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Naomi was born 11 Oct 1884 in Davenport, Scott, Iowa, the last child of Bowman Henry and Margaret DRUMGOOLE ELDRIDGE.
In 1903 she eloped with Clinton Oliver Martin to Peoria, Illinois where on 20 Oct 1903 at the home of Bishop Spaulding, they were married. Clinton was born 8 July 1872 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania son of John H. and Rachel POOL MARTIN. The marriage license states that Naomi was 19 years-of-age, while Clinton was 28 years old. [1880 census Clinton was 8 yo. My source said 1876]
This article appeared in the Davenport Democrat newspaper 25 Oct 1903, p 14.
A Happy Conclusion of a Local Romance
A Marriage of Six Months Ago Made Known
Clint MARTIN and Miss Naomi ELDRIDGE Announce Their Wedding in Peoria Last May After a Period of Painful Suspense and Opposition
An interesting romance was made public in this city Saturday, and caused a gentle flutter of interest in the vicinity of a good many friends of the principal figures in the case.
Early in the season friendship that had existed between Clint MARTIN, the left fielder of the Davenport baseball team, and Miss Naomi ELDRIDGE, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bowman H. ELDRIDGE advanced to the more intimate stage of an engagement of marriage, but there it encountered the unyielding opposition of the girl's parents. They objected on the ground that she was too young to assume the responsibilities of her own home, being not yet out of her teens. She declined to surrender her lover, and her parents refused to sanction her marriage, and there the matter hung.
It was in the person of James DRUMGOOLE, uncle of the bride, became interested. His niece confided her troubles to him, and assured him that marry she would; with parental consent of that could be had, without if it could not be got. If the opposition did not cease to bar the way to her happiness, she would elope with her lover and be married regardless.
Mr. DRUMGOOLE saw that it was time for making the best of the situation, so he held a council of the young people and told them that if they were bound to commit matrimony, they should do it in the proper way. He is a traveling man and was about to make a trip into Indiana, and he advised them to run over to Peoria with him on his way to the Hoosier state, and have the ceremony done in the right way. And this was what they did. The ceremony was performed at Peoria, May 4, at the home of the Right Reverend John SPAULDING, bishop of the diocese of Peoria. The officiating clergyman was Rev. Father BURKE. Mr. DRUMGOOLE was the witness and attendant.
After the marriage, the couple returned to this city, the bride to her parents' home, the groom to his quarters as a member of the Davenport ball team. The marriage was kept a secret by them. They were so circuspect in their meetings that no inkling of their new relation was gathered by their relatives and friends, and their good uncle kept his own counsel. Probably time never seemed to drag as it did then, for either of the young people. They both stood the ordeal well until Mrs. ELDRIDGE discovered the truth about two weeks ago.
Coming up behind her daughter one day, about that time, she found Naomi gazing fondly at a ring worn on one of her lily fingers. It was in the place where a wedding ring is worn. The girl equivocated, when an explanation was demanded, to the extent of saying that it was her engagement ring, but when her mother wanted to know why, she wore it as a badge of wifehood, she was unable longer to contain the secret and confessed.
Just what happened then belongs to the private history of the ELDRIDGE family, and is the business of nobody else, but it is the understanding tht the parents received the announcement as a good deal of a shock. For the past two weeks, it is believed the young wife has not been thehappiest of women. But Saturday teh good uncle came on the scene again, having returned from a trip among his trade, and under his arguments and persuasions, a truce was reached. The parents agreed to do the sensible thing and take the young people in, and let the news be given out. Under the new management, Mr. and Mrs. MARTIN will make their home with Mr. and Mrs. ELDRIDGE at 424 W. 5th St. and peace will hover over the scene and the hateful secrecy and separation be at an end.
The groom in this interesting affair is an employee of the Arsenal, where he has been working ever since the ball team disbanded. He is a steady young man and is regarded as worthy of teh confidence of the young lady who has entrusted him with her future. He takes his responsibility with a proper degree of seriousness, and whether he plays ball for Davenport next year or not, he is to be congratulated on his last and best home run of this season."
