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BAWDEN: Ralph Eldridge, son of A.R. and 2nd wife "Tess" HART, lawyer Captain in Judge Advocate General's Office in NJ, marries, has 4 children

Ralph ELDRIDGE BAWDEN was born 13 Aug 1946 in Davenport, Scott, Iowa.

After graduation from Assumption High School in Davenport, he attended Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois. He graduated from University of Illinois Law School in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois: he fulfilled his ROTC obligation by serving in the Army as a Captain.

He married Kathleen BROGAN, 30 Oct 1971 in Bellwood, Cook, Illinois. She was born 12 Apr 1949 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois dtr of Michael Francis and Margaret Mary YERBICH BROGAN.

Kathleen graduated from Nazareth Academy in LaGrange, Illinois. For two years, she attended Loyola University and graduated from Mundelein College with a BA in Music History and English Literature.

Ralph and Kathleen lived in Farmersville, Montgomery, Illinois where Ralph was a member of FUCHS, DODD, FUCHS, and BAWDEN law firm. They attended a Catholic church. They had 4 children:

They moved to Davenport in 2009 and lived in his family home. Kathy died 31 December 2010 in Davenport. She is buried in Davenport's Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

1. Thomas Michael born 4 Jun 1972 in Fort Dix Hospital, New Jersey
2. Peter Eldridge born 8 Apr 1974 in Great Lakes Naval Training Hospital, Chicago
3. Andrew James born 15 Jan 1977 in Springfield, Sangamon, Illinois
4. Emily Margaret born 12 July 1980 in Springfield.

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BAWDEN: Robert Albert, 3rd child A.R. and Mabelle BUFORD BAWDEN, secy Rotary Intnl, Sgt in Army, played Rhapsody in Blue

Robert was born 2 Jan 1927 in Davenport, Scott, Iowa the 3rd child of Albert Ralph and Mabelle BUFORD BAWDEN. Marian Jane BAWDEN CHRIFIELD and Virginia Jane, an infant, born 6 Aug 1915 and died 6 Aug 1920 in Davenport preceded Robert. A half-brother Ralph succeeds him.

Robert graduated from Davenport [Central] High School and attended St. Ambrose College [University] in Davenport before serving as a Sergeant in the Army after WWII in Germany. Following his discharge, he returned to St. Ambrose to complete his freshman year. In the Fall of 1947, he he enrolled in the University of Iowa (Iowa City, Johnson Cnty) where he graduated in 1950 from the College of Commerce with a Bachelor of Science degree and major in advertising.

He married Sarah Jean GIBSON on 31 Mar 1951 in Rock Island, Illinois Trinity Episcopal Church. Sarah was the dtr of James WATSON and Mary Mabel BECHTEL GIBSON born 27 May 1926 in Marshalltown, Marshall, Iowa. Her father
was born in Glasgow, Scotland 22 Sept 1881 and died 10 Nov 1962 in Marshalltown. Sarah graduated form Marshalltown High School and the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism. Bob and Sarah were members of the University of Iowa marching band: she played the clarinet and Bob played the cornet. Bob played Rhapsody in Blue for part of his senior year graduation requirement.

In 1950, Bob joined Bawden Bros., Inc. the family advertising and printing agency in Davenport where he was an account executive. In 1972, he became Executive Secretar of the Rotary International Club of Davenport as its first full-time secretary. Sarah began to write for the Davenport Daily Times newspaper in 1947 [Quad-City Times] and was Entertainment Editor and Religion Editor. She was a member of the Iowa Press Women and the National Federation of Press Women. She died in Silvis, Rock Island, Illinois' Illini Hospital on 9 Dec 2003.

In 1980 Bob was selected as honorary Paul Harris Fellow in Rotary International - given by the Rotary Club of Davenport in recognition of outstanding service to the community and organization. Bob died 26 Jun 2000 in Davenport. They had 4 children incl. a set of fraternal twins: James Stephen born with brother Albert Daniel on 30 Oct 1952 in Davenport, Frederick Andrew born 28 Apr 1955 and Virginia Mabel (Ginna) born 22 Apr 1958 in Davenport.

