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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

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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.

ASHER: Charles William m. Martha NITSCHMANN / NITCHMAN; they enjoy hospitality / restaurant work together

Charles William was born 23 June 1889 in Missouri (no location), middle child of Lewis Micajah and Agnes NOBLE. He returned to Davenport with mother Agnes who filed for divorce for Lewis' dissertion. Charles attended public schools until age 17 when he began working for the Arthur J. WILEY Grocery Store as a clerk.

Charles married Martha NITSCHMANN on 3 June 1913 in Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota. Martha was the dtr of Herman August and Wilhelmina GREUSCH NITSCHMANN, born 15 Apr 1893 in Elgin, Kane, Illinois. At age 20, Martha went to Sioux Falls to work at the Sherman Hotel where she met Charles ASHER.

The ASHERS returned to Davenport where Charles worked as a waiter in the Hill Cafe until 1915. They moved to Michigan where they owned restaurants in several cities in the Detroit area.

During WWII, Charles worked for the Ford Motor Company in the bomber plant at Ypsilanti, Michigan in the executive dining room. After the war, he transferred to the Ford Rouge Plant executive dining room at Dearborn, Michigan where he was employed until his retirement in 1954.

The ASHERS also owned a small hotel in Wayne, Michigan for several years. They were members of the Methodist church. They had 6 children.

Charles died 1 Nov 1958 in Green Bay, Brown, Wisconsin while watching his grandson play football. Martha died 12 May 1975 at Garden City, Wayne, Michigan. They are buried in Roseland Park Cemetery at Berkley, Oakland, Michigan.

1. Charles William, Jr. born 2 Jun 1918 in Washington, D.C.
2. Robert Burdette born 13 Aug 1919 in Highland Park, Michigan
3. LeRoy Lewis born 22 Nov 1921 in Detroit, Michigan
4. Daughter, born 18 Feb 1923 in Detroit, buried 20 Feb 1923 in Evergreen Cemetery, Detroit, Michigan
5. Twin sons, born prematurely after 1923, died at birth
6. Howard Henry born 22 Apr 1926 in Fordson, Michigan.

Information given by Mrs. Willadene STOLDT ASHER of Garden City, Michigan, Dec 1985

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ASHER: Gertrude May, dtr of that scoundrel Lewis Micajah and wife Agnes NOBLE

Gertrude May ASHER was born 26 Mar 1887 in Davenport, Scott, Iowa. She attended Davenport public schools and worked as a bookkeeper for the Arthur J. WILEY grocery store on Brady St.

She married Frederick Bird COX of East Moline, Rock Island, Illinois on 25 Nov 1910 in her mother and stepfather's home on East Locust St. in Davenport. (Agnes divorced Lewis for dissertion and married Fayette M. JONES). Frederick was born 26 Nov 1883 in Jasper County, Iowa (no city) son of Jason J. and Hattie ARCULARINS COX. He worked on the railroad. After their marriage, they lived in Moline, Rock Island, Illinois.

She and Frederick seperated in about 1922 (no date). Gertie worked as a clerk or salesperson for various Davenport and Rock Island businesses.

She died from cancer 2 Oct 1932 in Davenport and is buried in Oakdale Memorial Gardens in Davenport. She was a member of St. John's Methodist Church. They had 2 sons:

In the 1930 federal census, J. Reed and dad Fred lived at 1522 15th St. Moline, Illinois.

1. Robert Burdette COX b 10 Sept 1911 in Moline, Rock Island, Ilinois, d 10 Jan 1998 in Carson, Los Angeles, California
2. Jason Reed COX b 14 May 1914 in Moline, Illinois. 1920 and 1930 census as J. Reed Cox d. 28 Mar 1995 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California.

References are on page 81, rather than 61 - typo.

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ASHER: Irad Lewis, son of that scoundrel Lewis Micajah ASHER and wife Agnes NOBLE

Irad was born 28 Dec 1891 in Waukesha, Waukesha, Wisconsin. Agnes brought Irad to Davenport as an infant and he attended Davenport schools. Irad worked at various labor jobs while living in his mother's home.

On 24 Aug 1918 in St. John's Methodist Church at Davenport, Irad married Flora Martha BLANKENFELD of Geneseo, Henry, Illinois. Flora was the dtr of August and Albertina GLAWE BLANKENFELD, born 4 Feb 1896 on a farm near Geneseo.