The marriage did not last, for on 16 Dec 1908 p. 7 of the Davenport Democrat was printed:
"J.P. DRUMGOOLE of this city has just received a communication from a friend in Frankfurt, Pennsylvania, conveying the sad intelligence of the death of Clinton O. MARTIN who is well known in this city. Mr. MARTIN was engaged about five years ago as an outfielder on the Davenport Baseball Club on the Three I League and also played with Rock Island and Decatur and Bloomington. He was married in this city six years ago to Miss Naomi ELDRIDGE, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. B. H. ELDRIDGE. He is survived by wife and two children.
[1 Margaret Rachel born 3 Mar 1904 in Davenport. She died in childhood.
2 Naomi Catherine born 25 Jun 1905 in Davenport, married Joe D. DEEN, who was employed at the Lunex Co. in Davenport. Naomi died 7 Jan 1974 in Davenport and is buried in Davenport's Mt. Calvary Cemetery.]
On 9 Feb 1912 at St. Anthony's Chapel, Davenport, Naomi ELDRIDGE MARTIN became the second wife of Alfred Vincent MILLER. He was born 20 Aug 1883 in LaPointe City, Black Hawk, Iowa, son of Jacob MILLER, (no mother).
Alfred died 17 May 1963 in Davenport; he had worked as a boilermaker for the Rock Island Railroad fr 36 years before he retired in 1947. He had 1 dtr by his first marriage, Elizabeth MILLER.
Naomi lived with her parents and brother, Nathaniel, before she married Alfred at 424 W. 5th St. and gave piano lessons. In 1963 she retired after working for 26 years for the Physicians and Surgeons Exchange in Davenport. Naomi died 7 Feb 1967 in Davenport andis buried with her husband, Alfred in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. They were members of Sacred Heart Cathedral.
ELDRIDGE: Bowman Joseph marries Loretta Marie MICLOT and they have 5 children: Joseph Bowman, Mary Ellen, Julia Veronica, Catherine Margaret, and Josephine Agnes
Bowman Joseph was born 14 Feb 1879 in Davenport, Scott, Iowa, first son of Bowman Henry and Margaret DRUMGOOLE ELDRIDGE. He was educated at St. Anthony's Parochial School next to the church.
He began work in 1896 at age 17 as a flagman for teh C.M. & St. Paul RR and was promoted to switchman. He was employed at the Rock Island Arsenal 1916-1923. Later, he was a self-employed painter.
He married Loretta Marie MICLOT on 14 Jan 1902 in Davenport's Sacred Heart Cathedral on 10th and Iowa. Loretta was the dtr of a French immigrant, Joseph and Julia NATHAN MICLOT (born in NY). Loretta was born on 23 Jan 1879 in Davenport. Both parents died before Julia's engagement. Brother John B. Miclot gave Loretta's hand in marriage.
Bowman Joseph died 18 Aug 1946 in Davenport; Loretta died 25 Jun 1937 in Davenport. They were members of Sacred Heart Cathedral and are buried in Davenport's Mt. Calvary Cemetery.
Children all born in Davenport:
1. Joseph BOWMAN born 10 Nov 1902, d. Sept 1982 Davenport
2. Mary Ellan, born 18 Sept 1904, called Marie by family, married 1 Oct 1931 Bernard Vernon STROMBERG in Sacred Heart. They had 2 children: Patrick John born Iowa City, Iowa and Ruth Ann born in Davenport.
3. Julia Veronica born 11 Nov 1907
4. Catherine Margaret born 15 Dec 1912, died of pneumonia 21 Jan 1913 in Davenport
5. Josephine Agnes born 23 Sept 1917, married Raymond J. LAAKE on 10 Apr 1948. They had 4 children in Davenport: Gene Lawrence born 4 May 1949; Gary Edward born 6 Jul 1950; Daniel Joseph born 20 Jan 1953; Lorraine Ann born 3 Nov 1954 all in Davenport.
Duncan CHALLEN was born 21 May 1868 in Davenport, Scott, Iowa and was named for his father and the pastor who married his parents.
