iowa , 1986, p. 261-263, 290 pps, no copyright, no ISBN, in the personal library of this writer. Kate is the older sister of Jennie ELDRIDGE who married George Washington BAWDEN, this writer's legacy.
Incidents in the Life...Chapter XVII, p. 50
A VISIT TO WASHINGTON
One day when Mr. GLASPELL had business in the East, we took our children to Davenport and left them there with his mother [Melissa Elizabeth "Elizabeth" LYTER GLASPELL] and then went to Washington, the most interesting city in the world to good Americans, especially when Congress is in session.
One day, Senator CASEY, an old Jamestown friend, invited me to go out on a sight-seeing tour with him. We reached the President's early thinking he would not be there. But he heard us and invited us to enter. Senator CASEY said I was the wife of one of his constituents in North Dakota, and had come with my husband who was trying some cases in the Supreme Court. The President, General HARRISON, turned to me and said he was a lawyer and would like to know all about the case in question. I walked across the room and sat down beside him, although I don't remember that he invited me to do so. And I gave him a complete synopsis of three cases. I happened to turn my head and was surprised to see Senator CASEY still standing eside the door and with a most agonized expression on his face. It just occurred to me that probably the time of the Prsident of the United States might be valuable, so I arose to go.
I quickly began to thank him for his kindness, but he also arose, extended his hand and said, as any common gentleman would have done, "I am glad to have met you."
My naivete and ignorance of social customs probably afforded him abundant material for an amusing anecdote. Had we known that we were both descendants of that illustrious woman, POCAHONTAS (The Lady Rebecca), I should probably have stayed another hour or two and perhaps my husband and I would have been invited to dine at the White House.
Incidents in the Life of...Chapter V, p. 22
Soon my sister, Minnie ELDRIDGE, came up from Davenport to visit us. She was a young girl with a beautiful voice. I had no piano and there were few in the country. But our foreman had an accordian, so he brought it in and showed her how to use it. She became so expert she could play her own accompaniments at home or when we were invited some place in the country. She sang with the Presbyterian choir in Jamestown and sang a solo at the dedication of that church on July 31st, 1881.
The following day the Jamestown Alert said "and the choir was assisted in the music for the service by Miss Minnie ELDRIDGE of Davenport, Iowa whose sweet boice in the words of the hymn, 'Nearer My God to Thee" sung by her solo, held her listeners silent in reverent worship and made a fitting close for the service.
One evening we were all invited to a large party at the home of Captain McGINNIS in Jamestown, and they kept her singing most of the evening. It was a lovely party, and we stayed longer than we should have, for a storm was threatening. Friends insisted upon our staying in town, but I had left my child and felt I must get home. There were no roads, simply tracks in the grass, difficult to see at night. We had a light spring wagon and two frisky horses, which my husband drove. My sister and I sat on the back seat and leaned over the side to watch for the tracks. When we failed to see them, we were obliged to get out and hunt for them in the next flash of lightning. If you have never seen a storm here, you do not know how terrific they are. The thunder roars, while at the same time lightning flashes and makes everything as bright as day. This keeps on for some time until the rain starts coming. It was a hard trip, but we just reached home as the storm broke, and it was Hades let Loose."
Ed. note - The marriage of Martha BOLLING who was 2g-granddaughter of Pocahontas and Thomas ELDRIDGE has been traced and is NOT in my ELDRIDGE lineage.