ELDRIDGE: Mary Rebecca, the 1st of 4 children from Charles Henry and Mary Josephine "Josephine" WATERMAN ELDRIDGE
Mary Rebecca was born 10 August 1874 in Davenport, Scott, Iowa, and was called "Birdie" by her family. She graduated from Davenport High School and attended two years of college (no name).
She married Reverend Samuel DINWIDDIE McFADDEN, pastor of the First PResbyterian Church in LeClaire, Scott, Iowa. Samuel was born 7 July 1869 on a farm near Crawfordsville, Washington, Iowa, son of James and Martha Alice HOGGARD McFADDEN. He graduated from Parsons College in Fairfield, JEfferson, Iowa in 1891 and from McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, Illinois in 1895.
In 1904, Rev. McFADDEN was called to take the pastorate at Des Moines, Polk, Iowa's Westminster Church - a position he held for 7 years before becoming vice-president of Highland Park College in Des Moines. He died in Des MOines 7 Jan 1913 and is buried there in Glendale Cemetery.
After his death, Mary Rebecca worked as a secretary in Des Moines' West High School. She moved to Ames, Story, Iowa in 1930 where she was the house mother in the Mary B. WELCH Hall at Iowa State University.
They had one child: Samuel DINWIDDIE McFADDEN, born 10 April 1901 in Iowa. He died 21 Mar 1976 in Vista, California. No further info.
In 1949, Mary moved to San Francisco, California.
No death or burial info.