After attending Davenport schools, "Chal" as he was called, began at age 17, blueing guns at the Rock Island Arsenal where he worked through three wars.
He left for other employment but returned to the Arsenal in 1898 at the time of the Spanish American War. During WWI, he was in charge of all the clocks on the Island, and each day synchronized and wound by hand, more than 200 time pieces.
In 1925 he left the Arsenal to become the "Clock Man" for the Rock Island Lines, keeping all the self-setting and self-winding clocks in repair. Chal became known as one of the most expert clock repairmen in America, maintaining railroad clocks from all over the country, including the large clock in the tower at the La Salle Street Station in Chicago.
During WWII, he returned to the Arsenal, not to work on clocks but as an inspector of springs for machine guns. At his retirement, he had served the United States for more than 30 years.
Duncan married Annette HUTCHINSON on 4 Apr 1901 in Davenport by the Minister of the Christian Church. She was the dtr of Joseph and Elizabeth WALKER HUTCHINSON. She was born 29 Mar 1869 in Cambridge, Guernsey, Ohio where she attended school. She died 21 Jul 1949 in Davenport. She and Duncan are buried in Davenport's Oakdale Memorial Gardens.
Duncan was an active member of the Masons, the Presbyterian Church and the National Council of Presbterian Men. He died 6 Feb 1951 in Davenport.
Duncan and Annette had a daughter.
Ethel born 27 Nov 1904 in Davenport, attended Davenport schools and graduated from Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois. In 1924, with an A.B. degree, she taught English, Latin, drama and literature in the high school at Armstrong, Iowa, until 1935 Ethel married Leroy Melvin VANDENBURGH who was born 11 Sept 1907 in Armstrong, Iowa, son of George B. and Anna STOKER VANDENBURGH. Leroy attended Armstrong schools, Estherville Junior College and was trained as a mortician at Minneapolis, Minnesota.
They lived in Atlanta, Georgia. Leroy worked in the mortuary where the body of President Franklin D. ROOSEVELT was prepared for burial.
On 12 Jan 1954, while working as a chemical salesman, Leroy was killed in an automobile accident at rural Wallace, Franklin, Arkansas. The cause of his death was unusual. Bottles of embalming fluid which Mr. VANDENBURGH carried inhis car, broke and the fumes from the fluid caused his death. Ethel died 18 Mar 1981 in Oklahoma City, Payne, Oklahome. They are buried in Grove Cemetery in Armstrong, Emmet, Iowa. They had one son, Leroy Melvin VANDENBURGH, JR.born 8 Dec 1944 in Atlanta, Georgia. He was killed in an automobile accident near Stillwter, Payne, Oklahoma, on 22 Apr 1966 and was buried with is parents in Armstrong, Iowa.
ELDRIDGE: Jacob MULLEN, father of 9, real estate developer, railroad developer, insurance agent, gson Harry BAWDEN repeats stories
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, 290 pps, no copyright, no ISBN, in the personal library of this writer.
These come from the appendix of the above vinyl-bound family history.
A couple who are native to our town and how have the friendship and esteem of all who know them, were married last evening at the home of the bride's parents. 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 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, 3rd 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.
Davenport Democrat 5 Mar 1885 Front page
The Jennie BAWDEN and [sister] Minnie SCHLEGEL families for years celebrated Christmas and the Fourth of July at each others home. Often the BAWDEN boys would throw bisquits at the SCHLEGEL girls. Between courses, [Minnie's dtr] Claire would lead us kids out doors and run around the house to make more room for the food to follow. At Christmas each family had large Christmas trees lighted with candles and we all sang [sic] O Tanabam.
Harry BAWDEN's Family History about the Minnie ELDRIDGE SCHLEGEL family.
I5t's difficult for most Davenporters to imagine Indians wandering through the yards of homes in the vicinity of Kirkwood Blvd and Farnam St.
However, Mrs. Jennie BAWDEN, 29 Edgehill Terrace, doesn't have a difficult time imagining such occurrences. She remembers them! Mrs. BAWDEN who celebrated her 90th birthday this week recalls many equally fascinating experiences in early Davenport.
