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BAWDEN: George Washington, 7th child of Stephen and Mary TERRILL m. Jennie ELDRIDGE, has 3 "BAWDEN Brothers", alderman, mayor candidate, active in local corporations

George was born 9 May 1859 in Norristown, Montgomery, Pennsylvania, where his father emigrated to run his mining manufacturing business, Sawanee Mining. The family moved to Rockingham Township, Scott, Iowa in Sept. 1860, where Stephen's first land purchase is dated 1 Sept. 1860.

He attended Davenport public schools and graduated from the University of Iowa Law School in 1880 (Iowa City, Johnson, Iowa]. After the death of his father in 1881, George and his mother, Jennie ELDRIDGE BAWDEN moved to Davenport to live with George's sibling, widowed Mary BAWDEN ILES at 614 E. 13th St. (still stands).

George joined the law firm of Judge GRANT. Later he joined C. A. FICKE for 2 years.

On 14 Mar 1885, George married 19-year-old Jennie in her family home at 1530 Farnam. Jennie was born 15 July 1865 on the outskirts of Davenport on a Jersey Ridge Rd. fruit farm where all 9 children were born. She was the dtr of Jacob MULLEN and Mary HIGH WILLIAMS ELDRIDGE, early settlers of Davenport.

For the next 12 years, the BAWDENs made there home in Muscatine, Muscatine, Iowa where George practiced law with Allen BROOMHALL. In 1886 he became vice president of the Iowa Mortgage Co., of which uncle J.B. PHELPS was president.

In 1895 George returned to Davenport to form a partnership with Julius LISCHER. Nephew Stephen PHELPS BAWDEN joined the firm after 1895 graduation from University of Iowa Law School. In 1901 Fred W. NEAL joined the firm which dissolved in 1902 at LISCHER's death. George next formed the firm of BAWDEN and THUENEN. Henry THUENEN became junior partner.

Also in 1895, Jennie's father gave George and Jennie 80 ft. of land on Kirkwood Boulevard to build a home...now 511 Kirkwood Blvd.

George was an active member of the Republican Party and was prominent in Davenport politics. He was elected to 2 terms as 5th ward alderman (he declined a 3rd term, as well as the nomination for mayoral candidate). He was vice president and counsel for the Iowa and Illinois Railroad at the time of the building of the interurban line between Davenport and Clinton, Iowa. In 1902, GEorge became a stockholder and president of the Times Corporation which published the Daily Times newspaper under teh direction of E. P. (Phil) ADLER
George was Chancellor Commander of the Knights of Pythias and a member of the Davenport Turner Society.

He suffered from diabetes. In the Spring of 1905, he went to Excelsior Springs, Lafayette, Missouri to regain health where he died 23 March 1905 (see obit blog) at age 46. AFter George's death, Jennie and their 3 sons, Albert Ralph (A.R.), George Ray (Ray) and Harry ELDRIDGE lived in this home until 1911. They later lived at 1203 E. Second Avenue (9th St.) with Jennie's nephew's wife, Edna BAWDEN, (Stephen Douglas). Jennie lived there until 1928.

Jennie died 1 April 1959 in the DAvenport home of her daughter-in-law, AR's wife, Margaret Theresa HART BAWDEN ("Tess} at 29 Edgehill Terrace. Jennie was a member of the First Presbyterian Church at Kirkwood and Iowa [mother Mary was the first of this family to join]. Jennie and the boys rented pew #32 for 25 cents over and above the weekly tithing. She servied 2 terms as president of the Ladie's Society. Both she and George are buried in Davenport's Oakdale Cemetery with her parents.

