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Wagoner Cyrille Marion Foisy
U. S. Army
Ser. # 2,227,655

December 11, 1893 - February 8, 1919
Palacios Cemetery
Palacios, Matagorda County, Texas

Gold Star Mother
Louisa Bernard Foisy

Gold Star Step-Mother
Alice Duffy Foisy


Wagoner Cyrille Marion Foisy [December 11, 1893 – February 8, 1919] was born to Alfred Fred Foisy [July 20, 1865 – January 22, 1935] and Louisa Bernard Foisy [March 3, 1864 - January 10, 1896] at Jefferson, Union County, South Dakota.  He died in an accident at [Bellingen] Germany.  He was attached to Supply Company, 360th Infantry Regiment, 90th Division, Army of Occupation of Germany.  He was first buried in France, then in November 1920 he was returned to Palacios, Matagorda County, Texas for burial.  Prior to serving in the Army of Occupation his unit fought at St. Mihiel and Argonne France and Rhine, Germany.  The 90th Division (Texas and Oklahoma) nicknamed the Tough Ombres (T – Texas & O – Oklahoma) trained at Camp Travis in Fort Sam Houston, Texas.   Besides his father, he was survived by sister, Eugenia Wenell and brothers, Ernest, Oscar, Ignac and Napolean.  As best as can be determined from available records his family was living in Palacios at the time he enlisted and when he died.  Cyrille's mother, Louisa, died on January 10, 1896 and his father married Alice Duffy on March 2, 1897. Alice is considered a gold star mother since she reared Cyrille from the age of three until her death July 7, 1910.  His father died on January 22, 1935.  They are all buried at the Palacios Cemetery in Section 4, Row 2.


Known List of Matagorda Boys Who Died in Service.

The following names of the soldiers who died while in the service of the U. S. A., are all that has been reported. If any one knows of others, and the cause of their death, if possible, please inform Mrs. Wm. Cash, Bay City, Texas:

Blessing [Palacios]--Cyrille Marion Foisy, killed in Germany, buried in France.

Matagorda County Tribune, September 5, 1919


Red Cross Assists in Doing Honor Over Body of Cyrille Foisey


Fourteen Uniformed Companions Act as Pall Bearers and Guards―Buried Beside Mother

With the greatest part of the people of the town in attendance, Palacios Friday paid tribute over the body of Cyrille Foisey, who died while a member of the American army of Occupation in Germany. His was the first body of a man from this section of the county to be returned the Untied States for burial.

The J. O. Davis building was decorated with flowers, palms, flags for the occasion. Surrounding the bier were various floral decorations, one a great gold star, another an American flag made of red and white roses with blue heliotrope. Another floral pierce was the flowered lettering, “A E F” set into a green background. All the work, as well as many of the funeral arrangements, were made by the local chapter of the Red Cross.

In the packed building, Rev. G. F. Gillespie gave an opening prayer, and 14 soldiers, most of whom were members of Foisey’s company, surrounded the bier. A quartette sang “My Faith Looks Up to Thee.” Rev. H. A. Echols read a scriptural passage, and was followed by a male trio in “Abide With Me.” The funeral sermon was delivered by Mr. Gillespie, who selected John 13:15 as his text. The choir closed with “America.”

Soldiers in uniform acted as pall bearers. An automobile procession accompanied the body to the cemetery where the bugler blew taps as the body was lowered into the grave beside the body of the departed’s mother.

Those attending the funeral from out of town were Mrs. C. J. Schram of Fayetteville; Mrs. Eldred of Houston; Miss Jennie Curneal of Blessing; the departed’s brother from near San Antonio; Mr. and Mrs. John Vaclavik and sons, from Blessing; Major Selkirk White, Blessing; Nathan Danistrom [Dahlstrom], LaWard; the escort was Cor. J. P. Connelly. Among the Palacios ex-soldiers who acted in connection with the funeral were Emmet Margerum, Henry Barnett, John Wolf, U. P. Fant, Claud Allen and Andrew Gomez.

Cyrille Marion Foisey was born at Jefferson, South Dakota, December 11, 1893. He was the son of Alfred F. Foisey and came to Texas with his father in 1899 and grew to manhood in Wharton and Matagorda counties.

His military service began when he was inducted into the service of his country on September 19, 1917 at Camp Travis, Texas, where he was in training until June 6, 1918 when his company, The Supply Company of the 360th Regiment Infantry, of the 90th Division entrained for overseas ………. Arriving at South-……… England, June 21, …….. on June 23, in ……….regiment was in action ……. The St. Mihiel and ……..Argonne engagements ……..the signing of the Armistice were with the Army of Occupation and located at Beltigen, Germany, where Cyrille met his death on February 8, 1919. [Paper was torn]

His father and several brothers and sisters survive him to mourn his loss.

Palacios Beacon, November 19, 1920

Article courtesy of Shirley L. Brown

Louisa Bernard Foisy

Louisa Bernard was born on March 3, 1864 in Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island. She was the daughter of Honore Bernard and Josephine Girard Bernard. She married Alfred Frederick Foisy on September 1, 1885 in Jefferson, Union County, South Dakota. Louisa died January 10, 1896 in Jefferson, Union County, South Dakota. Interment was at Saint Peters Cemetery, Block 1, Lot 39, Grave 2, in Jefferson.

Survivors were: husband, Alfred Foisy; daughter, Eugenia; sons, Ernest, Oscar, Ignac Edward, Cyrille and Napolean.

Information courtesy of Pat Duffy


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Photo courtesy of Charmaine Hunter and C. Marek

Alfred Fred Foisy

Funeral services were held Thursday at 10 a.m. in the St. Peter's Catholic Church for Alfred Fred Foisy, who passed away Tuesday morning in Loos Hospital in Bay City. Burial was at the Palacios cemetery with Rev. Weber? officiating, assisted by Rev. Co__ey of Bay City and Rev. Mersby of El Campo.

Mr. Foisy was born in the state of Rhode Island, July 20, 1865 coming to Texas when only a young man. He resided in El Campo and from there moving to Palacios then to his home near Blessing on the Tres-Palacios River where he resided until his death.

Mr. Foisy was survived by three sons, Egnis, Oscar and Earnest Foisy and two daughters, Mrs. E. C. Winnell of San Antonio and Miss Jennis, Blessing and two brothers, one in North Dakota and Felix of Blessing also one sister of North Dakota.

Four grandchildren and two great grandchildren, two nieces, Mrs. E. E. Marquart of San Antonio and Mrs. A. J. Slade of Fayetteville, also survive him.

Active pallbearers were Mr. F. G. Cobb, A. E. Schulte, J. C. Murphy, W. L. Vaclavick, J. B. Bures and John Vaclavick, Jr.

Mr. Foisy was an active businessman and was among the most prominent citizens of this county. He was an active church member and contributed funds for erecting the St. Peter's Catholic Church in Blessing. He was known by his many kind deeds in which he showed a lending and helping hand to the needy and to the sick. He will be greatly missed by his many friends who extend their sympathy to those who mourn his loss.

Out of town friends who attended his funeral were Mrs. M. E. Shramm of San Antonio, Mrs. P. W. Curneal and son and daughter, Miss Myrtle, Mrs. A. Andrus and son, Miss Jennie May Schulte, Mr. and Mrs. B. A. Basnell, Mr. H. E. Eldred and daughter, Miss Jewel, D. T. Dyer all of Houston also Mrs. Theo Priesmeyer, Mrs. Carville of El Campo.

Palacios Beacon, February 7, 1935


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