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Joseph Foulke

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"History of Huntington County, Indiana"1914 By Frank S. Bash pg. 638-39

Joseph Foulke. The Foulke family was established in Warren township of Huntington county, more than sixty years ago. The representatives have been chiefly identified with farming, and their names are synonymous with good citizenship and personal integrity. Joseph Foulke was a child when brought to this county, and has long been one of the successful and substantial farmers. He is the owner of two hundred and thirty-three acres, situated in sections thirty-three and thirty-four in Warren township, and the activities which have brought him the most money have been his crops of grain and his hogs.

Joseph Foulke was born in Wayne county, Indiana, near Richmond, on October 16, 1849, a son of Samuel and Asennath (Foulke) Foulke. The father was born in Warren county, Ohio, and the mother in Berks county, Pennsylvania. They came to Indiana, locating in Wayne county, where they were married, and in March, 1851, moved to Huntington county, and settled on a farm two miles south, and a half a mile west of the town of Bippus in section thirty-three, of township twenty-nine north, range eight east. It was on that farm that the parents spent the rest of their days, engaged in the quiet pursuits of agriculture, and were always known and respected as people of great industry and honor. The first home they had in Warren township was a log cabin, and that was subsequently replaced by a frame dwelling house that is still standing, having been erected in 1869. There were four children and two died in infancy. Besides Joseph, the only other representative of the family now living is Charles Foulke of Kansas.

Joseph Foulke was sixteen months old when the family came to Huntington county. He grew up here on a farm, and alternated between the public schools and the home place in his activities until he was twenty-one years old. He then went west to Kansas, lived there from 1871 to 1873, and returned to Indiana, where he has ever since been well content to pursue his vocation.

In January, 1875, his father died, and in the settlement of the estate he bought the old place, and has since increased its acreage and has made one of the finest farms in the towbship.

On May 17, 1876, Mr. Foulke married Leah Holloway, who was born in Wabash county, Indiana. Their six living children are as follows: Lewis W., a bookkeeper in Chicago; Charles of Marion, Indiana; Fannie L., wife of Charles B. Culp, of Marion, Indiana; Ethel, wife of D. E. Myers, of Warren township; Joseph L., a farmer in Warren township;and Lloyd, a carpenter and unmarried. Mr. Foulke is a birthright Quaker, and represents that fine old Quaker stock that was so prominent in Wayne county, from which center it spread over large areas of eastern Indiana.

In politics he has always been a Republican, but in 1912 lined up with the Progressive party.

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