Their 3 sons, all born in Muscatine, Muscatine, Iowa (seperate blogs for each)
1. Albert Ralph "A.R." born 6 Aug 1886
2. George Ray "Ray" born 27 Nov 1890
3. Harry ELDRIDGE born 8 Sept 1894

BAWDEN: Thomas John, platted Bawden Addition, named 3 streets after his dtrs, marries hotel proprietor dtr, Anna "Annie" BENTON

Thomas John was born 10 Feb 1855 in Norristown, Montgomery, Pennsylvania, where father Stephen set up mining manufacturing business, Sawanee Mining, for 10 years. Thomas was the son and 6th child of Stephen and Mary TERRILL BAWDEN. Thomas came to Rockingham, Scott, Iowa at the age of 4 years. He attended rural schools and on 5 May 1879, he married Anna BENTON in Davenport.

She was born 26 Mar 1858 in Davenport, dtr of Richard and Margaret PENNYPACKER HIGH BENTON. Richard came to Davenport in 1847 and was proprietor of the Scott Hotel, located at First [River Drive] and Harrison Streets.

Thomas lived at Valley Place Farm for over 54 years. He first farmed with his father, and then as his parents died and as the town grew around the homestead, he platted the BAWDEN Addition in 1895 [still in county plat books and used today in descriptions], naming 3 streets after his daughters: Elsie Avenue, Minnie Avenue and Ada Avenue. Ada Ave. no longer exists and is now Johnson Avenue, a short path to the river. Thomas founded the Valley Place Investment Co. in which the children of Stephen BAWDEN participated in the sale of the original farm land from Concord Ave. south to Rockingham and down to the river at OFFERMAN's Island, now Credit Island, a city park, where French traders plied their business with Native Americans.

Thomas built his family home at 3215 Rockingham Road in 1893. He died there on 14 Jan 1914; Anna died there 29 Nov 1933.

1. Elsie born 29 Jun 1881 in Davenport, Scott, Iowa. After her mother's death, she kept house for her father and sister. She did not marry. She was a life-long member of the Methodist Church and served for many years as Secretary of the Scott County Methodist Sunday School Assoc. She lived in the family home with her sisters until her death 24 Jan 1977.
2. Minnie born 9 Nov 1884 in Davenport. She married 20 Jun 1907, Carl S. FINNE in the family home. He was born 13 Jan 1885 in Sloane, Woodbury, Iowa. At their marriage, he was employed as a shoe salesman of the Boston Store, (forerunner to Petersen-Harned-Von Maur department store at 2nd and Main).
Carl and Minnie lived on Rockingham Rd and Minnie Ave, where he died 24 Jul 1957. Minie died 18 Jan 1958 and is buried with her husband in Davenport's Oakdale Cemetery with her parents. They had no children. They were active members of St. Johns Methodist Church.
3. Ada born 17 Feb 1889 in Davenport and was active all her life in music circles. She was employed as an agent by the Artist Representative Assoc for 41 years and the SCHMIDT Music Company for 17 years. She was a performing pianist as well as choir director and organist for several Methodist churches.
She died 27 Dec 1981, alert in mind, still active as a talent booking agent, and residing in the Rockingham Road home where she and her family lived for almost 100 years.

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BAWDEN: Stephen marries Lucretia MATTHEWS, a previous generation to Stephen...

BAWDEN: Stephen marries Lucretia MATTHEWS, a previous generation to Stephen & Elizabeth GILBERT
Query by Bawden4
Stephen (nmn) BAWDEN, a generation or two back from 1791 Stephen, married Lucretia MATTHEWS 14 Oct 1754 in Perranuthnoe, witnessed by her parents. Lucretia was born 5 Aug 1732 dtr of Jas and Miriam (maiden?) MATTHEWS.

They had all in Perranuthnoe:
Stephen ch 19 May 1755
Elizabeth ch 5 Nov 1756 d. (no date) 1768
Jane ch 16 Apr 1759
Miriam ch 24 May 1761,
Anne ch 12 Jun 1763
William ch 1 Mar 1767
Elizabeth ch 8 Jan 1769
Mary ch 9 Jun 1771

I would love information on 1755 Stephen because I'm missing a generation. Any information from Truro on any of these family members would be appreciated.
Thank you gene angel.

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BAWDEN: Dr. Henry Lightbourne, 2nd child of 1812 Stephen and Mary TERRILL, marries twice, has 5 children, is abusive alcoholic, County Coroner, and member of local and state medical societies

Also see Dr. Henry Lightbourne BAWDEN written in History of Scott County blog.

