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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By 1860, Davenport's population had grown to 20,000.
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ELDRIDGE: Duncan CAMPBELL, wife Rebecca LIPPINCOTT and 5-yr-old son Charles Henry raft from Cincinnati to Iowa

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ELDRIDGE: Joseph H. and Nellie FOOTE ELDRIDGE's 3 children: Harry W., Anna FOOTE, and Willard B.

They were all born in Davenport, Scott, Iowa.
1. Harry W. (middle name unk), born 5 May 1859, attended public schools and Davenport's Griswold College, for men only. He married Nancy A. WHEELOCK on 19 Sept 1888 in Rock Island, Rock Island, Illinois. She was born 20 Sept 1866 in Moline, Rock Island, Illinois, dtr of Alonzo and Mary (maiden?) WHEELOCK. Harry worked briefly with his father, Joseph H., in the livery company, but most of his life was spent as a foreman or manager of various livery business in Davenport, and as a teamster for American Express. The last 14 years before his death, he worked as a salesman and/or attendant for the Pennslvania Oil Company in Davenport.

Harry was a member of the Moose and Woodman of the World. He died of sclerosis 23 July 1934. Nancy died at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City, Johnson, Iowa of broncho pneumonia. on 21 Oct 1943. Both are buried in Davenport's Oakdale Cemetery. They had no children

2. Anna FOOTE born ca 1865 (no date) and married Enoch Arthur Wood on 16 April 1890 in Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Davenport. Enoch was the son of Jeremiah and Lydia SMITH WOOD and he was born (no date) in Rock Island, Illinois. Enoch worked as a clerk in Tacoma, Washington at their marriage.

Anna and Enoch were living in New Orleans in 1925 when her younger brother Willard died. In 1933, Anna returned to Davenport as a widow (no death date for ENOCH) and lived with brother Harry until his death in 1934. It is not known when she died, and according to her niece, she and Enoch had no children.

3. Willard B. (middle name unk) was born 20 Dec 1877, worked with his father as a hostler (groom and care for horses). After his father's death, he continued to work as a teamster for various Davenport companies.

On 1 Apr 1901, Willard and Anna HEPNER were married by a Justice of the Peace in Davenport. She was born ca 1876 in Davenport (no date), dtr of Henry and Louise SCHROEDER HEPNER. No marriage disposition known.

About 1905, Willard married Mary Anna COOLBAUGH of Burlington, Des Moines, Iowa.

In the 1910 Iowa Federal Census, Willard and Mary Anna were enumerated in Davenport along with Alice, age 13, whose relationship to Willard is given as stepdaughter. (Alice might have been Mary Anna's dtr by a previous marriage).

According to Alice, she was discovered in 1897 as an infant under the seat of a railroad car with a laudaman-filled nipple in her mouth. Alice married David HARTER of Davenport (no BMD), and moved with her mother to Waterloo, Iowa after the death of her father.

In 1927 there appeared a notice in the Davenport Democrat seeking the whereabouts of the baby left under the seat of the train in 1897. The article instructed Alice to contact Mayor RODDEWIG of Davenport who directed her to a Mr. BEEKMAN in Petersburg, Menard, Illinois. According to Alice ELDRIDGE HARTER, she visited Mr. BEEKMAN and corresponded with him for many years, however, the relationship was not made known to her. She is presently married to Leonard HAMILTON and is living in Davenport (1986). I don't have access to SSDI now that Ancestry owns it.

Willard died 31 Oct 1925 at age 47 of a stroke and is buried in davenport's Oakdale Cemetery. Willard and Mary attended Trinity Episcopal Cathedral.

The Davenport City Directories list Mary ELDRIDGE as working in the Ozark Cafe as a cook in 1928. After that, her name is no longer found in other Scott County records.

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ELDRIDGE: Joseph H. marries Ellen E. "Nellie" FOOTE from Upcern, Dorcet, England

Joseph H. (middle name?) ELDRIDGE was the son of John M. and Mary Ann ADAMS ELDRIDGE, born in 1834 (no date) in Gloucester County, New Jersey. He moved to Davenport with his family as a 5-year-old and attended public schools.

He married "Nellie" on 11 Feb 1858 in Davenport. She was born 2 Feb 1839 and came with her family to Davenport, Scott, Iowa in 1854. (no bio info) The couple farmed on Jersey Ridge Road in Davenport, near his father. They had 3 children.

In 1867, Joseph and his brothers, Theodore and Bowman, formed a "bakery, confectionery, restaurant, ice cream soda and oyster saloon". on the corner of 3rd and Perry Streets (razed for the Blackhawk Hotel). The brothers successfully operated the business until teir father died in 1892. The partnership dissolved and Joseph began the Joe Eldridge and Son Livery Co. on E. 3rd St. which he operated until his death. The automobile made its first appearance in 1892. The family home was at 120 W. 6th St. in Davenport.

Joseph died 26 Sept 1907, Ellen died 9 May 1920, both were members of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral and are buried in Oakdale Cemetery in Davenport.

ELDRIDGE: Micajah LIPPINCOTT ELDRIDGE, the youngest of Duncan CAMPBELL and Rebecca LIPPINCOTT ELDRIDGE

Micajah was born 22 Aug 1845 in Davenport, Scott, Iowa. He was educated in Davenport schools and began his career at age 18 in the Davenport Post Office where his brother Charles H. ELDRIDGE was Post Master, and his father Duncan, who had been Davenport's second Post Master, now served as Clerk.

