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ELDRIDGE - BAWDEN: Jennie writes about her marriage to George Washington BAWDEN, son of Stephen and Mary TERRILL appeared in the Davenport Democrat newspaper, front page, 5 Mar 1885

A couple who are native to our town and who have the friendship and esteem of all who know them, were married last evening at the home of the bride's parents [Jacob MULLEN and Mary HIGH WILLIAMS ELDRIDGE]. Miss Jennie ELDRIDGE, daughter of J. M. ELDRIDGE, and George W. BAWDEN of Muscatine. Nettie B. CHENOWETH was the bride's companion at the altar, and Mr. Ed. IRWIN of Muscatine was the groom's best man. The bride is a young lady of charming graces and elegancies, and the young husband is greatly respected here in his native city [born in Norristown, Montgomery, Pennsylvania] and in his practice of law. The Journal (Muscatine newspaper) remarks that MR. and Mrs. BAWDEN will take up their abode in the Spring residence, Third Street hill, which has been handsomely furnished for the reception of the bride. Muscatine society will extend a warm welcome to the estimable young couple. Mr. BAWDEN, during his two year residence in this city, has won the high personal esteem of all with whom he has come in contact, and has proven himself a business man of fine abilities. The bride is one of Davenport's brightest and loveliest young ladies and will quickly win a place in the hearts of a whole host of friends in Muscatine.

An undated account of the marriage of Jennie and George written by Jennie probably just before her death.

George BAWDEN, altho in business in Muscatine, remained with his sister when in Davenport [Mary TERRILL BAWDEN ILES], until his marriage to Jennie Eldridge in 1885, March 4th. The wedding taking place in her old home, Farnam Street and Kirkwood Blvd. At that time it was 16th Street, not acquiring the dignified name of Kirkwood Blvd until many years later. Just a quiet family wedding about 50 relatives and friends at 4 o'clock in the afternoon. Anna Crawaford playing the wedding march. Then a wedding supper. Ed IRWIN was Mr. BAWDEN's best man, Nettie CHENOWITH my brides maid. Aunt Minnie being general hostess as Mother could only be seated through all the festivities being an invalid for many years. Then we took train at 7 p.m. for Muscatine, where a lovely apartment was awaiting our occupancy.

Jennie wrote this about her husband (no date)

He was a brilliant orator and Public speaker - One day in Muscatine he addressed a large crowd in Court House square. Grandpa and Grandma ELDRIDGE [Duncan and Rebecca] came down to dinner and hear him make the address. AFter serving them all at dinner he told me he could not eat much - I wish I had made Albert serve the dinner.

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BAWDEN: Elsie, dtr of Thomas John and Anna 'Annie' BENTON keeps a copy book and a story is printed here, also Harry's Family History notes

WINTER SPORTS - Jan 11th 1895
I had a very nice time during our holidays. We had no school for a week and a half. But I was glad when it began again. During every day since December 26th, 1894 except Sunday, my friends and I have been skating. At home we had a Christmas tree with which we had great fun and we had many presents. One Friday before Christmas we had public day at school. Each scholar got a present and a bag of candy. And nearly every scholar gave our teacher a present. We also had a Christmas entertainer at Sunday School. Every class took part in it but one. They also had a tree on which was a present for every scholar. New Years day we had company and we went skating. I spent my holidays in a very joyful manner and I trust that everyone did.

We young folks always enjoy the winter sports, at least I do. There are a great many kinds of winter sports which all boys and girls love to share in. There are two different kinds of winter sports - the indoor and outdoor sports. The outdoor sports are sliding, skating and snow balling.

The indoor sports are of a great variety. Some of the games which boys, girls and grown up people play are checkers, lotto and dominoes. The next I think of is Christmas which everyone shares some sports. This I think is the happiest time in all of the year. Now comes New Years. It is the beginning of the new year and a good-bye to the old.


