Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Grandma with Adele Foltz Howard

Adele is Buck's sister and has been a friend of Moms for many years. She lives in Lowell, Indiana now and we exchange letters. She and the younger Foltz's attended the Taylor school along with the younger Arnold's. Her brothers Marion "Mike" and Clarence "Babe" Foltz are still living. The other Foltz kids were Paul, died May 2 1971 at 60, Leona Sass, Feb 12 1999 at 80, Luella Watsonat 83 Feb 2 2000, Buck, Dec 1 2002 at 81, Cloice, Dec 19 2006 at 78, Herbert Luther, Dec 19 2006 at 78 and Verla McCullough, 13 July 2008 at 85.  Paul farmed near the Limestone Cemetary then moved to Streator and farmed there. Luella was written up as a hero as a youngster for getting her younger siblings out of the house during a fire on a bitterly cold night and without any shoes (written up in by I believe the Prarie Farmer magazine). Her husband, Melvin Watson, is still living by himself at 95 but recently broke his hip so he couln't attend the Party. Buck was a one-of-a-kind guy, landing at Normandy Beach, Battle of the Bulge, and on, being wounded, had many medals, but didn't want to talk about it. When I asked him to compare D-day as depicted in the movie "Sgt Ryan" and his experiance he sad "there is No Novie that could ever show how bad it really was!" He once told his brother Mike how he pulled American bodies up over his for protection in the battle. Buck had huge fingers and would often brag about it. He told me the same jokes for a half century, and I always laughed at them. Cloice worked at Ropers for many years. Herbert Luther Foltz didn't like being teased at grade school by his classmates when they called him "Herbert Hoover" so his mother started using his middle name "Luther,"after his uncle, and my grandpa, Luther Miller. Luther had the biggest wake I ever attended. Verla was a beautiful lady, at any age! She ended up with Grandma Miller's piano (it sat in the parlor and children were not allowed to touch it) and then gave it to Pam Walwer.  

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