At various tmes the family lived in Davenport and Geneseo. In 1946, when the family was living at Davenport, Flora and her daughter moved permanently to Geneseo; Irad remained in Davenport where he helped care for his mother Agnes, who was blind. Flora BLANKENFELD ASHER died 8 Dec 1958 in Geneseo, Illinois; Irad ASHER died 29 Sept 1966 in Geneseo. They are buried on the BLANKENFELD lot in North Cemetery in Geneseo.

They had 2 dtrs:
May Elizabeth born 21 Sept 1919 in Geneseo died when she was a freshman (9th grade) in Geneseo High School of pneumonia on 15 Oct 1934 and is buried in North Cemetery.
Marian Louise born 29 Oct 1929 in Davenport. (see blog page)

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ELDRIDGE: Frank Wallace, 4th child of Jacob MULLEN and Mary HIGH WILLIAMS, carpenter, farmer, mail carrier

Frank Wallace ELDRIDGE was born 29 July 1858 in Davenport, Scott, Iowa on the Jersey Ridge Rd. fruit farm. Jacob declared bankruptcy on the failing business and moved the family to Davenport where he built a house on the southwest corner of Farnam and Kirkwood Blvd.

A great-nephew, Bernard G. GLASPELL recalls Frank ran away from home and came west to North Dakota and Nebraska. He and a friend were driving a team of oxen to Colorado when they were caught in a blizzard and almost froze to death. The skin on Frank's arms, legs and face was disfigured.

Frank returned to Davenport and married Louella A. ALLEN on 11 Nov 1878 in Pleasant Valley, Scott, Iowa. She was born 13 Aug 1860 dtr of William and Martha S. ALLEN of Pleasant Valley, where Louella was educated in the old red bruck one-room school.

Frank and Louella purchased land near older sister Kate and husband Samuel LYTER GLASPELL, in Newbury, Stutsman, North Dakota where they farmed for 2 summers before returning to Davenport to stay. Frank worked as a carpenter at the Rock Island Arsenal until 1890, when he became a mail carrier for the Davenport Post Office, a position he maintained until 1912.

After Frank retired, he and Louella moved to California where they lived for some years. They moved to Omaha, Douglas, Nebraska, to live with dtr Maude/Maud. After Maude's death in 1936, they lived with their oldest dtr, Mable in Mason City, Iowa.

Louella ALLEN ELDRIDGE died 19 May 1941 in Davenport, Scott, Iowa while visiting her family. Frank died 2 Mar 1942 of diabetes in Mason City. They were members of Edwards Congregational Church in Davenport and are buried in Davenport's Oakdale Cemetery.

Their 3 children were:
1. Mabel born 1879 (no date) in Newbury, Stutsman, ND, married Ernest L. ADE, son of Joseph and Sophia PHILLIPS ADE, 8 June 1904 by a Baptist minister in her family home at 1225 Perry St. (still exists) in Davenport.
Ernest was born 1878 (no date) in Maquoketa, Cedar Iowa and was employed as a bookkeeper by the G. S. Johnson Flour Co. in Davenport before moving to Mason City, Cerro Gordo, Iowa in 1913. He died there 16 Apr 1942. Mabel died there 6 Aug 1946. They had no children. Both are buried in the ADE lot in Oakdale Cemetery.
2. Maude/Maud born 16 Sept 1882 in Pleasant Velley, Scott, Iowa. She married Charles Alfred BROWN in the family home on 16 Aug 1905 by a minister of the Christian Church. Charles was the son of Samuel MILLS and Rosetta (Rose in 1880 ceusns) NEVIN MORRIS BROWN). [Charles' youngest sibling, Morse/Morris NEVIN BROWN, b 28 Dec 1881 in Richland, Kalamazoo, Michigan married Mae Ella BAWDEN, dtr of Dr. Henry Lightbourne and Bella ANGEL BAWDEN]
Charles was born 19 July 1870 in Richland, Kalamazoo, Michigan. He was a CPA with Anaconda Mining Co. In Anaconda, Deer-Lodge, Montana when they were married. Charles died 1 Aug 1962 probably in Omaha, Nebraska (SSDI says only Nebraska) Maude died 11 Jan 1936 in Omaha, Douglas, Nebraska and is buried in Oakdale Memorial Gardens in Davenport. They had no children.
3. Lura born July 1884 (no date in Davenport. She died 6 Dec 1884 of thrush and is buried with her grandparents, Wm and Marths S. ALLEN in Oakdale.

