Mifflin County Biographies
"History of the Juniata Valley and Its People, Vol. II" 1913

Joseph M. Foltz


The Foltz family, of Lewistown, Pennsylvania, trace descent from Joseph M. Foltz, born in Germany, who came to the United States with his wife, settling in Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, where he engaged in farming until his death.

William, son of Joseph M. Foltz, was born in Lancaster county. Pennsylvania, in 1819, died in 1906, at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He followed farming with his father in early life, then learned the carpenter's trade which he followed several years. He then became an employee of the Pennsylvania railroad, continuing with that corporation until his death. He was a Democrat in politics, and an attendant of the Methodist Episcopal church, of which his wife was a member. He was a member of the Masonic order, belonging to Robert Burns Lodge, at Harrisburg, and also to Dauphin Lodge, No. 160, Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He married Frances Atwood Sprout, born in Lancaster county in 1822, died in 1902, daughter of Joseph Sprout, an early settler of Elizabethtown, Lancaster county. Children: Elizabeth, deceased; William; Joseph M., of whom further; Charles, John, Augustus and Frank; five others dying in infancy.

Joseph M., son of William and Frances A. (Sprout) Foltz, was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, October 31, 1847. He was educated in the public school, finishing at Harrisburg high school, after which he entered the employ of the Pennsylvania railroad as passenger brakeman, continuing in the employ of that corporation thirty years, and located from 1871 until 1895 in Lewistown. In the latter year he retired from the railroad and engaged in the coal business in the Allegheny Valley, continuing until 1902, when he returned to Lewistown. He there engaged in business until 1907, when he retired and now resides at No. 211 West Market street. He is a Democrat in politics, and has served as borough councilman, president of council and chief burgess, now (1913) holding the latter office, his term expiring January, 1914. Mr. Foltz and his family attend the Presbyterian church.

He married, in 1875, at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Alfarata Logan Smith, born in Lewistown in 1849, in the house in which the family now resides; died there January 21, 1901. She was the daughter of Joseph R. Smith, who died in 1909, aged ninety years. He had a brother Roswell Smith, who died aged ninety-three years, and two sisters who lived to be over eighty years of age. Children: 1. Robert P., married Lena Jennings and resides in Pittsburgh; children: Virginia and Joseph M. (2). 2. Mary Jane, died in 1878, aged three months.



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