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Does anyone at The Eldridge know whether there are any descendants of Col. Shalor Eldridge living in Lawrence?

Patti McCormick, director of community and public relations for the hotel, said hotel leaders have not yet been able to find any descendants of Col. Eldridge, the hotel’s namesake. But she said hotel leaders have done some research. According to “A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans” by William E. Connelley, Col. Eldridge had seven children, some of whom married into other prominent Lawrence families. They included: Mary S. Eldridge, who married Col. Oscar E. Learnard, and Alice Eldridge, who married William B. Learnard, and Josephine P. Eldridge, who married the Rev. F.M. Ellis.

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