|Birth: ||Oct. 2, 1846|
|Death: ||Aug. 9, 1933|
Henry Calvin Foltz was born in Smithburg, Maryland on October 2, 1846. At the age of 18, he moved to the city of Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, and entered an apprenticeship in the machine shop at the Frick Company, where he learned to build and repair automated machinery. In 1866, he moved to Hagerstown and went to work for Garver, Flanegan, & Bickel as a machinist.
In 1877, Henry Foltz fulfilled his dream of owning his own business when he entered into a partnership with Daniel and Cyrus Garver and purchased the Dayhoff Foundry & Machine Works in Rock Forge, Maryland. The partnership was named Garver, Foltz, & Company, and the business consisted of a machine shop and foundry that provided services to the local community. Henry learned how to schedule work, bill customers, and keep records. Over the next five years, he managed and operated the small business successfully.
In 1881, the Agricultural Implement Manufacturing Company moved their operations from the corner of East Washington & Locust Streets to Akron, Ohio. The partners of Garver, Foltz, & Company traveled to Akron, Ohio, and made a deal to purchase the vacated property in Hagerstown. About two months after the deal closed, Cyrus Garver died, leaving Henry Foltz and Daniel Garver as the two remaining partners in the firm. The name of the company was changed to the Hagerstown Iron Works in 1884, and Henry Foltz engaged in the active management of the partnership. In 1888, Daniel Garver passed away, and Henry Foltz continued the operation of the business under the name of the H.C. Foltz Company. In 1890, Mr. Foltz bought out the Hagerstown Steam Engine & Machine Company. H.C. Foltz Company obtained all of the patterns and equipment and now could manufacture and repair parts for all of the machinery that had been produced. With the addition of steam replacement parts, the company became more than just a repair shop and, from that point on, the company began to expand.
In addition to the growing stock of supplies, the H.C. Foltz Company began to manufacture several products that were designed and patented by Henry Foltz. One of the first products to be patented was a hog scalder. Another patent was awarded on an improved IXL malleable lifting jack, which was used extensively by the railroad industry. Throughout the 1890s, Mr. Foltz was awarded patents on various other inventions, including a patent on his most famous and successful invention, a rounded steel stock trough. The success of the trough came mainly from its design. The advantage to this design was that where square troughs allowed expansive ice to break the item apart, and the rounded trough forced the ice upward and it ceased to cause damage.
By the early 1900s, the H.C. Foltz Company had grown too big for the existing building. In 1914, the old stone building and most of the machine shop were torn down. On the corner, a new three-story brick office building was erected. The new office building was connected to the machine shop that was located directly to the rear of the original stone building.
In about 1916, Henry C. Foltz retired from active management of the company and passed the organization over to his son, Robert G. Foltz Sr., and his daughter, Emma (Foltz) Benner. It was at this time that the name of the company was changed to the Foltz Manufacturing & Supply Company. Throughout the 1920s, the company continued to grow under the new management. Emma and Robert kept their father's vision alive by adding more product lines to meet the ever-changing needs of the local industries.
Henry Richard Foltz (1819 - 1895)
Henrietta Fishack Foltz (1814 - 1881)
Anna Catherine Miller Foltz (1846 - 1910)
Grace Elanor Foltz Plack (1870 - 1971)*
Katie G. Foltz Darner (1872 - 1964)*
Sallie G. Foltz Brining (1875 - 1926)*
William A Foltz (1877 - 1882)*
Emma L. Foltz Benner (1879 - 1968)*
Lula May Foltz Wood (1881 - 1917)*
Robert Guy Foltz (1883 - 1951)*
Frederick Fishack Foltz (1844 - 1924)*
Henry Calvin Foltz (1846 - 1933)
William R Foltz (1848 - 1874)*
Catherine Foltz (1850 - 1942)*
John E. Foltz (1853 - 1853)*
Clara B Foltz (1857 - 1933)*
Rose Hill Cemetery
Plot: Section I - Lot 91
Created by: David M. Foltz
Record added: Sep 20, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 29936814