|Birth: ||May 13, 1883|
|Death: ||Nov. 14, 1940, USA|
Martin J. Foy Dies at Home This Morning
Well Known Springfield Banker Succumbs to Lingering Illness. Funeral Saturday.
Martin J. Foy, for many years associated with the State Bank of Springfield and widely known in banking circles, died shortly after midnight this morning. His death was not unexpected. He had been confined to his home for several months.
Mr. Foy went to Rochester last December for medical attention and in January submitted to a major operation at St. Mary's hospital. After a period of convalescence he returned to his home here and went about his duties as assistant cashier of the State Bank until May, when he found that the work was too strenuous for him. He was able to be up and about his home until three months ago when he became bedridden.
The deceased was an active church member and also took a keen interest in civic affairs. He was a member of the Catholic Order of Foresters and of the Knights of Columbus of St. Raphael's church. He served as president of the Booster Club at one time and was secretary of the Building and Loan Association for many years.
Martin John Foy, the son of the late Martin and Mary Foy, was born on a farm in Willow Lake township, Redwood county, on May 13, 1883. He spent his childhood on the farm and later attended the public school at Springfield. After completing his education here, he attended the Mankato Business College. When he complete his course, he returned to Springfield and was employed at Bott Brothers' Implement store as bookkeeper for a year.
After a year as bookkeeper for Bott Brothers, Mr. Foy became bookkeeper at the State Bank, filling the vacancy left by Adolph Schwarzrock. Through his diligent and conscientious work he rose to the position of cashier when E. L. Nippolt the cashier, was elected president. Upon Mr. Nippolt resuming the cashiership, Mr. Foy again became assistant cashier, which position he resigned recently because of ill health.
On June 25, 1908 he was married to Miss Elizabeth Struemke at St. Raphael's Catholic parsonage by Father Gmeiner. The young couple went to housekeeping in an apartment in the Julius Wendt building. After residing in several homes in Springfield, they decided to build a home of their own and twenty-four years ago they built the residence at 112 South Ray Avenue, where Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Birkemeyer are now living. Several years ago the deceased had his mother's home, which is next to his place, modernized and he and his family have been making their home there.
The deceased leaves his wife and two children, Mrs. Clair Dahl-
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Funeral services for Martin J. Foy, an employee of the State Bank for 32 years, whose extended illness ended in death at the family home at 12:25 a. m. Thursday, will be held in St. Raphael's church Saturday morning, November 16, at 9:30. Rev. I. