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BAWDEN: Dr. Henry Lightbourne, native of Cuba, is recorded in the History of Scott County, Iowa 1882
Henry L. Bawden, M.D. is a native of Cuba Island, born December 28, 1845. His parents were from London, England [sic Redruth, Cornwall, England]; his father, Stephen BAWDEN was in Cuba in the interests of the Sawanee Mining Company of which Stephen was president at the time of the Doctor's birth. He came to America, accompanied by his parents, when four years of age. They lived in Pennsylvania some years and then came to Scott County, and located near Davenport [Rockingham Twp] where his father engaged in agricultural pursuits until his death, which occured October 27, 1881.
Dr. Bawden was educated at Griswold College [Davenport, now part of Central High School campus]. He read medicine with Dr. A. S. MAXWELL in Davenport then attended lectures in Iowa State University, which he graduated March 6, 1873, and at once began practice in Davenport. He practices according to the principles of the "Rational School", he is the recipient of a large and lucrative practice. He has filled the office of coroner of this county since 1876. He was married in Davenport June 28, 1877 to Bella ANGEL, a native of Peoria, Illinois. Her father was killed at the battle of Shiloh, in the Union Army. Dr. BAWDEN spent the years of 1866 and '67 on the plains as a member of the Seventh Iowa Cavalry. He is a member of the Scott County Medical Society, also the Iowa Medical Society; has been an active member of the local medical society, and as such has prepared numerous papers pertaining to subjects relative to diesease and practice, some of which have found their way into medical journals of the country.
Harry BAWDEN in his Family Histories, says of Henry: "Uncle Henry gave me a fox terrier pup when I was about 4 years old. We named it Kirk, a pal for about 12 years".
BAWDEN: Stephen from Redruth leads a very successful life (census info) as president of a mining machinery manufacturer and farmer in Rockingham Twp, Scott, Iowa
1841 Redruth, Cornwall, England Census #241,265 (Mormon Lib Film) 143/16 p. 68
Bawden Stephen 50 Blacksmith
Elizabeth 45 [wife - nee GILBERT...Jelbert was common transcriber error]
Elizabeth 15 [dtr b/ch 15 Mar 1823 in Redruth]
Caroline 15 [dtr b/ch 5 Oct 1825 in Redruth]
Matilda 11 [dtr b/ch 19 Jul 1830 in Redruth]
Dennis, Samuel 20 Live-in laborer
1850 Pennsylvania Federal Census, Montgomery Cty, Norristown Borough (mining country), pp 225-26, 15 Aug 1850
77 - 77
Bawden, Stephen 38 Agent [for his mining mfg co]
Mary 33 None
Matilda 19 [sister above]
Stephan 7 [Stephen Douglas - b. West Indies - Cuba]
Henry 4 [son Henry LIGHTBOURNE - b. West Indies - Cuba]
William 1 [son born/christened 2 Feb 1849 in England, d. 10 Apr 1851 in Norristown]
CLINSON Elizabeth 25 [Mary's sister surname s/b CLEMO - divorced or widowed??]
CLINSON Elizabeth R. 3 [Elizabeth's dtr surname s/b CLEMO]
1860 Pennsylbania Federal Census, Montgomery Cty, Norristown Borough, p. 713, 3 Aug 1860
Bawden Stephen 40M Gentleman England
(note: value of real estate listed as $20,000 and value of personal property $50,000)
Mary 36F England
Stephen 16M Pennsylvania
Henry 14M Pennsylvania
Mary 10F Pennsylvania
Thomas 5M Pennsylvania
George W. 1M Pennsylvania [this writer's lineage - middle nm Washington]
CLEMO Elizabeth 30F Lady England
CLEMO Elizabeth 11F England
DOUGLAS Mary 18F Servant England
WHITE Eliza 14F Servant England
1870 Iowa State Agricultural census, Rockingham Twp, Scott County p. 1
#10 Stephen Bawden
100 A improved land, 55 A woodland
Cash Value of farm $15,000
Value of Farming Implements and machinery $600
Wages paid during year $250
Livestock on hand 1 Jun 1870: 2 horses, 2 milk cows, value of stock $300
400 bu of indian corn raised
$100 of orchard products [fruit was a highly prized commodity]
200 lbs butter, 35T hay, $500 worth of animals sold or slaughtered.