Harry BAWDEN writes in his Family History about Minnie ELDRIDGE SCHLEGEL [Minnie is the dtr of Jacob Mullen and Mary HIGH WILLIAMS ELDRIDGE, sister to Jennie, this writer's great-grandmother]

Minnie - a dynamic gal. She had a charming voice. Sang in the Presbyterian choir and also at her sister's wedding. AFter her sister's husband died, Minnie kept a helping hand over the Jennie BAWDEN family.

[Minnie's husband] Carl SCHLEGEL was an accomplished pianist. He could get more sound out of a piano than any one I ever knew. [Carl's father brought a piano to Davenport and gave lessons to children in his spare time]

The Jennie BAWDEN and Minnie SCHLEGEL families for years celebrated Christmas and the Fourth of July at each other's home. Often the BAWDEN boys (3 Albert, George, Harry) would throw bisquits at the SCHLEGEL girls (3 Claire, Lura, Paula). At Christmas each family had large Christmas trees lighted with candles and we all sang 'O Tanabam' [sic Tannenbaum].

Often between courses, Claire [SCHLEGEL] would lead us kids out doors and run around the house to make more room for the food to follow.

Lura {SCHLEGEL - not Laura] also was a musician played the organ in several western churches [west Davenport]. As a young gal at Christmas, I remember her singing a popular song 'I Want What I Want When I Want It.'

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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".

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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
Livestock $330
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

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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.

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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.

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ELDRIDGE: Mrs. D. C. [Rebecca LIPPINCOTT] Obituary 6 Oct 1889 Davenport Iowa Democrat newspaper

One of the Oldest Pioneers of Scott County Passes Away

Another name has been added to the death roll of Scott County pioneers yesterday afternoon at 5 o'clock, after an illness of two months, occurred the death of Mrs. Rebecca Elizabeth ELDRIDGE at the ripe old age of 82 years. It was just 45 years ago yesterday since she arrived in Davenport with her husband for permanent abode. Rebecca E. ELDRIDGE formerly LIPPINCOTT, was born January 23, 1807 in Burlington County, New Jersey. She was married November 4, 1829 to Duncan C. ELDRIDGE in Cincinnati [Ohio]. With her husband she first landed where the city of Davenport now is Oct 5, 1835. They passed on up the river but finding no prettier spot to settle on returned here November 24, 1836, Iowa then being a territory. Her pioneer life was a continuous effort to make those around her comfortable and happy and to the afflicted, the sick, the dying, she was every ready with her sympathy and ministering care. Her house was always open freely to the new comers and strangers. The hospitality of herself and husband was remarked by all. It was at their house that the Christian church of this city was first organized July 28, 1839, they having both been immersed by the lamented James CHALLEN in the Ohio River in Cincinnati. May 29, 1831, and continued steadfastly in the faith to the end. November 4, 1879, the venerable couple, both hale and hearty, celebrated their golden wedding. Her husband died October 3, 1882. She has had in all eight children; two only are living, the eldest Charles H. in Kansas City, Missouri, and the youngest, Micajah L. in Davenport. The funeral will be private.

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ELDRIDGE: Duncan CAMPBELL's Last Will and Testament, Scott County, Iowa - 11 Feb 1881

Scott County, Iowa Circuit Court #2030 - Probate

Now all men by these presents [presence?]: That I Duncan C. ELDRIDGE of the City of Davenport in the County of Scott and State of Iowa, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, and being desirous of settling my worldly affairs while I have strength and capacity so to do, have made published and declared. And now here do make publish and declare as and for my last Will and TEstament (hereby revoking all former wills by me made) in manner and form following that is to say -

I. It is my will that as soon as practicable after my death all my just debts if any there should be shall be paid in the manner provided by law.

