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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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ILES: Mary Louise, m. Wm. GANSERT owner of GANSERT Candy Company - one of largest in Midwest (US)

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]

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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
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.
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.

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BAWDEN: George Washington, 7th child of Stephen and Mary TERRILL m. Jennie ELDRIDGE, has 3 "BAWDEN Brothers", alderman, mayor candidate, active in local corporations

George was born 9 May 1859 in Norristown, Montgomery, Pennsylvania, where his father emigrated to run his mining manufacturing business, Sawanee Mining. The family moved to Rockingham Township, Scott, Iowa in Sept. 1860, where Stephen's first land purchase is dated 1 Sept. 1860.

He attended Davenport public schools and graduated from the University of Iowa Law School in 1880 (Iowa City, Johnson, Iowa]. After the death of his father in 1881, George and his mother, Jennie ELDRIDGE BAWDEN moved to Davenport to live with George's sibling, widowed Mary BAWDEN ILES at 614 E. 13th St. (still stands).

George joined the law firm of Judge GRANT. Later he joined C. A. FICKE for 2 years.

On 14 Mar 1885, George married 19-year-old Jennie in her family home at 1530 Farnam. Jennie was born 15 July 1865 on the outskirts of Davenport on a Jersey Ridge Rd. fruit farm where all 9 children were born. She was the dtr of Jacob MULLEN and Mary HIGH WILLIAMS ELDRIDGE, early settlers of Davenport.

For the next 12 years, the BAWDENs made there home in Muscatine, Muscatine, Iowa where George practiced law with Allen BROOMHALL. In 1886 he became vice president of the Iowa Mortgage Co., of which uncle J.B. PHELPS was president.

In 1895 George returned to Davenport to form a partnership with Julius LISCHER. Nephew Stephen PHELPS BAWDEN joined the firm after 1895 graduation from University of Iowa Law School. In 1901 Fred W. NEAL joined the firm which dissolved in 1902 at LISCHER's death. George next formed the firm of BAWDEN and THUENEN. Henry THUENEN became junior partner.

Also in 1895, Jennie's father gave George and Jennie 80 ft. of land on Kirkwood Boulevard to build a 511 Kirkwood Blvd.

George was an active member of the Republican Party and was prominent in Davenport politics. He was elected to 2 terms as 5th ward alderman (he declined a 3rd term, as well as the nomination for mayoral candidate). He was vice president and counsel for the Iowa and Illinois Railroad at the time of the building of the interurban line between Davenport and Clinton, Iowa. In 1902, GEorge became a stockholder and president of the Times Corporation which published the Daily Times newspaper under teh direction of E. P. (Phil) ADLER
George was Chancellor Commander of the Knights of Pythias and a member of the Davenport Turner Society.

He suffered from diabetes. In the Spring of 1905, he went to Excelsior Springs, Lafayette, Missouri to regain health where he died 23 March 1905 (see obit blog) at age 46. AFter George's death, Jennie and their 3 sons, Albert Ralph (A.R.), George Ray (Ray) and Harry ELDRIDGE lived in this home until 1911. They later lived at 1203 E. Second Avenue (9th St.) with Jennie's nephew's wife, Edna BAWDEN, (Stephen Douglas). Jennie lived there until 1928.

Jennie died 1 April 1959 in the DAvenport home of her daughter-in-law, AR's wife, Margaret Theresa HART BAWDEN ("Tess} at 29 Edgehill Terrace. Jennie was a member of the First Presbyterian Church at Kirkwood and Iowa [mother Mary was the first of this family to join]. Jennie and the boys rented pew #32 for 25 cents over and above the weekly tithing. She servied 2 terms as president of the Ladie's Society. Both she and George are buried in Davenport's Oakdale Cemetery with her parents.

