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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
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.

ELDRIDGE: Katherine, Kate, Katty or Kat, 3rd child of Jacob MULLEN and Mary HIGH WILLIAMS, a noted journalist

The following stories/notes are from the appendix of:
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, pps 260-263, 290 pps, no copyright, no ISBN, in the personal library of this writer.

Kate ELDRIDGE GLASPELL was a member of the Daughters of American Revolution through her mother, Mary HIGH WILLIAMS ELDRIDGE's maternal ancestor Ensign Charles CLARK, who was in Captain CRAIG's Company of New Jersey Troops during the Revolution.

From Harry BAWDEN's family history:
Kate ELDRIDGE. - ...All 3 children of Kate's [Eula, Donald and Bernard] visited in Davenport [from North Dakota]. Ulie showed us, in our parlor, a new dance, 'the Cake Walk'. Don wrote a letter to Sears and Roebuck for me and they sent me 24 big catalogs to give away which I did and they sent me a check for $2.50 for my work. Brother that was big money for an 8-year-old kid.

Bernard on his visit showed us BAWDEN Boys how to climb all over the roof of our two-story house at 511 Kirkwood Blvd.

Aunt Kate was a real gal. She traveled all over Europe and Egypt - visited the Pope and wrote a book about her trips. Also a book about early life in North Dakota.

Kate, for many years would travel into St. Paul to do her Christmas shopping. She would buy presents for the SCHLEGEL girls and the BAWDEN Boys;. Each present would be wrapped with a name on each. Then she would order it to be home where our families were celebrating. That was a thrill when the horse-drawn express wagon stopped with the big box at noon.

Ed. note - family history said the ELDRIDGES were related to POCAHONTAS. Thomas ELDRIDGE of Sussex County, Virginia, did marry ca 1740, Martha Bolling, a 2g-granddaughter of POCAHONTAS. This Thos ELDRIDGE is NOT in our family line.

ELDRIDGE: Charles "Charlie", William V, and Emily M. - Jacob and Mary HIGH WILLIAMS 3 children who died very small

I'm posting this as a record for ELDRIDGE genealogists:

Second child of Jacob and Mary ELDRIDGE:
Charles born 1854 (no date) in Davenport, Scott, Iowa, died 26 Apr 1854 and is buried with his parents, no body location but "Charlie" is on ELDRIDGE family marker

Fifth child of Jacob and Mary ELDRIDGE:
William V. "Willie" born 14 Feb 1860 in Davenport of typhoid, died 19 Mar 1866 and is buried with parents, no body location in cemetery records but "Willie" is on ELDRIDGE family marker.

Ninth child of Jacob and Mary Eldridge:
Emily M. born 23 Jan 1870 in Davenport, died 23 Oct 1876 of diptheria and is buried in Davenport, Scott, Iowa's Oakdale Memorial Gardens with her young siblings.

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ELDRIDGE: Dr. Elizabeth, 1st child of Jacob MULLEN and Mary HIGH WILLIAMS, dies of diabetes in Ames, Iowa

Elizabeth ELDRIDGE was born 3 Apr 1852 in Davenport, Scott, Iowa, called "Lizzie" by family.

She graduated from Davenport High School (7th & Iowa - not current campus at 10th and Main)and attended 4 years of college (no name), after which she was known as Dr. ELDRIDGE, a medical doctor. She worked for her father, Jacob, in his real estate office for 2 years. On 4 December 1871, Lizzie married William I. JOY (no BMD) in her family home on Farnam. The 1880 Iowa Federal Census shows Elizabeth JOY as divorced living with her parents.

About 1882 (no date), she married Dr. Reuben F. relation. He was born March 1858 (no date) in Pennsylvania (no city), son of Joseph G. and Lucinda ARNOLD ELDRIDGE. Reuben graduated from (my source says) State University Medical College in 1881. (prevaling location University of Iowa, Iowa City).

The family moved to Dawson, Dallas, Iowa, a small railroad town west of Des Moines. Reuben practiced medicine, successfully operated a brick manufacturing company and was the leader of the Dawson Cornet Band. He would not allow his wife to practice as a doctor because, according to family tradition, her training did not agree with his medical philosophy.She was a "pill doctor".

Reuben and Elizabeth ELDRIDGE were divorced before 1910 (no date). By 1917, Reuben married Sarah Alma CUMMNGS, a registered nurse. Sarah CUMMINGS was born 18 Aug 1877 and died 15 May 1964 at Britt, Iowa. She and Reuben are buried in Perry, Iowa's Violet Hill Cemetery. Reuben died in an automobile accident north of Adel, Iowa on 3 Jan 1926.