Henry Lightbourne BAWDEN was born 28 December 1845 in Cobra, Cuba, son of 1812 Stephen and Mary TERRILL BAWDEN.

The family moved to Davenport in the summer of 1860...Stephen's first land purchase records occurred 1 September of that year. Henry joined the Union Army that month and was a member of the 7th Iowa Cavalry serving in the Plains States during 1866-67 according to the 1882 History of Scott County, Iowa. No record of this service can be found in either the Civil War records in Des Moines, Polk, Iowa or the National Archives in Washington, D.C.

After the war, he traveled by ox team to Colorado but returned to Davenport to begin the study of medicine. He was educated at Griswold College (no longer exists - was all-male school, now part of Davenport Central High School's campus at 10th and Main, and used for classes. Griswold College was the forerunner of Iowa College and then Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa.). He read medicine with Dr. A. S. MAXWELL, one of the first doctors in Scott County, in his Davenport office and attended lectures at the University of Iowa Medical School, Iowa City, where he graduated 8 March 1873. He began practice in Davenport and served as Scott County Coroner for over 18 years and was a member of Davenport, Scott County, and Iowa Medical Societies. From 1878-1881 he was voted in as County Coroner.

On 28 January 1877, Henry married Bella/Isabella/Bell Murtha/Martha ANGEL/ANGELL in Davenport's First Presbyterian Church, 7th & Brady Streets, now located at Kirkwood and Iowa Streets. Little is known about Bella other than she was born 4 September 1857 in Peoria, Illinois. [obit says New York City, but she led a transient life at different stages]. Her father supposedly died in the Battle of Shiloh which occurred April 6-7, 1862 in Tennessee. I've seen the name John but didn't pursue it.

Henry divorced Bella 24 September 1901, amd married Ida ELBERT(S), dtr of Wilson and Mary GILBERT ELBERTS on 17 December 1902 in Davenport. On 30 December 1904, Ida divorced Henry for 'habitual drunkenness and cruel and inhuman treatment'.

Henry retired and moved to Montana with Mr. and Mrs. Henry MUNDT with whom he lived in Davenport. He was a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason and was an active member. He died 22 January 1919 in Ismay, Custer, Montana and is buried in Davenport's Oakale Memorial Gardens with his parents and infant brother and son.

Bella moved to Chicago about 1908 with son James Albert, giving her marital status as 'widow'. She lived with her son-in-law Morse/Morris BROWN in the 1920 Chicago census. In the 1930 Chicago census, Bella is living with the ABBE household at 5116 W. Pensacola Avenue as a 72-year-old boarder. Bella died 12 Oct 1946 in Springfield, Lane, Oregon, where she was living with son Dr. George Stephen and wife Anna SEIBEL BAWDEN. George died 19 October 1959 and Anna died 27 May 1950. They lived at 404 N. 19th St. in Springfield and they were members of Hope Lutheran Church and George was a member of Springfield American Legion. The three are buried in Springfield's Mt. Vernon Cemetery.

Dr. Henry Lightbourne and Bella BAWDEN's children all born in Davenport, Scott, Iowa:
1. Harry E. born 2 May 1878, died 27 February 1881. Buried in Oakdale on Stephen and Mary's lot.

2. Dr. George Stephen born 27 July 1880, became medical doctor and practiced with father. He married 8 May 1907 Judith M. HOLSTROM, nurse from Chicago working at St. Luke's Hospital [now Genesis East] dtr of Ludwig and Mathilda CARLSON HOLSTROM, she was born in 1882 (no birth, or death info) She divorced him 29 Aug 1907 on the grounds George deserted her on 27 July 1907. George married Anna Elizabeth SEIBEL, dtr of John Henry and Charlotte LOEHTER SEIBEL from Pleasant Valley, Scott, Iowa.

