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ELY: Stephen Lee/Lea, son of Solomon Leander and Mary Elizabeth "Lizzie" BAWDEN, savant, Ph.D in philosophy, spends high school summer in Des Moines Round House
Excerpts following from a letter written by Stephen Lee ELY’s friend Richard W. BALLARD of Denver, Colorado - Memorial Day 1985. Richard’s father owned BALLARD Drug and Dental, on 2nd St. in Davenport where many of the BAWDENs shopped.
“He was by all current standards a true savant, but a very well-balanced one; he sight-read Latin (even Cicero) to the extent the teacher was certain he had a ‘pony’ hidden over-leaf. There was none. In spite of his mastery of just about everything with a once-over-light, he didn’t appear to be bored, or even arrogant, as some of these unfortunates are likely to be.”
[In his letter, Mr. BALLARD refers to “Stiffen Lea”. This was a nickname - Lee Ely’s father’s middle name was Leander, a name which had become humorous to school boys by 1900, and the name ‘Stiffen’ referred to an occasional overindulgence of alcohol during his high school days.]
Lea ELY was a strike-breaker or scab, of which I’m one. Summer of 1922, the Maintenance of Way Union went out nationally. They were shop and round house, and gandy dancers (section hands) but the Brotherhoods didn’t support them. Even so, their work on locomotives and cars and right-of-way was beginning to be felt by June, and we’d just graduated from DHS - pretty cocky, us! (Central High School, Davenport, Iowa).
A classmate wrote that unbelievable wages were being paid, and come on to join him. We took the night day-coach for Des Moines; even then strikers were riding the trains, looking for strike-breakers. When identified as such, they were treated roughly, even before they were employed as such. Lea and I, both using our Boy Scout packs, said we were on our way to a Boy Scout Camp, and we were allowed to go on. We got a room at the ‘Y’ opposite the Brown Hotel that night, and went to 15th & Walnut, early next morning with our Boy Scout packs. We were hired as fire-builders.
I’d spent some time at Rowland WILLIAMS father’s farm in Cordova [Illinois], where he made a living repairing Stanley Steamers, and I had a fair idea of steam engines, their care and feeding, after a few summers of doing the grunt work. Lea had absolutely not the foggiest of what it was about but he was quick to take at anything. Lea elected to work the night trick, and I the day shift, as night wasn’t very busy, and he could pick up what the job was easiest that way.
Please understand a steam locomotive is the contrariest, hardest to lubricate, expensive to maintain AND inefficient invention of modern man. That’s why they only last a hundred years - 1840 to 1940, when the railroads discovered the Diesel. The locos Des Moines Union owned never got on the main line, but were Yard Goats, so their fires had to be pulled at the end of each shift, the grates turned over, and new fires started. That was our job; hitching up a blower to the smoke box, throwing kindling (old ties) up on the deck to see if there was water in the boiler, set the brakes, toss in oily rags, and when there was a good fire, load her up with coal.
It took about 3 hours to get one ready for the job with enough steam to get out of the yard, So we had several ‘tallow pots’ at once under our car. We worked different shifts for another purpose; to guard the other guy’s belongings. There were about 45 stiffs like us doing the work of 175 union men; we didn’t do it well, but there were no breakdowns in service. Maybe some engines didn’t steam as well as they might. Unions truly do great jobs!
The food started out good, but as the strike degenerated, so did the food. About the middle of August, we got stewed raisins that were half flies, so we quit, wired our money home, and started walking; we couldn’t figure why there was no eastbound traffic. It was opening day of the State Fair! We walked as far as Altoona (about 25 miles) with no water, no food, so we slept in a school house, and each ate an apple from the teacher’s desk that night. Both Lea and I never forgave ourselves for that, but it was a life-saver. Next morning, we caught a ride clear to Davenport. Two weeks later, Lea went to Wisconsin, I went to Iowa (University of), but we were the best of friends. Last time I saw him was summer of 1926 (we’d graduated); he was sitting in a car, smoking a cigarette, a bit drunk, and explained the Fourth Dimension!