II. All my property real personal or mixed, and of whatwoever kind or nature which I shall own and be in possession of as entitled to at teh time of my death, and which shall not be needed for the payment of my debts as aforesaid. I give and bequeath and devise onto my beloved wife Rebecca E. [Elizabeth LIPPINCOTT] ELDRIDGE, to have and to hold the same absolutely and forever, and free from any restriction, except as to the remainder after teh death of my said wife Rebecca E. ELDRIDGE, should there be any of my said property or the proceeds thereof left that any and all such remainder and remainders I give and bequeath as follows: The undivided one-half thereof. I give and bequeath and devise to my son Micajah LIPPINCOTT ELDRIDGE to have and to hold the same forever. The other undivided one-half thereof I give and bequeath and devise to my four grand children to wit: Mary Rebecca (sometimes called Birdie) ELDRIDGE, Anna ELDRIDGE and Rea ELDRIDGE, children of my son Charles Henry ELDRIDGE, and Lewis M. ASHER [son of dtr Sarah], my said grand children to share and share alike of the undivided one-half bequeathed to them to have and to hold the same forever.

III And I hereby appoint my said wife sole Executrix of this my last will and testament and I direct that she shall not be requried to give bonds for the faithful performance of her duties as such.

In testimony whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name and have published and declared these presents as and for my last will and testament in presence of the witnesses whose names are subscribed hereto attesting such my acts and deeds, so done in the City of Davenport, Scott County, Iowa this eleventh day of February A.D. 1881. Signed - D. C. ELDRIDGE. witness thereof we have at the request of said testator and in his presence or names as witnesses of such his acts and deeds. Signed C.H. KENT, Davenport, Iowa; M. D. SNYDER, Davenport, Iowa.

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ELDRIDGE: Duncan CAMPBELL obituary and list of Firsts in the Davenport Iowa Democrat newspaper 3 Oct 1882

A Landmark Fallen
Death of Duncan C. ELDRIDGE
The Oldest Remaining Male Settler of the City of Davenport - The First Miller, One of the First Merchants and the Builder of the First Brick House, The Postmaster for Thirteen Years. An Industrious Life - The Patriarch's Career - The Funeral

A landmark has fallen! The venerable Duncan CAMPBELL ELDRIDGE, who was teh only man of the old settlers who became residents of Davenport in 1835 who was still remaining among us, is dead. He fell asleep at 11-1/2 o'clock this forenoon. The fatal ailment was paralysis. On Saturday September 23d, while in the Christian chapel attending to his duties as member of committee on repairs, the stroke came, and prostrated him - his whole right side being paralyzed while the left side seemed strong as ever. He lost his power of speech at the same time. He was borne to his home, 214 west Fifth street, and it was soon discovered that he must now journey rapidly toward the dark river. As old asthmatic trouble asserted itself, and aided in theweakening process. He could take little or no nourishment, and so he lay awaiting death with calm resignation. Old settlers would call upon him, and he would give them a warm clasp of the hand, the tears would well up into his eyes, he must part from his old friends - but he was ready. He isgone - one of the spirited citizen, teh philanthropic and charitable neighbor and friend, the kindly, tender-hearted old man, gone to his reward. His widow is the only remaining person of the group of people who settled here immediately after the town was laid out in 1835. There are those still living - may they abide with us many years - who settled some distance outside the limits of the town, but not another person beside Mr. ELDRIDGE who were the first settlers in the original village is living here.

