Russell County Kansas


Feb 5, 1949

Heart Attack Proves Fatal to W.E. FOULKE

Death came suddenly to W.E. FOULKE early Saturday morning, apparently from a heart attack, when he went o the east edge of town to do the milking.

When he did not return as quickly as usual, Mrs. FOULKE became alarmed and their daughter Erma went to the chore lot where she found her father dying. She saw Leonard BEAN driving to town and called to him. When they entered the barn, Mr. FOULKE had passed away.

Although he had been in failing health the past few years he seldom missed a day's work and was manager of the local Beatrice Creamery and Feed Store.

The shock of sudden death was most grievous to his family and his eighty-seven year old mother.

The last rites for Wm. Enos FOULKE were held Monday at 2pm at his home and 2:30 at the Evangelical United Brethren Church at Luray. There was a large concourse of people gathered for the last rites. All the children were present, and their families. The church pastor, Rev. HARNISH officiated. And the Cheyenne quartet consisting of Mrs. Blanch APPLEGATE, Mrs. Velda NELSON, Forrest APPLEGATE, and Wilson NELSON, and Mrs. Edna HARNISH presided at the piano.

Casket bearers were Chesley MUNSELL, Natoma; Everett COCHRUN, Harry OLSON, Byron STEWART, Wilmer WILKERSON and Floyd ALLISON.

Interment to take place in the family plot in the Lucas cemetery.

William Enos FOULKE, son of Oliver and Nellie GILES FOULKE was born at Gordon, Nebraska, June 17, 1887 and passed away unexpectedly at Luray, Russell Kansas, February 5, 1949, aged 61 years, 7 months, and 18 days.He grew up and received his education in Nebraska. Early in 1910 he moved to Kansas.

He was united in marriage June 15, 1910 to Miss Annie Irene SMITH at Russell Springs, Kansas. To this union were born the following children: Mrs. Esther MUNSELL of Hays: Mrs. Lorraine HILL of Salina: Mrs. Emma BOUGE of Salina: and Miss Erma FOULKE of home, and two sons, Robert FOULKE of Hays, and Wesley FOULKE of Columbus, Ohio. Also one daughter, Sarah Elizabeth, who passed away in September 1921.

Mr. FOULKE'S aged and invalid mother survives him at his late home, as does his devoted wife, and the children, save one, and seven grandchildren and three sisters: Mrs. Alice CRAVEN of Russell, Mrs. Jennie ELDER of Horton, Mrs. Ruby OTTMAN of Goldendale, Washington, also one aunt, Mrs. Daisy MENDENHALL of Zurich, nieces and nephews and many friends. Mr. FOULKE was a farmer of Russell county until a few years ago when he purchased his late home in Luray and operated the Beatrice Cream Station in Luray.

Father FOULKE was industrious and had a cheerful nature and his family, patrons and friends will greatly miss him. His favorite hymns were used in the service.

Submitted by: Diane Goldhammer /

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