TOTAL Value of all farm products, $1000
1880 Iowa State Agricultural Census, Rockingham Twp, Scott County, p.1 [SD, 1; ED 270]
#6 Stephen Bawden, Owner
142 A permanent meadow land
18 A filled land, including pasture or orchards
Value of the farm, $9,600
Value of implements $75
Cost of building and repairing $200
Value of all production,sold, consumed or on hand 1879 $900
Grass land 8 A mown, and 10 acres hay
Three horses, 3 cows, 6 others, 1 calf dropped, 1 purebred, 9 swine, barnyard fowl which laid 75 eggs in 1879
18 A corn - 800 bu
10 A oats - 300 bu
1/2 A potatoes - 20 bu
1 A apple trees, with 30 trees - $50 of fruit
ELDRIDGE - BAWDEN: Jennie, dtr of Jacob M. and Mary HIGH WILLIAMS, writes about father; Harry BAWDEN writes about Agnes SMITH - Jacob's 3rd wife
Jacob ELDRIDGE married a third time after the children were all married and in homes of their own. Agnes SMITH, an elderly matron and delightful companion for his old age - she remained in the old home until father's death seventeen years after marriage. Very Happy - then Agnes (Grandma E) lived a number of years next to the BAWDEN home on Kirkwood [16th St.] having built a small home for herself. A delightful woman, loved by all who knew her especially her family.
Harry BAWDEN Family History - youngest son of Jennie and George BAWDEN
Jacob Eldridge's third wife Agnes Smith. Known as "Kitty Oma' one of the sweetest women we ever knew. They had no children. Once in a while he and Agnes would have the SCHLEGEL and BAWDEN family ofer to dinner and there would be so many of us they would have a second table. The younger children would have to sit on the family bibles [sic] - Paula and Harry.
Agnes -when quite old- gave a dinner party for the SCHLEGELS and BAWDENS and presented each of us grandchildren - Claire, Lura, Paula, Albert, Ray and Harry with a $100. That was something in our lives.
When Jacob died, Agnes had a beautiful painting made of Jacob. When Agnes died, she left the picture to Minnie ELDRIDGE SCHLEGEL (Jacob's dtr) who gave it to the Bawden boys [Albert Ralph, George Ray and Harry ELDRIDGE]. They hung it in their office until March 1963 when it was given to the city of Eldridge, Scott, Iowa to hang in their new Scott County Library. Granddaughter Claire SCHLEGEL ROSS. Harry E. BAWDEN and Nan BAWDEN HARTVIGSEN presented it to the city. This pastel on canvas by F. J. MORRIS for many years was owned by Agnes who upon her death, bequeathed it to Carl E. SCHLEGEL. In 1946, Mrs. Carl E. SCHLEGEL died and bequeathed it to BAWDEN Bros. Inc. and it hung in the office of the president, much to the admiration of the doting grandchildren - Albert, Ray and Harry.
ELDRIDGE: Mary HIGH WILLIAMS, 2nd wife of Jacob Mullen, she bore 9 children, author posts 10 June 1885 obituary
Davenport Democrat newspaper Wednesday, 10 June 1885
Death of Mrs. J. M. ELDRIDGE
Mrs. Mary H wife of Jacob M. ELDRIDGE was called home this morning at eleven o'clock. This most excellent wife and mother was born in Newark, New Jersey on the 27th day of September 1828, and came to Davenport with her father in 1843, and was married to her now bereaved husband July 25, 1851. Her father [Charles CLARK WILLIAMS] died of cholera in this town in 1851, her mother died in Nebraska in 1876.
Mrs. ELDRIDGE had been in poor health for about five years - suffering from nervous prostration, and much confined to her room, though riding out now and then, and even as recently as on Monday of this week. Her husband took her to their daughter in Dakota a few years since, hoping for a change for the better in that climate, but to no purpose. The immediate cause of her death was paralysis, which came upon her a few days since.
She leaves a family of six children - Miss Dr. R. T. ELDRIDGE (divorced then) of Boone, Iowa; Mrs. S. L. GLASPELL, Jamestown, Dakota [North Dakota was still a territory], Mrs. George BAWDEN, Muscatine, Frank and Minnie and George who live here. Of her near relatives thee are several living - Mr. A. F. WILLIAMS, and Mrs. N. W. McCANDISH of this city, Mrs. Ezra MILLARD of Omaha, and Mrs. Gen. Wm. E. VANDEVEER [sic?] of California.