Their 3 sons, all born in Muscatine, Muscatine, Iowa (seperate blogs for each)
1. Albert Ralph "A.R." born 6 Aug 1886
2. George Ray "Ray" born 27 Nov 1890
3. Harry ELDRIDGE born 8 Sept 1894

BAWDEN: Thomas John, platted Bawden Addition, named 3 streets after his dtrs, marries hotel proprietor dtr, Anna "Annie" BENTON

Thomas John was born 10 Feb 1855 in Norristown, Montgomery, Pennsylvania, where father Stephen set up mining manufacturing business, Sawanee Mining, for 10 years. Thomas was the son and 6th child of Stephen and Mary TERRILL BAWDEN. Thomas came to Rockingham, Scott, Iowa at the age of 4 years. He attended rural schools and on 5 May 1879, he married Anna BENTON in Davenport.

She was born 26 Mar 1858 in Davenport, dtr of Richard and Margaret PENNYPACKER HIGH BENTON. Richard came to Davenport in 1847 and was proprietor of the Scott Hotel, located at First [River Drive] and Harrison Streets.

Thomas lived at Valley Place Farm for over 54 years. He first farmed with his father, and then as his parents died and as the town grew around the homestead, he platted the BAWDEN Addition in 1895 [still in county plat books and used today in descriptions], naming 3 streets after his daughters: Elsie Avenue, Minnie Avenue and Ada Avenue. Ada Ave. no longer exists and is now Johnson Avenue, a short path to the river. Thomas founded the Valley Place Investment Co. in which the children of Stephen BAWDEN participated in the sale of the original farm land from Concord Ave. south to Rockingham and down to the river at OFFERMAN's Island, now Credit Island, a city park, where French traders plied their business with Native Americans.

Thomas built his family home at 3215 Rockingham Road in 1893. He died there on 14 Jan 1914; Anna died there 29 Nov 1933.

1. Elsie born 29 Jun 1881 in Davenport, Scott, Iowa. After her mother's death, she kept house for her father and sister. She did not marry. She was a life-long member of the Methodist Church and served for many years as Secretary of the Scott County Methodist Sunday School Assoc. She lived in the family home with her sisters until her death 24 Jan 1977.
2. Minnie born 9 Nov 1884 in Davenport. She married 20 Jun 1907, Carl S. FINNE in the family home. He was born 13 Jan 1885 in Sloane, Woodbury, Iowa. At their marriage, he was employed as a shoe salesman of the Boston Store, (forerunner to Petersen-Harned-Von Maur department store at 2nd and Main).
Carl and Minnie lived on Rockingham Rd and Minnie Ave, where he died 24 Jul 1957. Minie died 18 Jan 1958 and is buried with her husband in Davenport's Oakdale Cemetery with her parents. They had no children. They were active members of St. Johns Methodist Church.
3. Ada born 17 Feb 1889 in Davenport and was active all her life in music circles. She was employed as an agent by the Artist Representative Assoc for 41 years and the SCHMIDT Music Company for 17 years. She was a performing pianist as well as choir director and organist for several Methodist churches.
She died 27 Dec 1981, alert in mind, still active as a talent booking agent, and residing in the Rockingham Road home where she and her family lived for almost 100 years.

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BAWDEN: Stephen marries Lucretia MATTHEWS, a previous generation to Stephen...

BAWDEN: Stephen marries Lucretia MATTHEWS, a previous generation to Stephen & Elizabeth GILBERT
Query by Bawden4
Stephen (nmn) BAWDEN, a generation or two back from 1791 Stephen, married Lucretia MATTHEWS 14 Oct 1754 in Perranuthnoe, witnessed by her parents. Lucretia was born 5 Aug 1732 dtr of Jas and Miriam (maiden?) MATTHEWS.

They had all in Perranuthnoe:
Stephen ch 19 May 1755
Elizabeth ch 5 Nov 1756 d. (no date) 1768
Jane ch 16 Apr 1759
Miriam ch 24 May 1761,
Anne ch 12 Jun 1763
William ch 1 Mar 1767
Elizabeth ch 8 Jan 1769
Mary ch 9 Jun 1771

I would love information on 1755 Stephen because I'm missing a generation. Any information from Truro on any of these family members would be appreciated.
Thank you gene angel.

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