Junius H. Foltz

JUNIUS H. FOLTZ. On other pages of this publication is given an account of the career of one of the oldest citizens of Shawnee County, Martin L. Foltz, of a family that has been identified with Kansas since territorial epoch. The two living sons of Mr. Martin Foltz are Junius H. and Nevin M. Foltz, both of whom reside in Williamsport Township of Shawnee County, and some reference to their individual careers is also appropriate.

Junius H. Foltz was born in Ridgeway, Osage County, Kansas, February 1, 1875. He grew up in his father's home, attended the common schools, and early in life gained that experience which has made him a successful farmer and stock raiser. He is now proprietor of a fine place of 280 acres, and besides its operation he has been a director in the Wakarusa State Bank since it was organized in 1910. He is prominent in the organizations of farmers, particularly the Grange, and served as Master of the Grange one term. He is a republican though not active in party politics and from 1902 to 1908 served as township clerk. He is a member of the Presbyterian Church.

On February 22, 1899, he married Miss Florence L. Tillman at Topeka. Her parents, John and Maria Tillman, came from Indianapolis, Indiana, to Kansas in 1880 and for a number of years Mr. Tillman was a farmer and real estate broker, but is now living retired at the age of seventy-eight at Oakland, Kansas. Mr. and Mrs. Junius Foltz have three children: Grace, aged fifteen; John, aged twelve; and Olive, aged seven.

Nevin M. Foltz, the younger son of Martin L. Foltz, was born at Burlingame, Kansas, October 14, 1879. He now has the important responsibilities of managing the old homestead of 365 acres in Shawnee County. He has helped set the pace in this county as a stock raiser, and is making a specialty of high grade shorthorn cattle.

Like his brother active in local affairs, he is one of the directors of the Wakarusa State Bank, is serving as present township trustee and is also secretary of the Wakarusa Commercial Club. As a voter his support has always gone to the republican ticket.

On December 19, 1914, he married Miss Jessie Lena Burbank. Her parents Otis and Martha Burbank now live at Richland, Kansas. Her father came to Kansas in the early days from Illinois, while her mother is of an old Virginia family. Mr. and Mrs. Nevin Eoltz had one daughter, Mary Helene, who died March 12, 1916, at the age of eight weeks.


A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans, written and compiled by William E. Connelley, Secretary of the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka. Chicago: Lewis Publishing Company, copyright 1918; transcribed 1997.
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