Daughter of J.M. (Jake) ELDRIDGE, prominent Scott County real estate man for whom the community of Eldridge is named, Mrs. BAWDEN spent her early years inthe family home at Kirkwood and Farnam. One of her earliest recollections is seeing the Indians walk through her yard. A tree onthe property bore the markings of an Indian trail. They stopped to greet members of her family.
I had such black hair, they thought I was a papoose, and they always begged mymother to let them hold me, the sprightly little lady says.
Mother would usually offer them a pie, fresh from the oven, and they'd be on their way, she added.
Jennie married George Washington BAWDEN, then a recent graduate of the Iowa University Law School, in 1885. The couple lived in Muscatine for several years and their first son Albert was born there. Another memorable experience was pushing Albert in his baby buggy across the then 'new' bridge spanning the Mississippi River at Muscatine (Iowa).
The First Presbyterian Church was located in the 600 block on Brady St. in what is now part of the Davenport Public Museum. Construction of the present church in what wasw then considered suburban Davenport (Kirkwood and Iowa) is vivid in the memory of the 90-year-old woman.
When effects of the church were transported to the new building in a procession, the BAWDEN's 14-year-old son, Albert had the distinction of carrying the Bible, his mother reported. [ed note: I read where noted jazz cornetist Bix BEIDERBECKE had the same honor.]
Bicycling and canoeing were 2 popular sports for young married couples in Davenport such as the BAWDENs.
Another vivid recolletion for Mrs. BAWDEN is the advent of the 'horseless carriage' on Davenport streets. It seems one of the first automobile owners was Harry RYAN [George's nephew]. Mrs. BAWDEN recalls embarrassment the day Mr. RYAN was a caller in her home and they looked out the window in time to see her teenage sons, Ray and Harry, and chum, Dana WATERMAN taking a spin down the boulevard in the new limousine.
ELDRIDGE: Emily M., 9th and last child of Jacob MULLEN and Mary HIGH WILLIAMS, dies of diptheria at the age of 6
Emily M. (MULLEN?) ELDRIDGE born 23 Jan 1870 in Davenport, Scott, Iowa died 23 Oct 1876 and is buried in Davenport's Oakdale Cemetery.
ELDRIDGE: Jennie, 7th child of Jacob MULLEN and Mary HIGH WILLIAMS, marries attorney George Washington BAWDEN,
ELDRIDGE: Minnie, 6th child of Jacob MULLEN and Mary HIGH WILLIAMS, marries pharmacist, head of drug stores, Carl SCHLEGEL
Minnie was born 20 Jul 1862 in Davenport, Scott, Iowa. She attended Davenport schools. She married Carl Edward SCHLEGEL 20 Oct 1886 in her family home on Farnam, southwest corner of Kirkwood Blvd.
Carl SCHLEGEL was born 30 Jan 1862 in Davenport, son of Gustav A. and Emelie Fredriche LERCHEN SCHLEGEL. Gustav came to the United States from Saxony, and in 1850 established a drug store in Davenport. Gustav SCHLEGEL loved music and brought the first piano to Davenport. He placed the piano in the back of his drug store on 2nd Street and gave piano lessons to children in his spare time.
After graduation from Davenport High School, Carl attended the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy where he graduated in 1885. He returned to Davenport to work with his father in the drug store. After Gustav retired in 1900, Carl became the owner.
At his death 27 Jan 1940, Carl owned 12 drug stores located in Davenport, Bettendorf, (Iowa) and Rock Island, Rock Island, Illinois, and Muscatine, Muscatine, Iowa. He was interested in the welfare of his community, and he was a member of community organizations, professional, fraternal and social, as well as being a tustee of the Davenport Public Library for over 30 years. Carl and Minnie loved music, he played the piano, and she sang; both were members of First Presbyterian Church choir for many years. When Carl died, they had been married 54 years.