Bob and Sarah are buried in Rock Island Arsenal National Cemetery, Rock Island, Illinois.

BAWDEN: Marian Jane, 2nd child AR and Mabelle BUFORD BAWDEN, radio announcer, art buyer for J. Walter Thompson Ad Agcy, marries, has 2 dtrs in Chicago

Marian Jane was born 12 Jan 1920 in Davenport, Scott, Iowa. She attended Davenport schools, graduated from Rockford College in Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois where she majored in English and business. She was a member of Alpha Theta National Honor Music Sorority.

During WWI she was a radio announcer for WOC in Davenport, one of the first women to hold that sort of position in Iowa. For several years, Marian worked for BAWDEN Bros. Inc, the family business, selling advertising. She moved to Chicago, Cook, Illinois to work for J. Walter THOMPSON Advertising Agency as an art buyer.

On 31 May 1946, Marian married Robert Eugene CRIHFIELD, Jr. in Chicago's 4th Presbyterian Church on Michigan Avenue.

Robert CRIHFIELD, Jr. was born 1 May 1920 in Normal, McLean, Illinois to Robert Eugene and Edna STEWART CRIHFIELD of Atlanta, Logan, Illinois. He attended the University of Illinois in Normal and Beloit College where he majored in political science. WWII interrupted and he enlisted 21 July 1942 in the Army at Ft. Sheridan, Illinois. He was a Sergeant in the 707th Army-Air Force Band until he was discharged in 1946.

He was an advertising executive working for Leo BURNETT Advertising Agency in Chicago and later was in charge of advertising for Liebel-Florsheim Company in Cincinnati, Ohio. They are buried in Atlanta, Illinois with his family. They had 2 dtrs: Ann ELDRIDGE born 23 Sept 1952 and Lynn NOBLE born 14 Apr 1955 both in Chicago.

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GANSERT: William ILES m. Helen DETJENS, has son John ILES, deserts family in 1925 for San Fran Bay area. No other info.

William was born 13 July 1896 in Davenport, Scott, Iowa, son of William and Mary ILES GANSERT.

The family returned to their home at 807 22nd Street, Rock Island, Illinois (now in historic district) from Davenport, Scott, Iowa on E. 13th St. shortly after his birh. "Iles" worked at the family candy company shortly before his father's death in 1919.

On 4 Jun 1920, Wm married Helen Katherine DETJENS in Rock Island's Trinity Episcopal Church. She was the dtr of Herman and Katherine MUELLER DETJENS, born 2 May 1897 in Rock Island, Rock Island, Illinois. She graduated from Rock Island High School and Monticello Seminary in Alton, Madison, Illinois; she attended the University of Chicago and graduated from the Technical Normal School of Chicago as a dietician.

Mother Mary ILES GANSERT moved to Davenport, shortly after Helen and Wm were married, giving the GANSERT family home in Rock Island to her son.

In 1925 William ILES GANSERT left his wife and child and moved to the San Francisco, California Bay area.

Nothing more is known about him.

Helen remained in Rock Island where she was Society Editor for the Davenport Daily Times newspaper until 1944. In 1945, she became Society Editor for the Argus newspaper in Rock Island, and editor of the International Harvester magazine (farm implement mfg). After son John graduated from Grinnell College, in Grinnell, Poweshiek, Iowa she moved with him to Pasadena, California where she organized a scientific library at the Naval Ordnance Test Station in Inyokern, California. Helen GANSERT attended college near her home in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Wm and Helen had only one son: John ILES GANSERT: born 5 April 1921 in Rock Island, Rock Island, Illinois. (seperate blog)
No death info for Wm. Death info for Helen: 2001 in Maricopa County, Arizona...need date and city.