ELY: Stephen Lee/Lea, son of Solomon Leander and Mary Elizabeth "Lizzie" BAWDEN, savant, Ph.D in philosophy, m. Bertha/Berta MONTEMAYOR in Chicago, dies of cancer in Madison
Stephen Lee/Lea was born 2 Jan 1905 in Davenport, Scott, Iowa, seven mos after the death of his father. He was brought up by his mother and grandmother in the Stephen Douglas BAWDEN home on 1315 E. 11th St. in Davenport.
"Lee" is remembered by some of his Davenport school friends (no cites) as being very popular, a near genius in his studies, and able to play any tune he ever heard on the piano. He and Bix Beiderbecke attended Davenport High School at the same time, and although they were in different classes, they shared many friends. One summer during high school, Lee and Richard BALLARD worked as strike breakers in the Des Moines Union Round House doing maintenance work on the locomotives. It was a dangerous job which paid well because feelings over the strike ran high and many strike breakers, if caught coming or going from the round house were beaten and even murdered (see seperate blog story).
Lee graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Madison where he was a member of Kappa Sigma social fraternity and elected to Phi Beta Kappa national honor society. He received his Bachelors, Masters and Ph.D from Madison in philosophy where he became an associate professor. He taught at the university for 15 years, during which he wrote the controversial book "Religious Availability of Whitehead's God" and reviews and articles in that field.
In March 1945 (no date) Lee married Bertha MONTEMAYOR, (middle of 6 children: Estella, Gustavo, Berta, Roman "Rum", George, Charlie) in Chicago, Illinois (? not substantiated but listed in references). She was the dtr of Gustav Octavius and Elvira VILLAREAL MONTEMAYOR, born 15 Jun 1921 in San Antonio, Bexar, Texas. About 1926, the MONTEMAYOR family moved to Janesvillle, Rock, Wisconsin, where Gustav worked for the Parker Pen Company. Bertha attended Janesville schools and the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where she met Stephen.
Stephen Lee ELY died 7 May 1947 at Madison of cancer. He was cremated and his ashes were inurned in Madison suburb Monona's Rose Lawn Memorial Park, in a lot owned by Bertha. For 2 weeks after his death, the flag over the University was flown at half-mast in mourning for this talented and beloved teacher.
Bertha ELY married 29 Sept 1949 in Madison, Robert CRAFTON GILPIN who was studying at the university.
They moved to Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana where Bertha attended Butler University, earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in languages...teaching secondary Spanish. She taught Spanish at the private Park-Tudor School in Indianapolis. After Robert died she took up residence in Fairhope, Alabama where she married pediatricin Rollie ???.
Stephen and Bertha had only a daughter, which Robert adopted: Elizabeth MONTEMAYOR ELY, born 30 July 1945 in Madison, Dane, Wisconsin. (seperate blog).
BAWDEN: Harry ELDRIDGE, youngest of George Ray "Ray" and Jennie ELDRIDGE, Army Sgt., marries funeral home dtr, board chmn of BAWDEN Bros. Inc, lives active senior life to make others happy.
Harry was born 8 Sept 1894 in Muscatine, Muscatine, Iowa, youngest of 3 sons born to George Washington and Jennie ELDRIDGE BAWDEN. George was an attorney and was vice president of Iowa Mortgage Co. in Muscatine with Allen BROOMHALL. J.B. (John Baker) PHELPS, George's brother-in-law, was president,
The family moved back to Davenport, Scott, Iowa (parents natives) in 1895 so George could form a partnership with Julius LISCHER. Jennie's father, Jacob MULLEN ELDRIDGE, gave the couple 80 feet of land on Kirkwood Boulevard [511 Kirkwood], near her family to build a house.
Harry attended Davenport schools and the University of Iowa (Iowa City, Johnson Cnty) where he was a member of Signa Chi social fraternity. After one year in Iowa City, Harry returned to Davenport to join brothers Albert (AR) and George Ray "Ray" in the newsstand and picture postcard business in the I&I Interurban railway ticket office on Brady St.