This devoted wife and mother was a member of the Presbyterian church - was known for her many charities, her long and patient suffering, and was beloved by all who knew her and were about her. Though for some days deprived of the power of speech, her going to the better land was in perfect peace, surrounded by husband and four of her younger children. It was the first breaking of a large and happy family circle.
The funeral takes place on Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the family residence, 16th and Farnam - interment at Oakdale.
TERRILL: Samuel marries Mary TREMAIN and they have 5 children (2 listed in my reference) - dtr Mary marries Stephen BAWDEN in Redruth, Cornwall
Samuel and Mary TREMAIN TERRILL of Redruth, Cornwall, England married 4 Aug 1805 in Redruth, Cornwall, England, had 5 children. No research has been done on this family other than a TERRILL source for 3 more children.
1. Samuel b/ch Jan 1807 (no date)
2. William b/ch July 1809 (no date)
3. George TREMAIN b/ch Nov 1811 (no date) m. 18 Sept 1838, Elizabeth LUKE, (father Thos LUKE) in St. Mary's, Truro, Cornwall. (Cornwall Online Parish records as George Trewin Ferrill), d 1885 St. Thomas, Devonshire. Had at least 7 children.
4. Mary born/christened 8 Apr 1817, m. 4 Sept 1837 in Redruth Church of England (St. Euny's) Stephen BAWDEN b.6 Apr 1812 in Redruth. They had 8 children and came to the US in 1840. (This writer's heritage)
5. Elizabeth born/christened 13 Apr 1820 in Redruth, married Wm. CLEMO Sept 1846, Redruth, (divorced), Arrived in US with Mary and Stephen and dtr Elizabeth Clemo, born Sept 1847 in Redruth.
Elizabeth and her dtr, only child Elizabeth, were living in the household of Stephen and sister Mary TERRILL BAWDEN (above) in Norristown, Montgomery, Pennsylvania, a mining area, without Mr. CLEMO. Family tradition says "Grandma CLEMO" was divorced and lived with Stephen and Mary in their Rockingham Twp, Scott County, Iowa home until after 1880 when she was a resident of St. Paul, Minnesota with her dtr Elizabeth and grocery wholesaler husband James A. RYAN. After James died 9 Feb 1885 in St. Paul, both Elizabeths returned to Davenport.
Mother Elizabeth returned to Davenport and lived with dtr Elizabeth CLEMO RYAN on 6 Walling Court (now 1700)
Mother Elizabeth died of nervous prostration on 19 Dec 1910, just one week after the death of dtr Elizabeth CLEMO RYAN on 12 Dec 1910. They were members of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral.
Elizabeth and James A. RYAN had one child. They married in Davenport 28 Jun 1866. They lived in St. Paul, Minnesota. Son Harry CLEMO RYAN was born 18 Jan 1868 in Davenport. He married in Davenport, Edna BURDICK, dtr of Anthony and Elvira / Maria BURDICK. Edna was born 1 Nov 1872 and died 15 Aug 1969 in Pasadena, LA, California and is buried with her family in Davenport's Oakdale Cemetery. (See Find-a-Grave). Edna and Harry divorced 13 Jan 1910. They had no children. Harry worked for Smith Bros and Burdick, wholesale grocers of Davenport. He died of diabetes in Chicago, Cook, Illinois 6 Jun 1915. Edna married Mr. XXX PROST.
Passenger List for Stephen BAWDEN and Eliza CLEMO from passenger ships and images database.
Arr 10 Aug 1849
Port of Departure: Liverpool, England
Port of Arrival: New York, New York
Ship Name: Queen of the West
HANSMEYER: Henry marries Catharina SCHMIDT, both born in Prussia, and they have 4 children in Beardstown, Cass, Illinois (Viola, Pauline and Henrietta DUVALL's mother)
Henry was born 2 Nov 1833 in Lippe-Detmold, Prussia, Germany, son of Fred and Wilhelmina HUE (pron Hoy) HANSMEYER. This bio appears in Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler, and Brown Counties, Illinois, pub 1892.