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GANSERT: John ILES, son of Wm ILES and Helen DETJENS, develops camera for reconnaissance planes, gets Grinnell College stained glass, College pays,

John was born 5 Apr 1921 in Rock Island, Rock Island, Illinois, an only child. He showed great ability in math and photography. He graduated from Rock Island High School and in 1943, from Grinnell College, Grinnell, Poweshiek, Iowa, majoring in physics.

After graduation, he went to Cal Tech to join a crew of young scientists at the Naval Ordnance Test Station in the desert at Inyokern, California. These people were commissioned by the US government to develop a camera used in reconnaissance planes. His mother, Helen, came with him and organized the scientific library at the NOTS.

While at Inyokern on 17 November 1946, John married Doris Lucile WILLIAMS in Pasadena, born 13 Jul 1923, dtr of Mr. and Mrs. John B. WILLIAMS, of Ottumwa, Wapello, Iowa. She also graduated from Grinnell College.

John died of a heart attack on 13 May 1947 in Pasadena, California. A large stained glass window of David in the chapel at Grinnell College was dedicated to his memory by family and friends. There was not enough money given and the artist had not been paid. Grinnell College paid for the window.

Doris died 23 September 1988 in Shawnee Mission, Johnson, Kansas. No burial info avail. John is buried in Rock Island's Memorial Park Cemetery. They had no children.

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GANSERT: William ILES, attends Stanford Univ in San Fran, m. Helen DETJENS, works in family candy company, deserted wife and child for San Fran Bay area

William was born 13 July 1896 in Davenport, Scott, Iowa, son of William and Mary ILES GANSERT.

The family returned to their home at 807 22nd Street, Rock Island, Illinois (now in historic district) from Davenport, Scott, Iowa on E. 13th St. shortly after his birh. "Iles" worked at the family candy company shortly before his father's death in 1919.

On 4 Jun 1920, Wm married Helen Katherine DETJENS in Rock Island's Trinity Episcopal Church. She was the dtr of Herman and Katherine MUELLER DETJENS, born 2 May 1897 in Rock Island, Rock Island, Illinois. She graduated from Rock Island High School and Monticello Seminary in Alton, Madison, Illinois; she attended the University of Chicago and graduated form the Technical Normal School of Chicago as a dietician.

Mother Mary ILES GANSERT moved to Davenport, shortly after Helen and Wm were married, giving the GANSERT family home in Rock Island to her son. In 1925 William ILES GANSERT left his wife and child and moved to the San Francisco, California Bay area. Nothing more is known about him.

Helen remained in Rock Island where she was Society Editor for the Davenport Daily Times newspaper until 1944. In 1945, she became Society Editor for the Argus newspaper in Rock Island, and editor of the International Harvester magazine (farm implement mfg). After son John graduated from Grinnell College, in Grinnell, Poweshiek, Iowa she moved with him to Pasadena, California where she organized a scientific library at the Naval Ordnance Test Station in Inyokern, California. Helen GANSERT attended college near her home in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Wm and Helen had only one son: John ILES GANSERT: born 5 April 1921 in Rock Island, Rock Island, Illinois. (seperate blog)
Death info for Helen: 2001 in Maricopa County, Arizona...need date and city. I have SS# if you write me.

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ELY: Stephen Lee/Lea, son of Solomon Leander and Mary Elizabeth "Lizzie" BAWDEN, savant, Ph.D in philosophy, spends high school summer in Des Moines Round House

Excerpts following from a letter written by Stephen Lee ELYs friend Richard W. BALLARD of Denver, Colorado - Memorial Day 1985. Richards father owned BALLARD Drug and Dental, on 2nd St. in Davenport where many of the BAWDENs shopped.

He was by all current standards a true savant, but a very well-balanced one; he sight-read Latin (even Cicero) to the extent the teacher was certain he had a pony hidden over-leaf. There was none. In spite of his mastery of just about everything with a once-over-light, he didnt appear to be bored, or even arrogant, as some of these unfortunates are likely to be.