Harry enlisted in the Army on 22 Nov 1917 at the Rock Island Arsenal. He served as Sergeant in the Special Training Ordnance Co., 2nd Regiment Training Camp, Hancock, Hancock, Georgia. Upon his return, he managed the commercial photography department of BAWDEN Bros. Inc, now at 121 E. 3rd St. (no longer exists - Kaiserslautern Square "K Square" city park named after Davenport's sister city in Germany, and restaurant Duck City replaced)
On 12 June 1926, Harry married Blanche KNOX at Short Hills Country Club in East Moline, Rock Island, Illinois. Blanche was born 18 May 1898 in Moline. Her adopted father was Luther Calvin KNOX and mother was Sarah Jane Reily (sp?) KNOX. Calvin's grandfather, Charles founded the KNOX Funeral Homes in Rock Island.
Blanche graduated from Moline High School and the National Kindergarten and Elementary College in Chicago, Cook, Illinois. She was a kindergarten teacher in the Moline schools.
The BAWDEN home at 105 Greenwood Avenue, Bettendorf, Scott, Iowa, was where Blanche was living when she died on 30 Aug 1972. Harry and Blanche had 1 child, Nancy Glee born 18 July 1927 in Davenport. "Nan" legally changed her name in high school to Nan - no Glee. (seperate blog) She died 13 Jan 1999 in Coral Breeze, Florida.
At his death, 25 Jul 1976 in Davenport, Harry was Chairman of the Board of BAWDEN Bros. Inc. He was the last of the founding brothers to die. Harry was a member of Davenport's First Presbyterian Church, The American Legion Post 26, and Rotary Club. He and Blanche are buried in the public mausoleum in Oakdale Cemetery.
He spent his last years at Ridgecrest Village in Davenport, where he brought happiness to others with his daily visit to those who were bedridden and by originating and organizing trips to local restaurants for those able to travel. He was a beloved man, always enthusiastic and cheerful, with a keen interest in the role his family played in the development of Scott County and the City of Davenport. Many references in this 1896 family gene study are attributed to his undated family history.
Family stories from Ridgecrest say Harry put Playboy magazines in the sunrooms.
BAWDEN: George Ray "Ray" gets some university education, Army Sgt, marries Viola Katherine DUVALL, has 2 sons, dies suddenly
George Ray "Ray" was born 27 November 1890 in Muscatine, Muscatine, Iowa, the middle son of 3 born to George Washington and Jennie ELDRIDGE BAWDEN of Davenport, Scott, Iowa. He attended Davenport schools and the University of Wisconsin in Madison, where he was a member of Delta Tau Delta social fraternity.
In 1912, after 2 years in Madison, Ray returned to Davenport to work with his brother Albert "AR" in the rapidly growing Davenport Postcard and Novelty Company.
On 18 June 1918, Ray enlisted in the Army, serving as a Sgt in the Quartermaster Corps; first, with Company 7 at Camp Meigs, Washington, D.C.; later with Company 11, 163 Depot Brigade at Camp Dodge, Des Moines, Iowa. AFter WWI, the three brothers - AR, Ray and Harry decided to form BAWDEN Bros, Inc. Ray was the first office mgr and bookkeeper.
Ray married Viola Katherine "Vi" DUVALL on 16 Feb 1921 in her parents' Bennett, Cedar, Iowa home. She was born 7 Apr 1895 in Beardstown, Cass, Illinois, oldest of 3 dtrs of John Frederick "Tom" and Katherine HANSMEYER/MEIER DUVALL.
After attending high school in Taylorville, Cass, Illinois, Vi came to Davenport where she lived with family friends and was employed by ABRAHAM's Ladies ready-to-wear store until her marriage.
Vi was president of Visiting Nurse Association and active in Republican Women's activities. At 90 she still able to live on her own in the home Ray built for her at the time in the Davenport boonies at 161 Forest Road.