Henry was born in Lippe-Detmold, Prussia, Germany in 1833. He came of pur German ancestry and of hardy stock. His father, Fred HANSMEYER married Wilhelmina HOY of the same province. In 1839 they took passage for America and landed in New Orleans after a seven-weeks voyage. Thence the family came up the Mississippi to St. Louis where the mother and one child died of the cholera after being there one week. The father and four children came to Chicago, where Henry was attacked by cholera and confined to the house for two weeks, later he joined his father and the other children in Watertown (Chicago?), and it was near there that the father died about one year later, being then in middle life.
Henry HANSMEYER is the second of four sons yet living. He came to this country in 1849 and lived on a farm in Jefferson County, Wisconsin, until 1851 working for $10 a month. He came to Beardstown in 1851 and still worked by the month for a time for $10; he saved his money, became a stock dealer and trader and did various things until he accumulated enough to purchase land. In 1865 he found himself on safe ground for business, which he carried on successfully and extensively. He was an active farmer and stock-raiser until 1880 when he retired from business and moved to Beardstown. He owns a fine farm of 306 acres, 250 of which is under the plow and the rest in pasture, good land and all supplied with first-class farm buildings. He purchased this farm in 1865 and also owns some good residence property in Beardstown, the opera house building in Mt. Olive, Illinois, and other residence property there.
He was married in Beardstown in 1857 to Miss Catharina SCHMIDT. She was born in Hesse-Darmstadt. She was the dtr of the Rev. George and Kate SCHMIDT who came to the United States in 1856 settling in Beardstown where they died. Mr. Schmidt was for many years pastor of the Lutheran Church. He was a fine minister and an anti-slavery advocate, a Republican in politics and a leader in his community. Mrs. HANSMEYER is a great worker in the Lutheran Church and a very fine woman. They have 4 children: Augusta, wife of Henry OETGEN, a farmer in Schuyler County; Minna [Wilhelmina Paulina], wife of Henry STOCK; Katie, wife of John DUVALL, First State Bank of Beardstown; William, a miller by trade. Mr. HANSMEYER is a public-spirited citizen, a Republican in politics and a member o fthe Fourth Street Lutheran Church of which he has been a Trustee for sixteen years.
Henry married Catharine(a) E. SCHMIDT on 20 Nov 1857 in Beardstown, Illinois. She was born 13 Jul 1836 in Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany, dtr of Pastor George and Kate SCHMIDT, and came to Beardstown with her parents in 1856. The HANSMEYERs were farmers near Beardstown where Catherine died on 28 Oct 1899.
Henry was a successful man and owned farm land near Beardstown, town lots in Beardstown and Mt. Olive, Illinois, as well as land in Oklahoma. At his second marriage to Mrs. Margaret KUHL MANKEN on 3 Jul 1901 in Beardstown, they signed an anti-numpial contract which his recorded in Cass County, Illinois.
"During the married life of the said parties the said Henry HANSMEYER shall provide for teh said Margaret MANKEN according to his condition in life and as a husband should provide, and the said Margaret MANKEN shall properly and fully perform her duties as wife."
Henry died 21 May 1911 in Beardstown and is buried there with Catherine(a) in Oak Grove Cemetery.
1. Augusta C (Catherine(a)?) born 1859 (no date) in Beardstown, Illinois. She married Henry W. OETGEN [mother Helen L. VESLAGE] on 13 Mar 1879 in Beardstown. They lived in Beardstown where they died. He in 1919 (no date) and Augusta in 1941.
They are buried in Oak Grove Cemetery. They had 3 children: Arthur, Homer and Inez OETGEN CALLINGS.
2. Wilhelmina Paulina "Minnie" born 1861 in Beardstown. She married Henry Thomas STOCK on 12 Mar 1885 in BEardstown, where they lived.
3. Katherine Elizabeth born 4 Nov 1866 in Beardstown. She married John Frederick / Frederick John DUVALL. [this writer's heritage]
4. William H. born 5 Apr 1868 in Beardstown. He married Hallie SMITH who was born 18 Apr 1872 (no location). Wm died 14 Jan 1907: Hallie died 13 Jul 1938; both are buried in Oak Grove Cemetery in Beardstown. They had: Erma, Harold, Clifford, Roy, Mabel and Frances.
This surname is somewhat removed from my tree. I'm posting it to help anyone.