[In his letter, Mr. BALLARD refers to Stiffen Lea. This was a nickname - Lee Elys fathers middle name was Leander, a name which had become humorous to school boys by 1900, and the name Stiffen referred to an occasional overindulgence of alcohol during his high school days.]

Lea ELY was a strike-breaker or scab, of which Im one. Summer of 1922, the Maintenance of Way Union went out nationally. They were shop and round house, and gandy dancers (section hands) but the Brotherhoods didnt support them. Even so, their work on locomotives and cars and right-of-way was beginning to be felt by June, and wed just graduated from DHS - pretty cocky, us! (Central High School, Davenport, Iowa).

A classmate wrote that unbelievable wages were being paid, and come on to join him. We took the night day-coach for Des Moines; even then strikers were riding the trains, looking for strike-breakers. When identified as such, they were treated roughly, even before they were employed as such. Lea and I, both using our Boy Scout packs, said we were on our way to a Boy Scout Camp, and we were allowed to go on. We got a room at the Y opposite the Brown Hotel that night, and went to 15th & Walnut, early next morning with our Boy Scout packs. We were hired as fire-builders.

Id spent some time at Rowland WILLIAMS fathers farm in Cordova [Illinois], where he made a living repairing Stanley Steamers, and I had a fair idea of steam engines, their care and feeding, after a few summers of doing the grunt work. Lea had absolutely not the foggiest of what it was about but he was quick to take at anything. Lea elected to work the night trick, and I the day shift, as night wasnt very busy, and he could pick up what the job was easiest that way.

Please understand a steam locomotive is the contrariest, hardest to lubricate, expensive to maintain AND inefficient invention of modern man. Thats why they only last a hundred years - 1840 to 1940, when the railroads discovered the Diesel. The locos Des Moines Union owned never got on the main line, but were Yard Goats, so their fires had to be pulled at the end of each shift, the grates turned over, and new fires started. That was our job; hitching up a blower to the smoke box, throwing kindling (old ties) up on the deck to see if there was water in the boiler, set the brakes, toss in oily rags, and when there was a good fire, load her up with coal.

It took about 3 hours to get one ready for the job with enough steam to get out of the yard, So we had several tallow pots at once under our car. We worked different shifts for another purpose; to guard the other guys belongings. There were about 45 stiffs like us doing the work of 175 union men; we didnt do it well, but there were no breakdowns in service. Maybe some engines didnt steam as well as they might. Unions truly do great jobs!

The food started out good, but as the strike degenerated, so did the food. About the middle of August, we got stewed raisins that were half flies, so we quit, wired our money home, and started walking; we couldnt figure why there was no eastbound traffic. It was opening day of the State Fair! We walked as far as Altoona (about 25 miles) with no water, no food, so we slept in a school house, and each ate an apple from the teachers desk that night. Both Lea and I never forgave ourselves for that, but it was a life-saver. Next morning, we caught a ride clear to Davenport. Two weeks later, Lea went to Wisconsin, I went to Iowa (University of), but we were the best of friends. Last time I saw him was summer of 1926 (wed graduated); he was sitting in a car, smoking a cigarette, a bit drunk, and explained the Fourth Dimension!

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ELY: Stephen Lee/Lea, son of Solomon Leander and Mary Elizabeth "Lizzie" BAWDEN, savant, Ph.D in philosophy, m. Bertha/Berta MONTEMAYOR in Chicago, dies of cancer in Madison

Stephen Lee/Lea was born 2 Jan 1905 in Davenport, Scott, Iowa, seven mos after the death of his father. He was brought up by his mother and grandmother in the Stephen Douglas BAWDEN home on 1315 E. 11th St. in Davenport.

