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Joseph M. Eldridge
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Birth: Oct. 9, 1889
Davenport
Scott County
Iowa, USA
Death: Dec. 4, 1918
Madison
Dane County
Wisconsin, USA

Son of Dr. Elizabeth Eldridge & Dr. Reuben F. Eldridge, born in Davenport, Scott, IA.
His mother moved to Ames, Story, IA where she lived for 20 years before her death of diabetes on 2 Sept 1923.
Elizabeth Eldridge, dtr of Jacob Mullen and Mary High Williams Eldridge was born on a Jersey Ridge Road fruit farm in Davenport, Scott, IA the oldest of 9 children.
She graduated from Davenport High School and attended four years of medical school.
Dr Elizabeth "Lizzie" Eldridge married on 4 Dec 1871 William I. Joy in her family home at 1530 Kirkwood Blvd (sw corner Farnam and Kirkwood). They were divorced because the 1880 census lists Dr. Lizzie living with her parents.
They had 2 boys: Roy b 1873 and died 17 Feb 1875 in Valley City (Pleasant Valley, Scott, IA), and Maynard b Jul 1874 both in Davenport. Maynard was living in NYC at his mother's death.
About 1882, Dr. Elizabeth married Dr. Reuben F. Eldridge b Mar 1858 in PA, son of Joseph G (b 1825) and Lucinda Arnold Eldridge, according to family, Reuben and Lizzie were not related.
The family moved to Dawson, Dallas, IA, a small railroad town west of Des Moines. Reuben successfully practiced medicine, operated a brick mfg co and leader of Dawson Coronet Band. He would not allow his wife to practice as a doctor because her training did not agree with his medical philosophy. They had 4 children: Madge, Joseph M, Waldo E. and Minnie.
They were divorced sometime before 1910. She was a member of the Christian Science Church and is buried in Ames Municipal Cemetery with son Joseph.
By 1917, Reuben had married Sarah Alma Cummings, a registered nurse. She was born in 1877 and died 15 May 1964 in Britt, Story, IA. (no burial info)
Reuben died in an auto accident north of Adel, Dallas, IA on 3 Jan 1926. He is buried with his parents and Sarah in Perry, Dallas, IA Violet Hill Cemetery.
Joseph M. Eldridge graduated from Iowa State University in Ames with a degree in chemistry.
During WWI, he worked in Madison, Dane, WI as a chemist for the Dept of War in the chemical warfare service.
He died of pneumonia in Madison several weeks before he was to marry Miss Laura Jones, an instructor at the University.
Joseph was a member of the Christian Science Church. 
 
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 Parents:
  Reuben F. Eldridge (1858 - 1926)
  Elizabeth Eldridge Joy/Eldridge (1852 - 1923)
 
 Siblings:
  Roy or Ray Joy (1873 - 1875)**
  Maynard Tracy Joy (1874 - ____)**
  Joseph M. Eldridge (1889 - 1918)
  Waldo E. Eldridge (1891 - 1965)*
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Ames Municipal Cemetery
Ames
Story County
Iowa, USA
Plot: Eldridge, Joseph M.
 
Created by: Carol
Record added: Jun 24, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 27802422
Joseph M. Eldridge
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Joseph M. Eldridge
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