Duncan CAMPBELL ELDRIDGE was born, son of Josiah [and Sarah MIDDLETON] ELDRIDGE in Haddonfield, New Jersey, six miles from Philadelphia, on the 3d day of August, 1801. His parents were Quakers of the strictest sort. He received a good common school education and learned the trade of brick-layer and plasterer. He worked at his trade in his native town and in Philadelphia til the summer of 1824 when he went to Rocheswter, NY and stayed there, in that then growing place, til 1828, when losing his first wife [Rachel BROWN], he returned to Philadelphia - but moved that very year to Cincinnati. He worked at his trade there - and there he met Miss Rebecca LIPPINCOTT, whom he had known in his youth, back in Haddonfield - an own cousin of the great Philadelphia publishers - and the twain became one flesh in a few months after renewing their acquaintance. In Cincinnati Mr. Eldridge met Antoine LeCLAIRE and "Col." [honorary not military] George DAVENPORT, who described to him the beauty of the country opposite Fort Armstrong [on Rock Island Arsenal Island] and the village of Stephenson,[Rock Island] Illinois. [Davenport, Iowa was still part of the Michigan Territory]. LeCLAIRE and DAVENPORT met Duncan ELDRIDGE in Cincinnati on a supply trip and told him a town had been laid out there in the Spring to be called Davenport, and thought it would be a good thing for ELDRIDGE to move out there. He took their advice. He and Mrs. Eldridge [and 5 yo son Charles Henry b 26 Jul 1830 in Cincinnati] left Cincinnati early in September 1835. [see 'float boat' story in Micajah Lippincott ELDRIDGE blog].

The only dwelling house on this side of the river was one occupied by Antoine LECLAIRE, the ferryman, the site of which was near where the present freight depot of the C.R.I. & P. railroad stands. Mr. ELDRIDGE brought enough lumber from Cincinnati to erect a shanty as he called it, and in that shanty they passed the winter, their neighbors being the LECLAIRES and two or three families who landed soon after the ELDRIDGES did. In that shanty the first girl baby born in Davenport saw the light [Sarah Elizabeth ELDRIDGE b. 3 May 1837. First white male child - no name - was son of Levi S. COLTON, born Autumn of 1836, died in Indian village - mother was Native American]. Sarah is deceased six years since.

The next year Mr. E. went to Cincinnati andpurchased a stock of goods for a general store, which he opened in a frame building on the northeast corner of Ripley and Front [River Drive] Streets which that winter became known as "brimstone corner', because revival meetings were held in the second story of it, the Methodist preacher who officiated preaching the lake of fire all the time.


In 1839 and Mr. ELDRIDGE was elected a member of the first board of trustees, with A. C. DONALDS
ON, John FORREST, Jonathan W. PARKER, John LETCH, and John OWENS. Rodolphus BENNETT was mayor, Frazer WILSON recorder, James M. BOWLING treasurer, George COLT marshal. In 1847 Mr. ELDRIDGE served as alderman of the Second Ward.


Ever delivered in the town was preached in Mr. ELDRIDGE's house by the Rev. Mr. (nfn) GAVITT [also GAVET].


Antoine LeCLAIRE was the first postmaster but he turned over teh dities of theposition to Mr. E. who fulfilled them as deputy for a year and a half, when he was appointed postmaster, and thus his establishment was post office as well as general store. In a year he became postmaster, Mr. E sold his stock of goods and devoted his attention to post office business with matters of insurance and other doings he could attend to as well as not.


Mr. ELDRIDGE built it on the northeast corner of 3rd & Main [still existed at the obit date - not anymore]. Harvey LEONARD made teh brick and laid them for him. The quarters becoming too small as residence and post office. In fact since his residence, Mr. ELDRIDGE has built thirty-four houses [see Micajah Lippincott ELDRIDGE blog for partial list]. Thirty-five counting the spacious golden dining hall which was improvised for the celebradion of his golden wedding on the west side of the home. He remained Postmaster for thirteen years. He was a Whig - and after Franklin Pierce was inaugurated, Mr. A. F. MAST, Democrat, was appointed Duncan's successor.


In 1851, Mr. ELDRIDGE bought out the drug stores of Alfred SANDERS and John F. DILLON, andunited them in one store, next door west of what is now Wadsworth's block. He sold this store to Wm. WEBB who moved it to No. 105 W. Second Street - and is E. S. Ballard & Co's drug store now. Since his sale of drug stock Mr. E. has confined his business to insurance mostly, several years for himself and for the last twelve years with Mr. D. M. HARTWELL's now - HARTWELL and BEMIS Agency.