Elizabeth moved with their children, Madge, Joseph M., Waldo E. and Minnie to Ames, Iowa where she lived for 20 years before her death from diabetes on 2 Sept 1923. She was a member of the Christian Science Church.

Lizzie and Wm JOY's children:
Roy/Ray JOY born 1873 (no date in Davenport, d 17 Feb 1875 in Valley City, (no Pleasant Valley), Iowa

Maynard JOY b (my source) July 1874, SSDI says 5 Feb 1880 in Davenport. Maynard was living in New York City at his mother's death. He died Mar 1968 (no date, SSDI) in Bedford, Middlesex, Massachusetts. Buried Shawsheen Cemetery, Bedford.

Lizzie and Dr. Reuben ELDRIDGE's children:
Madge (nickname - not found in SSDI) born 2 July 1887 in Iowa (Davenport or Dawson?), married Leroy "Roy"
Wesley BROADIE who was born (my source) 28 Oct 1882 (SSDI says 8 Apr 1891) No BMD. They lived in Mason City, Cerro Gordo, Iowa where he worked as warehouseman for the Northern Sugar Company until 1931.

Joseph M. born 9 Oct 1889 in Iowa (Davenport or Dawson?). He graduated from Ames High School and from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa with a degree in Chemistry. During WWI, he worked in Madison, Dane, Wisconsin for the Department of War in the Chemical Warfare Service. He died of pneumonia on 4 Dec 1918 in Madison several weeks before he was to marry Miss Laura JONES, an instructor at the university. Joseph was a member of the Christian ?Science Church and is buried in the Ames Municipal Cemetery with his mother and niece, 3-year-old Betty Jean Thomas.

Waldo E. born 21 Aug 1891 in Iowa (Davenport or Dawson). He graduated from college and gave his occupation to the census taker in 1915 as an unemployed button maker (sense of humor?? or true?). At his father's death in 1926, he as living in Amarillo, Randall, Texas. He died 18 Mar 1965. (no burial info). He was a cook in the Army during WWI.

Minnie born Oct 1894 (no date) in Iowa (Davenport or Dawson). She and husband Dr. Elbert B. THOMAS, a veterinarian, lived in Ames, Iowa in 1921, and in Marengo, Iowa, Iowa at her father's death. Elbert was possibly born 14 Mar 1886 (no place) and died in Des Moines, Polk, Iowa Nov 1974 (SSDI). (no date). They had only a daughter, Elizabeth "Betty" - marker says - Jean THOMAS, born 1921 (no date), died 18 Dec 1924 and is buried in the Ames Iowa Municipal Cemetery next to her grandmother, Dr. Elizabeth ELDRIDGE.

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ELDRIDGE: Anna H. dtr of John M. and Mary Ann ADAMS ELDRIDGE dies in childbirth

She was born in 1839 (no date) in Gloucester County, New Jersey. She came to Davenport with her parents as an infant.

She married William PARMELE on 26 Dec 1860 in Davenport. He was born on a farm near Davenport, son of Moses William and Laura TREET PARMELE. William served in the Civil War as a musician in the same company, Co. D, 20th Reg., Iowa Infantry that mustered in Davenport, with Charles Asher, husband of Sarah ELDRIDGE, her cousin.

Anna died in childbirth 4 March 1863 at age 24 years. She is buried with her child, Willie, on her father's plot in Davenport's Oakdale Cemetery.(see Find-a-Grave).

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ELDRIDGE: Duncan CAMPBELL and friends try to swing sides to Davenport

In 1838, an election was held in order to decide the Scott County seat, which was a political entity before the City of Davenport was actually incorporated in 1839. Both Davenport and Rockingham vied for the honor. Duncan ELDRIDGE, Antoine LeCLAIRE, George DAVENPORT, and other prominent citizens waged a fierce campaign on behalf of Davenport. Both cities imported "legal residents" from surrounding territories.

Duncan and his cronies brought in 6 wagon loads of Dubuque coal miners - Cornish, Welsh, Irish, and German, with the promise of food, whiskey, and a dollar a day.. These were undesirables in character, dress and language. This deal with money and food was more than they were getting.

Each group had it's prejudices against each other and English was not the common language.

On the west side of Rockingham Township were several successful coal mines. The miners often loaded coal in their wagons to sell to Davenporters. [The mines are now filled with successive land owner's garbage]. That part of Scott County was called Jamestown or "Jimtown" and there is still a road with the current county designation and the original Jamestown Road.