Minnie ELDRIDGE SCHLEGEL died 1 Jan 1947 in their home at 218 Ridgewood Avenue and is buried with the SCHLEGEL family in Davenport's Oakdale Cemetery. They had 4 children all born in Davenport:
1. Leo Edward born Feb (no date) 1888, died 15 Sept 1888 at 7 mos of convulsions. He is buried in Oakdale.
2. Claire born 21 Aug 1889
3. Lura born 22 Mar 1892
4. Paula Jeanette born 27 May 1899
ELDRIDGE: George Wallace, 8th child of Jacob MULLEN and Mary HIGH WILLIAMS, makes a name in Wynne, Arkansas
ELDRIDGE: Theodore FORTNER marries notable LeClaire, Scott, Iowa family, Anna Francis "Fanny" PARKHURST
Theodore Fortner born 12 Jun 1841, first child of John and Mary Ann ADAMS ELDRIDGE to be born in Davenport, Scott, Iowa.
He married Anna Francis "Fanny" PARKHURST in the old First Baptist Church on 7 Sept 1865 in LeClaire, Iowa, town named from Duncan Campbell ELDRIDGE. Fanny was the dtr of Lemuel and Mary PARKHURST. Lemuel and his father Eleazer settled in the area now called LeClaire in 1836, naming the town Parkhurst.
Theodore began his business career in 1863 as a drug clerk for his brother-in-law, Dr. William Wallace PARKER. In 1867, he went into partnership with his brothers, Joseph an dBowman to form the ELDRIDGE Brothers bakery, confectionery, restaurant, ice cream soda and oyster saloon" at 3rd & Perry Streets in Davenport. This business was in operation until 1892, after that, Theodore joined the W. H. SNIDER and Son Insurance and Real Estate Co. Theodore constructed in 1894, one of Davenport's first apartment buildings, the Cora-Lee-Roy Apartments, at 602 Brady, named after 3 of his 4 children who lived.
He suffered from tuberculosis and spent a lot of time in New Mexico and California trying to recover his health. He died 16 Jun 1908 in Davenport. Fanny served several terms as president of the Scott County Pioneer Association (still exists 2011 open to relatives who settled in Scott County up til 1840. This writer served as 5th vice-president. Fanny died 26 July 1937 and they are buried in Davenport's Oakdale Memorial Gardens. (see Find-a-Grave).
Children all born in Davenport:
1. Cora M. born 8 Sept 1869 (1880 census 11 yo). She attended Davenport schools, graduated from the Chicago Music School. She did not marry but lived with her mother and taught music. She was a member of Davenport's First Presbyterian Church and Scott County Pioneer Assn. She died 16 Aug 1955 of 'heart disease' and is buried in Oakdale.
2. Pearl C. born 4 Jan 1873, died of croup 4 Dec 1874, buried Oakdale
3. Lee Earl born 10 Oct 1876, began his business career in the family insurance business. On 1 Sept 1906 in Detroit Lakes, Becker, Michigan, he married Ada May SCHOONMAKER, born ca 1886 (no date) in Perham, Otter Tail, Minnesota. She was a graduate of Minnesota State Normal College. She is mentioned in 21 Jun 1905 census, parents Abraham and [sic?]Ursla MOREY SCHOONMAKER. Abraham was previously married to Mary WEBSTER. In the 1920 census, she is 34 yo and living in Douglas County, Neraska (Omaha is county seat). She is not in the 1930 census. (Ada and Lee marriage certificate in Becker County, #E-0097)
Lee and Ada lived in Des Moines, Polk Iowa where he worked for the Home Insurance Co. of New York, Scottish Union, and National Fire Insurance Assoc of Philadelphia. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge inDes Moines.
He died 26 Jan 1928 in Davenport and is buried in Oakdale. They had no children.
4. Roy Edwin born 16 Apr 1879 in Davenport where he attended public schools. He worked with his father in the real estate and insurance business. In 1902 he moved to Chicago where he worked in the Fireman's Fund Insurance Co. map department.
On 23 May 1905, his body was found floating in the Chicago River. The Davenport Democrat reported 'no theory as the the manner of the young man's death can be advanced. The probability of self-destruction is decidedly slight and can almost be disregarded. The two remaining theories are accident or assault, and nothing can be said in regard to either until after the coroner's inquest in Chicago'. He was buried in Oakdale. He did not marry.