Ray died suddenly of a heart attack 13 Apr 1954 in his home. He was president of BAWDEN Bros. Inc at his death. The family were members of the First Presbyterian Church. Ray and Vi are buried in Davenport's Oakdale Cemetery. Vi died 12 May 1987 in Davenport.
They had 2 children:
1. George Ray "Binc" BAWDEN, Jr. born 7 Mar 1924 in Davenport, this writer's father.
2. John Duvall "Tim" BAWDEN born 23 Sept 1929 in Davenport
Seperate blogs for each.
BAWDEN: Albert Ralph "A.R." marries twice, dir. Chamber of Commerce, Ruling Elder in First Presbyterian Church, pres. Rotary Club
Albert "A.R." was the oldest of 3 sons born to George Washington and Jennie ELDRIDGE BAWDEN in Muscatine, Muscatine, Iowa, where his lawyer father was president of the Iowa Mortgage Company.
In 1895 the family moved back to Davenport (parents natives) where AR graduated from Davenport [Central] High School in May 1905...two months after his father's death in March in Excelsior Springs, Missouri, of diabetes.
He began his career as a clerk with the First National Bank of Davenport until he purchased the newsstand of the I & I Interurban station at 217 Brady St. In 1908 his brother, George Ray "Ray" and in 1912, another brother Harry ELDRIDGE joined him in the business.
Albert married Mabelle/Mabel Maude BUFORD on 15 Oct 1913 in the home of her sister, George and Ella Mathilda SCHWENKER in Rock Island, Rock Island, Illinois. She was the daughter of John R., born Nov 1847 in Sweden and Mathilda OKERBERG BUFORD.
Mabelle was born 14 April 1886 in Moline, Illinois, and graduated from Moline High School. She was a member of Davenport's First Presbyterian Church, Women's Club and Ladies of the Davenport Rotary. She died 6 Nov 1940 of breast cancer and is buried in Davenport's Oakdale Cemetery public mausoleum.
On 24 May 1945, Albert married Margaret Theresa "Tess" HART in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California. She was born 26 Feb 1904 in Davenport to Leonard and Mary MULVAHILL HART, a descendant of Peter and Mary Margaret DOUGHERTY HART, who came to Davenport from Ireland with their children in 1854. Tess graduated from Smart Junior High School, formerly West Intermediate School, then from ELLIOTT FISHER Bookkeeping/Machine School in Rock Island. She was employed in the office of Davenport Locomotive works before becoming bookkeeper and cashier at BAWDEN Bros. Inc, the business her husband and 2 brothers founded from the I&I Interurban ticket office.
AR watched his business grow from a small newsstand in the interurban waiting room into a photo engraving and printing firm; he was president at his death on 1 Jan 1949.
He was director of the Davenport Chamber of Commerce and president of Davenport Rotary Club 1933-34. In 1942 he was elected to the highest layman office in the Presbyterian Church as Ruling Elder. Albert is interred in Davenport's Oakdale Cemetery public mausoleum. Tess died 12 Aug 1991 in Springfield, Sangamon, Illinois' St. John's Hospital and is buried in Davenport's Mt. Calvary Cemetery.
Tess lived in their home at 29 Edgehill Terrace in Davenport with mother-in-law Jennie ELDRIDGE BAWDEN.
AR and Mabelle had 4 children all in Davenport: Virginia Jane born 6 Aug 1915 and died 6 August 1915; Marian Jane born 12 Jan 1920 (seperate bio); Robert Albert born 2 Jan 1927 (seperate bio).
AR and Tess had 1 child in Davenport: Ralph ELDRIDGE born 13 Aug 1946 (seperate bio)
1. Ella Mathilda was born 13 Oct 1880 in Moline, she died 7 Nov 1963 in Moline. She married George SCHWENKER 25 Nov 1912.
2. Mabelle and Ella had a brother, LeRoy BUFORD, no BMD.
John and Mathilda OKERBERG were married 9 Nov 1879 in Rock Island, Illinois.
