Bio: Jordan, Elbridge G. (1914)


Surnames: Jordan, Brown, Colloton, Brennan, Gilpatrick, Thompson, Crowley, Peterson 

----Source: History of Eau Claire County, Wisconsin (1914) pages 749-750 

Elbridge G. Jordan, for eight successive years justice of the peace in Eau Claire, was born in Freeport, Cumberland county, Maine, July 26, 1841, a son of William and Mary (Brown) Jordan, both natives of the state of Maine. He was reared to manhood and educated in the common schools of his home state and served three years’ apprenticeship at the blacksmith trade at Sangersville, Maine. At the breaking out of the Civil War he enlisted as a private in Company L, First Maine cavalry, and served as veterinary horseshoer, and after five months' service was taken from the army by his father. On July 22, 1862, he re-enlisted as a private in Company B, 1st Maine heavy artillery, was promoted to corporal in 1864, and on May 9 of the same year was transferred to the navy as ordinary seaman on the gunboat "Pontiac," and after a service of three years he was honorably discharged June 3, 1865. On April 16, 1866, he arrived at Eau Claire, where he has since resided. He worked at his trade as a journeyman until 1868 and then embarked in business for himself, in which he continued until 1901, since which time he has worked off and on at the carpenter and painting business. 

On September 9, 1866, he married Miss Kate, daughter of Thomas and Mary (Colloton) Brennan, natives of Ireland, who came to the United States in 1854 and to Eau Claire county in 1861, settling on a farm in the town of Union. By this marriage there were nine children, viz.: William T.; Hattie M., deceased wife of Harry Gilpatrick; Maude, wife of William Thompson; Ida, wife of Samuel Crowley; Charles E., Arthur C.; Pearl C., wife of Levi Peterson; George and Elbridge C. Mrs. Jordan is a member of the Baptist Church and the Ladies of the G. A. K., Circle No. 24, Colonel Bartlett Post. Mr. Jordan is a member of Eagle Post, No. 52, G. A. R., of which he was commander – in 1912. He has served as justice of the peace since 1905 and in the spring of 1913 was re-elected for a term of two years, In politics he is a Democrat.





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