DUVALL: John Frederick "Tom" married Katherine Elizabeth "Katy" HANSMEYER and they have 3 dtrs in Beardstown, Cass, Illinois
John was born 3 Dec 1866, son of William and Mary MEYER / MEIER DUVAL (YES 1 L) on the family farm near Arenzville, Cass, Illinois. After graduation from Carthage College, John taught school for four years. He changed the spelling of his last name to DUVALL before he married.
On 28 Apr 1892 John and Katherine "Katy" were married in Beardstown, Illinois. She was the dtr of Henry and Catharina SCHMIDT HANSMEYER, born 4 Nov 1866 in Beardstown.
John worked at the First State Bank of Beardstown, moving in 1913 to Bennett, Cedar, Iowa where he was secretary-treasurer of the Farmers Elevator Co. Around WWI, John purchased the elevator company and renamed it the DUVALL Grain Company, building at the same time, a large stucco house on the corner of 5th and Willow in Bennett. In 1928 he sold his grain company and home to Mr. BUTTOLPH and took a 240-acre farm in Mitchell(ville?), Iowa as part of the transaction. They lived for a short time in Mitchell(ville) but returned to Bennett to operate a feed mill 6 weeks before his death.
John died 18 Jun 1936 at the farm of Julius BRUH near Bennett. He and Katherine are buried in Inland Cemetery near Bennett. Katherine died 16 Sept 1945 in her daughter Viola Katherine DUVALL BAWDEN's home at 161 Forest Road.
1. Viola "Vi" Katherine 7 Apr 1895. She married George Ray BAWDEN (this writer's paternal g-parents).
2. Pauline Marie "Bill" born 6 Jun 1899; married Wm Floyd BLAIR 2 Jun 1926 in Bennett, Iowa. William was the son of William Preston and Lena GRAFING / GRAFINE BLAIR born 1893 in Bennett, Iowa. They lived in Bennett whee they owned a hardware store and Wiliam was Mayor of Bennett for 18 years, served on City Council, and at the same time president of the school board for nine years. They moved to Colorado Springs, El Paso, Colorado in 1948 and purchased the Cadillac Motel. "Aunty Bill" also worked at and owned the gift shop at 7 Falls - a man-made tourist stop in Colorado Springs. William died 6 Sept 1954 and Pauline in 10 Dec 1968 in Colorado Springs. They are buried in Inland Cemetery in Bennett, Iowa. They had 3 children: Joan Duvall, William James, and Thomas Duvall.
3. Henrietta "Hank" born 16 Jan 1897 attended school in Bennett and the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa (formerly Iowa State Teacher's College). She moved to Davenport where she worked as a sales person in the ladies ready-to-wear department of Abraham's Clothing Store. She did not marry. She died 6 Jul 1951 in Davenport and is buried with her parents in Inland Cemetery in Bennett, Iowa.
DUVAL: William H. marries Elizabeth DUVANDACH, both of Hanover, Germany, and they settle in Cass County, Illinois (Viola Katherine DUVALL's paternal g-grandfather)
William was born in 1806 (no date, no parentage).
It is probable that he came with his parents, settling first in Morgan County, Illinois and moving to Cass County, Illinois prior to 1836.
His first land purchase in Cass County was on 23 Feb 1844 when he acquired a lot in Beardstown, Illinois from Mr. XXX Beard for whom the town was named. The family was living in Arenzville, Illinois in 1860.
There are 4 children:
1. William born 25 Jan 1837 in Beardstown, Cass, Illinois
2. Charles born 1838 (no date, no place)
3. Henry born 1840 in Illinois (no date, no place)
4. Mary born 1844 in Illinois (no date, no place)
No other information
This surname is somewhat removed from my tree. I'm posting to help anyone.
The surname enters my tree through Jonathan > Thomas > William > Josiah > Duncan > Jacob Mullen ELDRIDGE.
Jacob's 2nd wife, Mary HIGH WILLIAMS, bore 9 children in the outskirts of Davenport, Scott, Iowa on Jersey Ridge Road, so named by him because it reminded him of his home in Haddonfield, Camden, New Jersey where he was born to Duncan CAMPBELL and Rachel BROWN ELDRIDGE, their only surviving child.