George served in the Army during WWI and returned to Davenport to resume his practice until 1920 when he and family left. They lived many years in Jasper, Natrona, Wyoming, and then moved to Springfield Oregon where Bella joined them.

George and Anna had 2 children: Lee George born 9 Dec 1909 in Davenport, social security # issued in Oregon, died 26 Feb 1971 in Alameda, California (no other bio info); Henry Stephen born 2 May 1912 in Davenport, social security # issued in Oregon, lived in Springfield with his parents at the time of his father's death. He had one year high school and his enlistment record said he was 70 inches tall and 133 pounds. He died 26 July 1984 in Redding, Shasta, California. (no burial info for either brother)

3. James Albert born 13 October 1882 in Davenport. Left with Bella about 1908 to live in Chicago for a job as special agent with Delaware and Reliance Insurance Co. He married in Jacksonville, Illinois, Frances R. TALMAGE born in Jacksonville, Morgan, Illinois. [burial marker says 1885). They lived in Chicago until 1915 when they moved to Indiana. James' WWII draft notice 2240159 issued in Marion, Indiana. James died 15 Feb 1971, and Frances died 31 December 1962. They are buried in Indianapolis' Crown Hill Cemetery. (See Find-a-Grave)

4. Clark J. born 25 March 1885, died 12 April 1885 in Davenport and is buried in Oakdale Cemetery in Davenport with his father, grandparents.

5. Mae Ella born 27 April 1886 in Davenport. After graduation from Davenport High School in1905, she took a kindergarten course and assisted Miss Alice ROBINSON in her Peoples Union Mission Kindergarten est in 1900. Mae Ella also sang in local musical programs.
On 21 July 1908 at Edwards Congregational Church in Davenport, she married Morse/Morris NEVIN BROWN who was born 29 Oct 1881 in Richland, Eaton, Michigan, son of Samuel M. and Rosetta NEVIN BROWN. He lived at 734 E. 14th St. in Davenport and was an usher at 1st Presbyterian Church in 1905 on Kirkwood and Iowa Streets. He worked as an auditor for Peabody Coal Co. in Chicago, Illinois. He died May 1973 in Fayetteville, Washington, Arkansas. (no burial info)

Mae Ella died at age 38 on 24 December 1924 in Chicago. She's buried in an unmarked grave in Irving Park Cemetery, Irving Park, Illinois (employee email). They had 2 children: Albert NEVIN BROWN b 27 May 1909 in Chicago, died 1991 - no date; Donald B. BROWN born after 1910 in Chicago. [Frank Wallace and Louella Allen ELDRIDGE's dtr Maud(e) married Morse's brother Charles Alfred.]

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BAWDEN: Stephen PHELPS, youngest of Stephen Douglas and "Ella" WOODWARD, marries Edna CAMERON HASKINS, becomes local lawyer, asst county atty, alderman

Stephen PHELPS born 5 May 1877 in Davenport was named for his uncle.

He graduated form the University of Iowa Law School in Iowa City in 1894, and entered the law office of Julius LISCHER and George BAWDEN in Davenport. He joined the firm of DAVIDSON and LANE to take charge of their abstract and loan department. He served Scott County as an Assistant County Attorney, was nominated by the Republican party for County Attorney and was elected alderman of the 6th ward. He also managed the Valley Place Investment Company which was organized to sell lots in BAWDEN's Addition in west Davenport [still exists in Davenport Plat Books as BAWDEN's Addition].

Stephen married Edna Cameron HASKIN(S) 7 Sept 1905 in Trinity Cathedral, Davenport. She was the dtr of Charles and Alice Martha ROBESON HASKINS. Mr. HASKINS operated a livery stable on W. 4th St. in Davenport. The couple had no children and lived with the family at 1315 E. 11th St.

Stephen was an extremely outgoing and popular man and was a member of Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity at U of I, the Commercial and Outing Clubs, and worked for many Davenport charities. He was a member of Trinity Cathedral, serving as Vestryman and Clerk and was also Treasurer for the Iowa Diocese of the Episcopal Church.