In April 1864, Charles H. ELDRIDGE resigned as Post Master and began a real estate and insurance busines with Micajah, advertised in the 1873 Davenport City Directory:

"ELDRIDGE & BROS. (C.H.E. & M.L.E.) Land, real estate, insurance and collection agents; money, real estate and exchange brokers; notaries public; Abstracts of Titles made at short notice; office 38 Brady."

Micajah began a weekly newspaper, in addition to his business with Charles, in 1874 devoted to the interest of working men, the "Times". He sold the newspaper after unsuccessfully publishing it for 2 years.

About 1880, Charles retired. Micajah joined his half-brother, Jacob Mullen ELDRIDGE [this writer's lineage], in the real estate, insurance and loan business.

On 17 Oct 1865, Pastor James CHALLEN of the Christian Church, married Micajah to Magdelena (enia) L. BERRY, in Davenport. "Maggie" was born 11 Sept 1844 in Harrisburg, Dauphin, Pennsylvania. The 1850 census for Harrisburg lists "Maggie" BERRY living with her widowed mother, Sarah. (no father named). In 1860 she was living with her grandmother, Sarah LINGLE in Rock Island, Rock Island, Illinois.

Micajah and Maggie were divorced in 1893. Maggie resumed the use of her maiden name, BERRY. She died on her birthday, 11 Sept 1908 in Davenport and is buried on the ELDRIDGE lot in Oakdale Cemetery. They had 8 chidren all in Davenport.

Micajah married Hanna FOWLER EARLE on 26 Sept 1901 in Davenport's Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. Hannah was born 3 Apr 1839 in Whitesboro, Oneida, New York to Raphael and Hannah BEJORD FOWLER and came to Davenport with her family in 1857. She married George B. EARLE, a grain dealer, in 1858 (no date) in Davenport.

Micajah and Hanna lived in her home, called "Chattaqua Point", along the river on 8th St. in BEttendorf, Scott, Iowa. Hanna EARLE ELDRIDGE died in her home 28 Mar 1912, and was buried in Oakdale with her first husband and daughter, Mrs. Stella M. BRADDON.

Micajah died 17 Aug 1925 in Davenort. His body was cremated (ashes where?) and a cenotaph (boulder) was placed in his memory in Oakdale.

Children:
Duncan CHALLEN b 21 May 1868 (seperate page)
Sadie Rebecca b 1870 (no date), she died of diptheria on 26 Mar 1891 and is buried in Oakdale
James L. (Lippincott?) b 24 May 1872 and died 5 Aug 1872 at 2 mo. of thrush and is buried in Oakdale.
Anna B (Berry?) born Jan 1873 (no date). She was mentioned in her father's obit as Dr. Annie E. BURNS, wife of Dr. William BURNS, of Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut.
Wallace born 12 Jun 1874 and died at age 1 mo. of cholera 17 Jul 1874
William B (Berry?) born 1877 (no date). He was mentioned in his father's obit as Dr. W. B. ELDRIDGE of Olean, Cattaraugus, New York. His wife was Mary K. (maiden?) ELDRIDGE. (no bio info)
Mary, called "Mae" born 1879 (no date), married Robert E. MOORE, 30 Sept 1903 in Battle Creek, Calhoun, Michigan. Mae was a nurse at the Battle Creek Sanitarium, her husband was a clerk there. She was mentioned in her father's obit as Mrs. Mae MOORE FILES, wife of Jrank Judson FILES of Madison, Somerset, Maine. They were married 12 Jul 1924 in Madison.
S. Benjamin (S ?) b March 1881 (no date). He was mentioned in his father's obit as S.B. ELDRIDGE of Houston, Harris, Texas. His wife's name was Loretta P. ELDRIDGE (no maiden).

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ELDRIDGE: Emily ELDRIDGE PARKER SMART - 2 Marriages

Emily H. (this could have been a transcriber error for M, or it could have been a previous maternal name) was the daughter of John M. and Mary Ann ADAMS ELDRIDGE, born 1836 (no date) in Gloucester County, New Jersey.

On 7 Nov 1855 in Davenport, Scott, Iowa, she became the 2nd wife of Dr. Wallace William PARKER who was born at Onondaga County, New York in Jan 1818. He was trained as a printer, but not finding that trade to his liking, went to medical school and became an allopathic doctor. He married and practiced medicine for 14 years in Ohio, before he moved to Davenport after the death of his first wife, (no name).

Dr. PARKER owned a hardware store which burned to the ground in 1857 at the time of his marriage to Emily. In 1860, he began a combined medical practice and drug store which he was forced to close because of epileptic seizures. He retired to the country, 3 miles from the city limits on Jersey Ridge Road, but remained active in Davenport business affairs, serving as vicepresident of the Davenport Savings Bank, and a director of the National Insurance Company.

They had: Ida PARKER b 1857 (no date) in Davenport...nothing further is known; Anna H. PARKER born 1860 (no date) in Davenport. She died of typhoid on 2 Sept 1869 and is buried in Oakdale.

On 8 Aug 1868, at age 49, Dr. PARKER was killed in a railroad accident at Ames, Iowa. He fell under the wheels of a moving train.

He is buried in Davenport's Oakdale Cemetery on his father-in-law's lot. Buried beside him is John Earl PARKER, a son by his first marriage who was born in Ohio in 1853 and died 3 Aug 1869 in Geneseo, Henry, Illinois of typhoid.

Emily ELDRIDGE PARKER married Alexander SMART 17 Oct 1872 in Davenport and shortly thereafter left the area.

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