"Lee" is remembered by some of his Davenport school friends (no cites) as being very popular, a near genius in his studies, and able to play any tune he ever heard on the piano. He and Bix Beiderbecke attended Davenport High School at the same time, and although they were in different classes, they shared many friends. One summer during high school, Lee and Richard BALLARD worked as strike breakers in the Des Moines Union Round House doing maintenance work on the locomotives. It was a dangerous job which paid well because feelings over the strike ran high and many strike breakers, if caught coming or going from the round house were beaten and even murdered (see seperate blog story).

Lee graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Madison where he was a member of Kappa Sigma social fraternity and elected to Phi Beta Kappa national honor society. He received his Bachelors, Masters and Ph.D from Madison in philosophy where he became an associate professor. He taught at the university for 15 years, during which he wrote the controversial book "Religious Availability of Whitehead's God" and reviews and articles in that field.

In March 1945 (no date) Lee married Bertha MONTEMAYOR, (middle of 6 children: Estella, Gustavo, Berta, Roman "Rum", George, Charlie) in Chicago, Illinois (? not substantiated but listed in references). She was the dtr of Gustav Octavius and Elvira VILLAREAL MONTEMAYOR, born 15 Jun 1921 in San Antonio, Bexar, Texas. About 1926, the MONTEMAYOR family moved to Janesvillle, Rock, Wisconsin, where Gustav worked for the Parker Pen Company. Bertha attended Janesville schools and the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where she met Stephen.

Stephen Lee ELY died 7 May 1947 at Madison of cancer. He was cremated and his ashes were inurned in Madison suburb Monona's Rose Lawn Memorial Park, in a lot owned by Bertha. For 2 weeks after his death, the flag over the University was flown at half-mast in mourning for this talented and beloved teacher.

Bertha ELY married 29 Sept 1949 in Madison, Robert CRAFTON GILPIN who was studying at the university.

They moved to Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana where Bertha attended Butler University, earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in languages...teaching secondary Spanish. She taught Spanish at the private Park-Tudor School in Indianapolis. After Robert died she took up residence in Fairhope, Alabama where she married pediatricin Rollie ???.

Stephen and Bertha had only a daughter, which Robert adopted: Elizabeth MONTEMAYOR ELY, born 30 July 1945 in Madison, Dane, Wisconsin. (seperate blog).

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BAWDEN: Harry ELDRIDGE, youngest of George Ray "Ray" and Jennie ELDRIDGE, Army Sgt., marries funeral home dtr, board chmn of BAWDEN Bros. Inc, lives active senior life to make others happy.

Harry was born 8 Sept 1894 in Muscatine, Muscatine, Iowa, youngest of 3 sons born to George Washington and Jennie ELDRIDGE BAWDEN. George was an attorney and was vice president of Iowa Mortgage Co. in Muscatine with Allen BROOMHALL. J.B. (John Baker) PHELPS, George's brother-in-law, was president,

The family moved back to Davenport, Scott, Iowa (parents natives) in 1895 so George could form a partnership with Julius LISCHER. Jennie's father, Jacob MULLEN ELDRIDGE, gave the couple 80 feet of land on Kirkwood Boulevard [511 Kirkwood], near her family to build a house.

Harry attended Davenport schools and the University of Iowa (Iowa City, Johnson Cnty) where he was a member of Signa Chi social fraternity. After one year in Iowa City, Harry returned to Davenport to join brothers Albert (AR) and George Ray "Ray" in the newsstand and picture postcard business in the I&I Interurban railway ticket office on Brady St.

Harry enlisted in the Army on 22 Nov 1917 at the Rock Island Arsenal. He served as Sergeant in the Special Training Ordnance Co., 2nd Regiment Training Camp, Hancock, Hancock, Georgia. Upon his return, he managed the commercial photography department of BAWDEN Bros. Inc, now at 121 E. 3rd St. (no longer exists - Kaiserslautern Square "K Square" city park named after Davenport's sister city in Germany, and restaurant Duck City replaced)

On 12 June 1926, Harry married Blanche KNOX at Short Hills Country Club in East Moline, Rock Island, Illinois. Blanche was born 18 May 1898 in Moline. Her adopted father was Luther Calvin KNOX and mother was Sarah Jane Reily (sp?) KNOX. Calvin's grandfather, Charles founded the KNOX Funeral Homes in Rock Island.