His sudden death of a stroke in the family home 13 Dec 1914 at age 37 shocked Davenport; flags were flown at half-mast, the mayor issued a special tribute and the newspapers carried a lengthy article which stated "Stephen BAWDEN had more friends than any man in Davenport, his popularity extending to all classes."

For several years after her husband's death, Edna HASKINS BAWDEN lived with Stephen's uncle's widow Jennie ELDRIDGE BAWDEN, wife of George Washington BAWDEN.

On 1 Oct 1919, Edna married James D. MASON in his parent's Des Moines, Polk, Iowa home. James was the son of James and Mary SAMPLE MASON of Davenport and a grand nephew of Jennie's mother, Mary HIGH WILLIAMS ELDRIDGE

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BAWDEN: Edward TERRILL, 3rd child of Stephen Douglas and "Ella" WOODWARD, fire insurance adjustor and honorary policeman, carries badge and pistol

Edward TERRILL BAWDEN born 16 Nov 1874 in Davenport, graduated from Davenport High School and in 1894 realized his boyhood ambition becoming a fire insurance adjustor and inspector [author-compiler Alice Richardson Sloane, C.G. - no cites].

He accepted a job with Western Adjustment and Inspection Company in Chicago, Cook, Illinois. He became branch manager of the Cincinnati, Ohio office which covered a five-state territory. At age 31, his health failing, he returned to Davenport where he assisted the family in business affairs and served as vice president and director of Valley Place Investment Company which was the name of the family business selling land in the section of Rockingham Twp where his father owned from Rockingham Road to the river at OFFERMAN's Island - now Credit Island, a city park.

He never married, and died in the family home at 1315 E. 11th St. on 24 April 1924. He attended the Episcopal Church - probably Trinity Episcopal Cathedral not far from E. 11th St.

Richard BALLARD, who worked for the family drug store, BALLARD Drug and Dental Co., 106 W. 2nd, in Davenport, recalled Edward as one of their customers, purchasing large quantities of morphine tablets, a legal over-the-counter drug. He also recalled that Edward spent a good deal of time at the Police Station and was made an honorary Davenport policeman which entitled him to wear a large silver star on his coat and carry a nickel-plated revolver.

A newspaper article, pub date uncertain (1905-1924), probably in Davenport Democrat. I have copied it without edits.
Ed Bawden (torn) All of His Jobs: Ed Bawden will retain all of his jobs under the present administration, in spite of the fact that he is a consistent Republican. Mr. Bawden was the first man to greet Chief Boettcher after the latters appointment and hit him for a job or rather for reappointment to the several jobs which he has been holding for a number of years.
Ed is in a class all by himself, when it comes to office holding. He has served the city for years without remuneration. True, his salary has been placed at 23 cents a year, but Lieutenant Frank Lew of the police department, who makes out the police department payroll and is some artist at arithmetic, figured out a system of docking Ed two cents a day when the latter takes his summer vacation each year. So Ed owes the city $3.56 now instead of being an additional burden to the payroll.
Among Mr. Bawdens official positions are those of assistant chief, assistant lieutenant, assistant sergeant, assistant detective, assistant patrolman and assistant police magistrate. He is a handy all-around man at this station , doing whatever he can, and doing it well, just because he wants to be doing something.
I just like to be around, said Ed, in response to a query this morning. It makes me more contented with my own physical ills when I see the poor devils who gravitate into the station every day. I have enough to eat and wear and a good place to sleep and plenty of friends. Many of those who come in here every day have none of these blessings.

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BAWDEN: Benjamin WOODWARD "Ben", 2nd child of Stephen Douglas and Ella WOODWARD, helps uncle JB PHELPS in lumber industry, died age 46 in L.A., California

Benjamin WOODWARD born 3 Nov 1872 in Davenport, graduated from Davenport High School and began his career with uncle JB [John BAKER] PHELPS in the office of LINDSAY-PHELPS Lumber Company.

He worked for the Cloquet Lumber Company in Minnesota, the Pigeon River Lumber Company in South Carolina and finally, before poor health caused him to retire, he was manager of the northwest territory for Lacy and Company, one of the largest lumber factoring concerns in the country.

