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 Duncan Challen “Chal” Eldridge

Duncan Challen “Chal” Eldridge

Birth
Davenport, Scott County, Iowa, USA
Death 6 Feb 1951 (aged 82)
Davenport, Scott County, Iowa, USA
Burial Davenport, Scott County, Iowa, USA
Plot #17471 Eldridge, Duncan Challen Pub Maus SWC-L
Memorial ID 27763249 · View Source
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82yo, widower, pneumonia, interred 10 Feb 1951
Duncan Challen Eldridge was born in Davenport, son of Micajah and Margaret Berry Eldridge, named for his father and the pastor who married his parents 3 yrs before. He attended Davenport schools, worked at age 17 blueing guns at the Rock Island Arsenal, his employer through 3 wars.
He left for other employment but returned to the Arsenal in 1898 during the Spanish American War. During WWI, he ws in charge of all clocks on the Island, and each day synchronized and wound by hand more than 200 time pieces.
"Chal' became known as one of the most expert clock repairmen in America, maintaining railroad clocks all over the country including the large clock in the tower at the LaSalle Street Station in Chicago.
During WWII he returned to the Arsenal as a machine gun spring inspector. He had served the US government more than 30 years at his retirement.
He married Annette Hutchinson on 4 Apr 1901 in Davenport by the minister of the Christian Church. She was the dtr of Joseph and Elizabeth Walker Hutchinson. She died of coronary occlusion and was interred 23 Jul 1949.
Duncan was active in the Masons, Presbyterian Church, and National Council of Presbyterian Men.
They had only a dtr, Ethel.


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  • Created by: Carol
  • Added: 23 Jun 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 27763249
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Duncan Challen “Chal” Eldridge (21 May 1868–6 Feb 1951), Find A Grave Memorial no. 27763249, citing Oakdale Memorial Gardens, Davenport, Scott County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by Carol (contributor 47303245) .