Was introduced by Mr. Eldridge. IT was one of "GETTY's Patent Metallic mills". It was something of the style of the feedmills now ysed by farmers, and it's motive power was a strong horse.


Duncan was the oldest west of the Alleghanies. He was initiated a member of Kensington Lodge, in Philadelphia in May 1828, more than fifty-four years ago, and has been an affiliated member of the Order ever since, occupying the highest chairs in the subordinate lodges to which he has belonged. He belonged to Davenport Lodge, No. 7.


It was on the fourth day of November 1879 that Mr. and Mrs. ELDRIDGE celebrated their anniversary in their home on Fifth Street. The festivities were attended by a great number of people and the turnout of old settlers was so large as to be a compliment in itself.


Mr. Eldridge was one of the most active and influential supporters. He called the meeting held in LECLAIRE Hall in January 1858, for the purpose of organizing the association. He was, with James McINTOSH, Willard BARROWS, John F. DILLON and Edw RICHSER on the committee on organization; he was one of its first vice presidents, he was elected president in January 1861. Messrs. Antoine LeCLAIRE and Evenezer COOK having been his only predecessors in the office. Always he has been at the front in furthering the interests of the organization. The ASsociation will sadly miss him.


John M. Eldridge [brother] who came to Davenport in 1839; Mrs. Anna RUMBOLD [d-i-l by marriage] who lives near Plankinton, Dakota; William ELDRIDGE the younger brother who lives near Great Egg Harbor, New Jersey. He was like a father and brother us us all - especially to me said Mr. John ELDRIDGE today as his voice choked with emotion.


Mr. ELDRIDGE was the father of eleven children - four by his first wife [only Jacob survived]; and seven by her [Rebecca] who survives him, and has been for fifty-three eyars one of the most faithful of wives and best of mothers. Of these, Jacob M., Charles and Micajah are living, and are residents of Davenport, the number of grandchildren is nearly a score - while there are great grandchildren also. But within two days of the 47th anniversary of his landing in Davenport he passes away. Had he lived until Thursday next he would have seen that anniversary. But the patriarch has left us - passing away while his fellow townsmen cherished feelings of deepest respect for him.

THE FUNERAL takes place next Thursday afternoon, the 47th anniversary of the day of Mr. Eldridge's arrival in Davenport. Mr. Eldridge belong belonged to the Church of the Disciples (the Christian denomination) for more than fifty years, and in the Christian Chapel the services will be held at two o'clock.

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ELDRIDGE: Micajah LIPPINCOTT gives a story in 1920 to the Davenport Democrat and Leader newspaper about his father, Duncan CAMPBELL ELDRIDGE

This was an article dated 22 Aug 1920, quoting the youngest child of Duncan CAMPBELL and Rebecca LIPPINCOTT ELDRIDGE: It appears in the appendix of The ELDRIDGE-BAWDEN Families noted in comments.


M. L. ELDRIDGE is 75 years old today. He tells of some of the first beginnings in Davenport [Scott County, Iowa]: "I have heard my father tell of living in Cincinati [Ohio], and that in 1835 he built a floatboat with a house cabin on it; he put in a stock of groceries and provisions [along with enough wood to build a shanty] and together with his wife and baby [Charles Henry b 26 Jul 1830 in Cincinnati] journeyed down the Ohio River to the Mississippi thence was towed up the river to Galena, Illinois - not liking it there, he bargained with the steam boat captain to tow him back to St. Louis. The winter was setting in early and very cold, the ice formed so fast that a little later the captain in order to save his boat cut loose from the flat boat in order to fun faster, leaving the ELDRIDGE outfit to its fate, the flat boat floated along with the ice during that day and night. Toward morning the cold was intense. When daylight came the ice had stopped moving and the flat boat and cargo was frozen in the middle of the river opposite the site of Davenport [town of Stephenson, Illinois, now Rock Island].