Ben did not marry. He died at age 46, 6 Aug 1918 in Los Angeles, California, of a brain tumor. He willed his estate to his mother, his sister [Mary Elizabeth] and nephew, Stephen Lee/Lea ELY.

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BAWDEN: Mary Elizabeth "Lizzie", oldest of Stephen Douglas and Mary Ella WOODWARD, m. Solomon Leander ELY

Mary Elizabeth BAWDEN was born 31 Mar 1870 in Davenport, Scott, Iowa, the only dtr of Stephen Douglas and Mary Ella "Ella" WOODWARD BAWDEN. She attended Davenport school and trained in the Teachers Training School in Davenport, noted as one of the best, and started at old Number One Elementary School in Davenport [now at the corner of Locust and Eastern - Madison Elementary School, was located on Spring St. close to the Mississippi River. Original bell sits on property.]

She married Solomon [went by S.L., newspaper, census and cemetery marker] Leander ELY on 22 Mar 1900 in her family home on 1315 E. 11th St. - still stands.

Solomon (prov. Eleanor and Wylie RUMMEL Apr 2008) was born 2 Dec 1864 in Chambersburg, Franklin, Pennsylvania. In 1874, when he was 9 years old (what dates? attrib to author-compiler Alice Richardson Sloane, C.G.), his family moved to Mt. Carroll, Carroll, Illinois. Solomon was the son of Thomas Leander and Elizabeth B. WILAND ELY. He attended the Iowa State Normal School in Cedar Falls, Iowa (now University of Northern Iowa, a public university), and graduated form Davenport Business College. He worked as a bookkeeper in Davenport for the Iowa Soldier's Orphans' Home (now Annie Wittenmyer Complex - buildings owned by Family Services - a social service for profit entity, not orphan's home), and later for A. J. Smith and Son Furniture Store, and rose to Cashier at Union Savings Bank in Davenport.

Sam/Solomon suffered from tuberculosis and had spent several winter months in the South, where he contracted typhoid malaria. He died at age 39 on 6 Jun 1904, in the BAWDEN home on E. 11th, just 2 months after the death of their first son, Edward WEILAND/WILAND ELY. Following Sam's death, Mary Elizabeth gave birth to a second son, Stephen Lee/Lea ELY born 2 Jan 1905 in Davenport.

She did not remarry but devoted herself to care for Stephen, her mother, and teaching school. She died 15 August 1946 in her childhood home at 1315 E. 11th St. and is buried with her family in Davenport's Oakdale Cemetery. The ELYs were members of St. John's Methodist Church.

They had 2 children in Davenport:
1. Edward WEILAND / WILAND born 16 July 1903 and died 21 March 1904 of spinal meningitis. Weiland/Wiland was Samuel/Solomon's mother's maiden name.
2. Stephen Lea/Lee born 2 Jan 1905, died 7 May 1947 in Madison, Dane, Wisconsin of cancer. He was cremated and buried in Madison suburb Monona's Rose Lawn Memorial Cemetery. (seperate blog).

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BAWDEN: Stephen Douglas, oldest of Stephen and Mary TERRILL, local banker, double marriage ceremony with Mary's sister, Cornelia Rebecca TERRILL and JB [John BAKER] PHELPS in WOODWARD Rockingham home

Stephen Douglas BAWDEN was born in Cobra, Cuba, 13 September 1843. The family was called to Cuba for the tin and copper-rich hills of the island, where father Stephen was an agent for his mining equipment manufacturing company, Sawanee Mining (See 1812 Stephen blogs).

He came to Davenport with his family in 1860 when he was 17 years old, from Norristown, Montgomery, Pennsylvania, a big mining area, via England - possibly Redruth.
He was later the cashier for the Davenport National Bank for many years. He was connected with the Union Bank of Davenport.