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ELDRIDGE: Kate, dtr of Jacob MULLEN and Mary HIGH WILLIAMS, marries Circuit Judge Samuel LYTER GLASPELL of Davenport, Scott, Iowa

Katherine, Katty, Kat, Kate ELDRIDGE was the third of nine children born 9 Mar 1855 in Davenport on the Jersey Ridge fruit farm. Jacob declared bankruptcy from the failing farm and moved his family, Mary and all 9 children into Davenport where it would be easier for the children to get to school. He built a house at the southwest corner of Farnam and Kirkwood Blvd.

Kate graduated form Davenport High School in 1874 (7th and Iowa Sts), and for 2 years she worked for her father in his real estate office. On 2 Aug 1876, Kate married Samuel LYTER GLASPELL in her family home.

Samuel was born in Davenport, 17 Jan 1852 to Isaac STANTHAN and Melisa Elizabeth LYTER GLASPELL. Isaac GLASPELL came to Davenport with his father, James, in 1839 from Cincinnati, Ohio. James and Duncan ELDRIDGE were founders of the Christian Church in Davenport. River town Cincinnati was already a bustling city and Davenport store owners would make supply trips to Cincinnati.

During the Civil War (1860-64), Samuel who was very young, attempted to go off to war as a drummer boy. His father discovered him marching down 2nd St. in a parade of enlistees and abruptly ended his military career.

He practiced law in Davenport after graduating from the University of Iowa Law School in Iowa City in 1874. However, his health was poor and doctors prescribed farm life. Kate, Samuel and baby Eula/Eulie/Eulalia GLASPELL born 12 Jun 1877 in Davenport, moved by train in 1879 to Wheatland, near Casselton, Dakota Territory.

Jamestown newspaper 4 Jan 1946: "They rented land and put in a crop. Later that year, J. M. ELDRIDGE, the father of Mrs. GLASPELL, joined them and coming farther west they bought several sections which they called Davenport Farms. The Northern Pacific official from whom they purchased the land named the station ELDRIDGE after Mrs. GLASPELL's father.

The first summer they lived in tents and boarded the carpenters and farm hands. Buildings were erected and considerable land broken. That winter was spent in Davenport. The following Spring they returned to ELDRIDGE and put in a large acreage of wheat, now owing to grasshoppers, the crop was a failure."

Samuel GLASPELL's health improved and the family moved to Jamestown, Stutsman, North Dakota, where he returned to his law practice. He was a member of the Dakota Territorial Council, the first prosecuting attorney of Stutsman County, and elected Judge of the North Dakota Fifth Judicial District in 1896, which he held for 8 years. He was a member of the Masonic Order.

Kate was a State Regent for the Daughters of the American Revolution (member #146933), she sang in the Presbyterian choir and was a member of the Music Club. She write several books, "The Life of a Woman", Traveling in Europe" and "Incidents in the Life of a Pioneer" where she describes her visit with President Benjamin HARRISON. (see blog page - excerpts from Incidents)

She became a member of the Christian Science Church in Jamestown, as did dtr Eula/Eulie/Eulalia. Mary BAKER EDDY, founder of Christian Science philosophy, frequently visited Eddy relatives in the Jamestown area and was a friend of Kate GLASPELL.

Samuel died 24 May 1909; Kate died 3 Jan 1946, both in Jamestown. Their bodies were brought to Davenport for burial in Oakdale Memorial Gardens.

Their 3 children were:
1. Eula/Eulie/Eulalia born 12 June 1877 in Davenport (see blog page)
2. Donald born 24 Jan 1882 in Jamestown, North Dakota where he attended Jamestown schools. He lived in Los Angeles, California, where he worked as a salesman. He did not marry. On 5 June 1969, he died there and is buried in Valhalla Cemetery.
3. Bernard born 3 Jan 1886 in Jamestown (see blog page)

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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
A VISIT TO WASHINGTON
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.