A little later several settlers came to the river bank and called saying to have ptience and when it was safe they would come out and help to get them ashore. The boat was torn to pieces, the lumber was used toward building a cabin.

When the lumber dried out, large cracks appeard. Mother made paste with flour and pasted old newspapers 9mostly illustrated) over the cracks, the settlers would come in and stand or sit on a box and enjoy the pictures and reading matter--a Bible and a few books that mother had brought along constituted the first library and reading room. Mother baked bread and made dried apple pies for the settlers (no Federal Bakery here then) and father sold groceries and provisions, the first grocery and bakery; it was located on the corner of Front [River Drive now] and Ripley Streets.

Antoine LeCLAIRE was the first postmaster and carried the mail in his pocket. He tired of the job and put father in charge of the mail, so that the cabin became the first post office. In the same cabin was preached the first sermon by E. M. GAVET, a Methodist minister.

In 1837 father put up a small mill to crack corn, a horse was the motive power. "Old Joe" TOPIN, an old discharged soldier was the miller and he rolled out the bread stuff by the quart. This was the first grist mill.

During the summer of 1838 the first brick house was erected by father, who was a practical brick mason. It was located on the northeast corner of Main and Third Streets, now the Masonic temple. [no longer exists] on a lot bought of Antoine LeCLAIRE. It was in his corn field and a row of corn was purchased and cut out to form a road to haul the brick. A few years later, in 1845, I was born in that first brick house. My recollection of the event is somewhat clouded but I know I was there just the same.

The same year that he [father] built the brick dwelling he was appointed postmaster. Mr. LeCLAIRE having resigned. Then he [father] built a small brick building on the same lot for a post office. This was the first postoffice building in Iowa. Postage was twenty-vife cents, paid by the recipient. No stamps yet. In 1839 the LeCLAIRE house, built of brick, a grand hotel in those days, was erected by Antoine LECLAIRE at a cost of $35,000. It was located on the northeast corner of Main and Second, now teh PUTNAM block. Father did the brickwork. July 4, 1845, "Colonel" Davenport was murdered and robbed in his residence on the island [Rock Island Arsenal on the Mississippi River - still exists]. The same year, 1845, Iowa became a state [Dec 28, 1846]. I was born that same year [22 Aug 1845], just like we were twins but Iowa has outgrown me.

I remember the horse ferry boat, before the steam ferry appeared. It was a flat boat with side paddle wheels; a horse on each side of the boat working on an inclined tread mill to make the 'wheels go round'. The steam ferry commenced 5 May 1852.

September 21, 1854, I saw the first stone -- the corner stone -- laid for the first bridge across the Mississippi. The bridge was about 1600 ft. long from the Iowa shore to the Island [Rock Island Arsenal]. The abutment is still standing on both sides.

INFO from author-compiler Alice Richardson Sloane, C.G.
2. According to several accounts, D. C. ELDRIDGE built or helped to build 34 houses in the town of Davenport. He is supposed to have lived in each of the 34 houses. This may be true but difficult to prove since city directories for the period are oncomplete and house numbers and street names were changed periodically. Listed are excerpts from existing (years listed)Davenport City Directories which list the residences of D. C. ELDRIDGE:
1856 - 4th & Rock Island Street (now Pershing Ave)
1861 - 14 E. 14th St.
1862 - 22 E. 3rd St.
1863 - NW Corner 9th and Farnam Street
1866 - 3rd btw Harrison and Main
1867 - 3 ss 1e College Ave (possibly built by A. C. FULTON, 1863, NE c Front [River Drive] and College Ave. E.D. [was B&B but is now for sale 2012]
1868 - 13th NW corner Perry Street
1873 - 13th NW corner Perry Street
1874 - 304 Rock Island Street (Pershing Avenue)
1876-89 - 214 W. 5th St.

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