This Jersey Ridge fruit farm home was given up in bankruptcy and the family moved to the southwest corner of 16th St.(now Kirkwood Blvd) and Farnam St. It was convenient for the children to get to school and for Jacob to maintain a real estate, loan agency office 'downtown', and his committees that helped build Davenport.
The 9 children:
1. Elizabeth born 3 Apr 1852 became a medical doctor and married Wm. I. JOY; 2 children, divorced as of 1880 census; married Dr. Reuben ELDRIDGE - not related - became divorced, moved to Ames, Story, Iowa where she died of diabetes and is buried in Ames Municipal Cemetery with her son and granddaughter.
2. Charles born 1854 (no date), died 26 Apr 1854 buried in Oakdale
3. Katherine/Kate/Katty born 9 Mar 1855, married Samuel LYTER GLASPELL, in the ELDRIDGE family home, moved to Dakota Territory with Samuel who was a circuit judge, had 3 children, both died in North Dakota and are buried in Davenport's Oakdale Memorial Gardens. Both buried in Oakdale
4. Frank Wallace born 29 July 1858, married Luella ALLEN, moved to Stutsman County, North Dakota near Kate and Samuel, moved back to Davenport, worked at the Rock Island Arsenal as a carpenter, and was a mail carrier for the USPS in Davenport. Both buried in Oakdale.
5. William V. "Willie" born 14 Feb 1860, died of typhoid 19 Mar 1866, buried in Oakdale
6. Minnie born 20 July 1862, married Carl Edward SCHLEGEL in the ELDRIDGE family home, had 4 children, died in Davenport - both are buried in Oakdale
7. Jennie - this writer's lineage. She married George Washington BAWDEN, a lawyer. They built a home on Kirkwood Blvd. Both are buried in Oakdale on the Jacob Eldridge lot.
8. George Wallace born 16 Jan 1868, married Sue KELLY, and helped develop the town of Wynne, Cross, Arkansas. He died 4 Feb 1943 in Wynne and they are buried in Wynne's Cogbill (hill?) cemetery.
9. Emily M. born 23 Jan 1870, died 23 Oct 1876 of diptheria and is buried in Oakdale Cemetery.
George Ray BAWDEN, Jr was born in Davenport, Scott, Iowa to George Ray and Viola DUVALL BAWDEN on 7 Mar 1924 at 161 Forest Road. Ray had the house built before his marriage to Vi and it was out in the boonies then.
He loved to be a showman...Christmas was his best!
One year, he borrowed the neighbor's Radio Flyer and, while we were in bed, dumped 400 silver dollars in the wagon. Not very quietly...these heavy coins hitting the metal wagon!
When he got them from the bank, he also got 4 bank bags, the cloth kind. On Christmas day, the 4 of us children had to count out 100 silver dollars each and put them in the bag. I still have my bank bag.
Binc was the president of a full-service advertising company, BAWDEN Brothers, Inc. He took 400 1-dollar bills and had them made into $100 tablets complete with the cardboard back. We had to run to the convenience store for batteries for toys and we started tearing off $1 bills and the clerk wouldn't sell the batteries because he was sure the money was counterfit.
One Christmas, he gave mom a Honda scooter so she could ride down the hill to the convenience store or grocery store, or to friends for early-morning coffee or 5:00 cocktails. Dad and the 2 boys had the scooter delivered Christmas eve day and put in the garage. They diverted Mom and brought the scooter in the house and put it in the living room by the tree. You can imagine Mom's surprise Christmas morning.
One Christmas, he bought tickets and made reservations for Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, a spot they'd been going to for several years. He had Mom go on a scavenger hunt in the house with very creative clues. He held the plane tickets in his hand when she was directed back to the living room.
The last memory was interesting...must have been the early 60s. He bought Mom a gorgeous watch with a diamond bezell, found a big red glass round ornament, stuffed it with cotton and put the watch in the ornament and hung it on the tree. When we were done opening presents, Dad asked the boys to get a spoon and bring it to Mom. He told her there was one more present hanging on the tree. There was no way she could tell where. He brought her the ornament and told her to break it. Of course Mom didn't want to break this pretty ornament but we got her a towel and put it on her lap. She hit the ornament several times and it wouldn't break. Then we told her to hit it hard. It broke in several pieces and there was the watch.
Christmas day held the "what will Dad do this year" kind of excitement.
Dad's been gone since 1 Mar 1986