Blanche graduated from Moline High School and the National Kindergarten and Elementary College in Chicago, Cook, Illinois. She was a kindergarten teacher in the Moline schools.

The BAWDEN home at 105 Greenwood Avenue, Bettendorf, Scott, Iowa, was where Blanche was living when she died on 30 Aug 1972. Harry and Blanche had 1 child, Nancy Glee born 18 July 1927 in Davenport. "Nan" legally changed her name in high school to Nan - no Glee. (seperate blog) She died 13 Jan 1999 in Coral Breeze, Florida.

At his death, 25 Jul 1976 in Davenport, Harry was Chairman of the Board of BAWDEN Bros. Inc. He was the last of the founding brothers to die. Harry was a member of Davenport's First Presbyterian Church, The American Legion Post 26, and Rotary Club. He and Blanche are buried in the public mausoleum in Oakdale Cemetery.

He spent his last years at Ridgecrest Village in Davenport, where he brought happiness to others with his daily visit to those who were bedridden and by originating and organizing trips to local restaurants for those able to travel. He was a beloved man, always enthusiastic and cheerful, with a keen interest in the role his family played in the development of Scott County and the City of Davenport. Many references in this 1896 family gene study are attributed to his undated family history.

Family stories from Ridgecrest say Harry put Playboy magazines in the sunrooms.

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BAWDEN: George Ray "Ray" gets some university education, Army Sgt, marries Viola Katherine DUVALL, has 2 sons, dies suddenly

George Ray "Ray" was born 27 November 1890 in Muscatine, Muscatine, Iowa, the middle son of 3 born to George Washington and Jennie ELDRIDGE BAWDEN of Davenport, Scott, Iowa. He attended Davenport schools and the University of Wisconsin in Madison, where he was a member of Delta Tau Delta social fraternity.

In 1912, after 2 years in Madison, Ray returned to Davenport to work with his brother Albert "AR" in the rapidly growing Davenport Postcard and Novelty Company.

On 18 June 1918, Ray enlisted in the Army, serving as a Sgt in the Quartermaster Corps; first, with Company 7 at Camp Meigs, Washington, D.C.; later with Company 11, 163 Depot Brigade at Camp Dodge, Des Moines, Iowa. AFter WWI, the three brothers - AR, Ray and Harry decided to form BAWDEN Bros, Inc. Ray was the first office mgr and bookkeeper.

Ray married Viola Katherine "Vi" DUVALL on 16 Feb 1921 in her parents' Bennett, Cedar, Iowa home. She was born 7 Apr 1895 in Beardstown, Cass, Illinois, oldest of 3 dtrs of John Frederick "Tom" and Katherine HANSMEYER/MEIER DUVALL.

After attending high school in Taylorville, Cass, Illinois, Vi came to Davenport where she lived with family friends and was employed by ABRAHAM's Ladies ready-to-wear store until her marriage.

Vi was president of Visiting Nurse Association and active in Republican Women's activities. At 90 she still able to live on her own in the home Ray built for her at the time in the Davenport boonies at 161 Forest Road.

Ray died suddenly of a heart attack 13 Apr 1954 in his home. He was president of BAWDEN Bros. Inc at his death. The family were members of the First Presbyterian Church. Ray and Vi are buried in Davenport's Oakdale Cemetery. Vi died 12 May 1987 in Davenport.

They had 2 children:
1. George Ray "Binc" BAWDEN, Jr. born 7 Mar 1924 in Davenport, this writer's father.
2. John Duvall "Tim" BAWDEN born 23 Sept 1929 in Davenport
Seperate blogs for each.

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