ILES: John Thomas, youngest of 3, m. Edna Ophelia MANGUN, dies in Veachland, Kentucky Old Mason's Home of cirrhosis
John Thomas ILES was born 9 Jun 1882 in Davenport, Scott, Iowa, son of Mary TERRILL BAWDEN (the dtr) and John LOWERY/LOWRY ILES. John was the son of Dr. Thomas Jefferson and Mary/Maria Louisa(e) NUCKOLS ILES.
He was living and working as a clerk for his father at the Riverside Milling Company on River Drive in Davenport until 1906, when he listed his occupation as student. In 1918 he was living with his sister Mary ILES GANSERT on 22nd St. in Rock Island, Illinois, again listing his occupation as student.
He married Edna (no date)born 24 March 1882 in Memphis Junction, Kentucky. In 1930 they were renting in Louisvile and he is a foreman. Edna was the dtr of David and Rufina (no maiden) MANGAN.
In his WWI draft record he lists his father as next-of-kin. They lived at 2728 S. 4th in Louisville.
Edna died 17 Feb 1949 of diabetes and hypertensive myocarditis.
John died 25 Feb 1951 in Veachland, Shelby Kentucky Old Mason's Home of cirrhosis of the liver and enlarged heart. Death records said he had moved there 9 mos before from Louisville. Occupation was listed as mechanic. They had no children.
Mary Louise ILES was the g-dtr of Stephen and Mary TERRILL BAWDEN, and dtr of John and Mary TERRILL BAWDEN ILES born 25 Nov 1871 in Davenport, Scott, Iowa.
She married William Louis/Lewis GANSERT, 13 May 1895 in Davenport's Trinity Episcopal Cathedral.
William was born 31 July 1865 in Rock Island, Rock Island, Illinois, son of John G. or Gustav John and Susan M. (maiden unk) GANSERT.
Until shortly after 1900, Mary and William lived in their home with her father, John ILES on E. 13th St. in Davenport; after that, the GANSERT family moved to their own home in Rock Island, Illinois.
In 1891 Wm founded the GANSERT Candy Company in Rock Island which, according to Mr. GANSERT's obit, developed into one of the largest candy factories in the Midwest (United States).
Wm died 22 Apr 1919 of Oster sarcoma in the family home at 807 22nd St in Rock Island, and is buried on the ILES-GANSERT lot in Davenport's Oakdale Cemetery.
He and his family were members of Trinity Episcopal Church in Rock Island. Mary lived in the family home on 22nd St, with her oldest child William ILES GANSERT until 1923 when she moved to Davenport.
In 1925, Mary moved to San Francisco. She died 26 May 1964 in Napa, Napa, California. (California Death Index)
They had 2 children born in Davenport:
1. William Iles Gansert born 13 Jul 1896
2. George B. Gansert born 25 Sept 1897; died 25 Apr 1898 in Davenport.
The home on 22nd St. in Rock Island is now part of the Broadway Historic Association. It was built by Paul Hamilton, a bookkeeper who worked in the downtown firm of Mitchell and Lynde. Information from the association says Mr. Gansert's wholesale firm advertised an odd combination of 'candies, tobacco, oysters and celery' at it's 18th St. store. In the 1940s, the home was converted into a duplex, though owners in recent years have reversed those changes and it is now a private family home. [Association newspaper article]
BAWDEN: Elizabeth, 1st child, William Harry, 4th child, Albert L, 8th child Stephen and Mary TERRILL BAWDEN, not part of Rockingham Twp family
1. Elizabeth born 10 Jul 1838 on Green Lane in Redruth, Cornwall, England. She died 24 Jun 1840 before the family moved to Cuba.
2. Stephen Douglas
3. Dr. Henry LIGHTBOURNE
4. William Harry born 2 Feb 1849 in England (Redruth?), died 10 April 1851 in Norristown, Montgomery, Pennsylvania before the family came to Iowa in Sept 1860.
5. Mary TERRILL
6. Thomas John
7. George Washington - this writer's lineage.
8. Albert L. (Lightbourne) born 18 July 1861 in Rockingham, Scott, Iowa, died 10 Aug 1861 and is buried with parents in Davenport's Oakdale Cemetery.