Money was still territorial. Blackhawk was anti-white and hated the idea of settlement in his Saukenuk, a well-established village with longhouses, this territory stretching as far north as Wisconsin - this was all part of Wisconsin Territory. Blackhawk was over 6 ft and 240 lbs. Chief Keokuk was pro-white and a highly intelligent individual.

Governor Dodge annulled the elections twice due to "stupendous frauds". The third time . Davenport won.- Rockingham Township was becoming down-in-the-heels. Many people were leaving to make their homes in Davenport because it had become much more enterprising.

By 1860, Davenport's population had grown to 20,000.

ELDRIDGE: Duncan CAMPBELL, wife Rebecca LIPPINCOTT and 5-yr-old son Charles Henry raft from Cincinnati to Iowa

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ELDRIDGE: Bowman Henry and Margaret DRUMGOOLE's 5 children: Emily, Elizabeth, Bowman Joseph, Nathaniel and Naomi

They were all born in Davenport, Scott, Iowa
1. Emily M. born 23 Jan 1870, died 23 Oct 1876 of diptheria. Buried on John Eldridge lot in Oakdale
2. Elizabeth H. born 22 Aug 1875, died 28 Sept 1877 of diptheria. buried with Emily
3. Bowman Joseph born 14 Feb 1879
4. Nathaniel H. born 20 Oct 1882. The family black sheep. He was occasionally on the other side of the law. On 9 Feb 1900, he was arrested for stealing a set of harness from August STEFFEN's Livery Stable and tried to sell it to a 2nd hand store. On 19 May 1904, Nathaniel and Mrs. Medial RODDUE RUSSELL (no BMD) were married in Davenport by Justice of the Peace L.E. RODDEWIG, however the marriage lasted less than a year. "DELLIA complained he got drunk and "beat her into insensibility" on the streets of Davenport on 9 Apr 1905. The Davenport Public Library's RICHARDSON SLOAN Collections room has some newspaper articles on microfilm about Nathaniel beating his wife and appearing before a judge. He lived with his family until his mother's death in 1912 and then left Davenport. Family members remember Nathaniel as a horse trainer who drifted in and out of town. He died of cancer in the Peoria Illinois State Hospital at Bartonsville, Monroe, Illinois on 5 Nov 1958 and is buried in the Hospital Cemetery.
5. Naomi, born 11 Oct 1884 in Davenport.

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ELDRIDGE: Bowman Henry marries Margaret K. DRUMGOOLE: restauranteur, baker, constable, turnkey, custodian,

Bowman Henry ELDRIDGE was born 30 Sept 1845 in Davenport, son of John and Mary Ann ADAMS ELDRIDGE (also Duncan Campbell ELDRIDGE's nephew).

He married 9 Feb 1869 Margaret Drumgoole who was also very civic-minded. They were married in St. Anthony's Church in Davenport by the Very Rev. J.A.M. PELEMORGUES. Margaret was born 18 Feb 1851 in New York (no location), dtr of Patrick and Mary FERGUSON DRUMGOOLE. She came to Davenport with her parents in 1856 and attended St. Anthony's Parochial School founded by Fr. PELEMORGUES, was the first school in Davenport and was attended by Catholic and Protestant children.

In 1867, Bowman joined his brothers Theodore and Joseph in the bakery business at 3rd and Perry Streets where the Blackhawk Hotel now stands. For 20 years he was connected with his brothers, but in 1885, Bowman started his own restaurant at 309 Brady Street. At age 50, he left the restaurant business and began work for Scott County, serving as constable and as the first "turnkey" at the county jail. In later years he worked for August E. STEFFEN Co. as a custodian.

One of the early "intelligence offices" as employment agencies were first called, was started in Davenport in 1892 due to Margaret DRUMGOOLE ELDRIDGE's efforts. She worked until her death helping others find employment. She was a prominent member of St. Anthony's Relief Society. Both Bowman and Margaret were members of the Scott County Pioneer Old Settlers Assoc. for which Bowman served as president. Membership in this genealogy social support group is limited to those who arrived in Scott County before 1840 and successors. It meets only once a year. The ELDRIDGE home is at 614 Main St, now HALLIGAN McCABE DEVRIES Funeral Home (see website).

Margaret died 25 Jan 1912 in their home at 424 W. 5th St. (old street number) of diabetes. Bowman died 31 July 1924 in Davenport and is buried with Margaret and her brother James DRUMGOOLE, in Davenport's Mt. Calvary Cemetery. They had 5 children.

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