He married Mary Ella "Ella" WOODWARD 20 May 1869 in a double ceremony with Ella's sister, "Cornie" in the Woodward family home. They were the dtrs of Benjamin BECKWITH and Elizabeth EVANS MORGAN WOODWARD, early pioneers in Rockingham Twp. Benjamin was a noted banker, bank board member and financier.

Ella was born 23 Oct 1848 in Davenport [became a city in 1839].

Stephen Douglas BAWDEN died 1 Aug 1917 in his home at 1315 E. 11th St., Davenport. Ella was a life-long member of the Methodist Church died in their home 18 July 1932. The family is buried in Davenport's Oakdale Cemetery. They had 4 children, Mary Elizabeth Lizzie, Edward TERRILL, Benjamin WOODWARD, Stephen PHELPS; separate bio blogs are entered.

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BAWDEN: George Ray, Jr. "Binc" gets written up in Davenport, Iowa's Quad-City Times the week of his death

Quad-City Times, Davenport, Scott, Iowa, Thursday 6 Mar 1986, p. 4, Bill Wundram, asst editor and childhood friend.

Binc...Binc BAWDEN had whipped the odds so many times that I thought he might make it this time. But he didn't, even if he was only 61.

He needed all the luck he could get, but it ran out. A telephone caller said, "Binc's dead - raise a toast." I lifted a glass and through the misty Scotch and water, remembered rollicking Binc. Few minds were as fertile and as much fun. [see his Christmas stories blog]

Through old clippings - a lot of stuff he called tripe - I followed the plucky life of the Davenport ad agency boss: The good stuff, all the awards, snapping up the big Hardees account and United Guaranty - and the ironies, too. Like the time exactly 10 years ago, when he sat down for Thanksgiving dinner. It was the first time he had eaten food in two years. He had been plagued with a punctured esophagus, an accursed thing that nearly did him in over-and over again. For two years, he had been fed through throat or ostomy tubes. Finally they implanted some of his colon in the punctured spots and he could swallow again. But he laughed, gagging: can you imagine your colon in your throat?

He fought the Grim One so many times that he printed his own script - money redeemable in hospital coffee shops. He'd hand them out to visitors; I have a desk drawer still stuffed with them. 'In St. Luke's We Trust' [now Genesis East], with Binc's picture, and Binc - Secretary of Treasury.

Binc - wotta offbeat monicker for a guy named George. It's for BAWDEN, Inc. Always a company man, even to the sobriquet.

Binc was one of those rare people from whom you never parted without feeling good. Even when he felt lousy. How many people can you say that about, pal?

His body withered from this and that, seventy-five pounds is a lot to lose, but he always returned to work with a twinkle, running the big show of Advertising Communications, Inc. a full-floor of media fun an dgames in Davenport's Union Arcade. He pretended to be working les and golfing more with guys like Doots PRIESTER and Dinny WATERMAN. Binc was a great golfer with a fine rolling hook. A year ago, just out of the hospital, he whammed a 73 at Davenport Country Club.

Fragile and wan, his clickity-click mind never quit working and haranguing. Just the other day, he blasted the Times in a letter to the editor about not checking out the claim of an anti-leaf-burning whiner who said airplane pilots looked down on the Quad-Cities as a great smudge pot.

Beyond the wit and creative mind, past the layout board, there was a crisp business head and the sharp pencil, and the proof-reader's eye. In advertising, life is always a rush job. That's why Binc must have chortled at the program his agency did for his funeral service this week.

The prayer of illumination was spelled with three l's. Smiled the Rev. H. Al Wirtz at First Presbyterian Church "I think Binc did that just for devilment - his last rush job."

The older I get in this racket, I find myself writing more and more sad songs about the people who make the Quad-Cities a great place to live. Binc BAWDEN was one of them.
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George Ray BAWDEN, Jr. was the son of George Ray and Viola DUVALL BAWDEN of Davenport, Scott, Iowa. Binc died 1 Mar 1986 in Davenport of leukemia...a hold-over from his esophagus surgeries. George Ray Sr. was the son of George Washington and Jennie ELDRIDGE BAWDEN. "Binc" was this writer's father.