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MORRIS E. FOULKE, whose death occurred July 1, 1917, was one of the honored pioneer exponents of civic and material development and progress in the Rialto district of San Bernardino County, and was a citizen whose sterling character and worthy achievement entitle him to special tribute in this history.

Mr. Foulke was born at Chesterfield, Ohio, February 27, 1850, and was reared to manhood in the old Buckeye State, where he received good educational advantages; as is indicated by the fact that he became when a young man a successful teacher in the schools of Ohio. He finally migrated to Iowa and taught school, and later he removed to Kansas, where he continued his active alliance with agricultural industry. At Garnette, that state, in 1877, was solemnized his marriage with Miss Anzanetta Miles, who was born at West Branch, Ohio, November 23, 1851, and who survived him by about four years, she having met a tragic death on the 13th of November, 1921, when, in crossing the highway near her home at Rialto, she was struck by an automobile and received injuries that resulted in her death shortly afterward. Mr. and Mrs. Foulke were birthright members of the Society of Friends, and exemplified their gentle and noble Christian faith in their every-day lives. They became the parents of five children: William was born in December, 1881, and died eight months later. Lambert J. was born December 8, 1883, and died in December, 1904. Mary E., who was born at the old home in Kansas, August 29, 1885, was about two years old at the time of the family removal to California and was reared in San Bernardino County, where she was graduated from the high school in the City of San Bernardino, after which she was graduated from the State Normal School at San Diego. She taught three years in the public schools at Fontana and one year at Upland, and she is now the wife of C. M. Huston, cashier of the Citizens National Bank of Rialto and the subject of the personal sketch preceding this. Frances, the next younger of the children, was born at Rialto, in 1888, and died at the age of eight months. Charles, who was born at West Rialto, in 1890, was graduated from the San Bernardino High School and later from Leland Stanford, Jr., University, from which he received the degree of Civil Engineer. He is now engaged in the practice of his profession, with residence at San Bernardino. He married Miss Olive Hill, of Highland, this state, and they have one child, Eleanor, born November 24, 1917.

Mr. Foulke continued his residence in Kansas until 1887, in which year he came with his family to California. In 1890 he purchased twenty acres of barren desert land, now at the comer of Maple Avenue and Foothill Boulevard, at Rialto, instituted the reclamation and improvement of the tract and after erecting a house on the place he and his wife there established their home. He was one of the first to institute the development of the wild and forbidding land of this now opulent and beautiful district of San Bernardino County, and he made his land into one of the valuable orange groves of the county. He there maintained his home until his death. In driving from Rialto to his land in the early days he told his companions that it was advisable to drive in a straight line, as some day the course would become a part of a main highway to Los Angeles. He lived to see the improvement of this now important boulevard, and it was while attempting to cross the same that his widow met her death, as noted in a preceding paragraph. Mr. Foulke was an uncompromising opponent of the liquor traffic, worked eamestly in behalf of temperance and was a staunch supporter of the principles and cause of the prohibition party. His memory and that of his gentle and noble wife are held in affectionate regard by all who came within the sphere of their benign influence.

 

Source:
History of San Bernardino and Riverside Counties 
By: John Brown, Jr., Editor for San Bernardino County 
And James Boyd, Editor for Riverside County 
With selected biography of actors and witnesses of the period 
of growth and achievement.
Volume III, the Western Historical Association, 1922, 
The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, ILL

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011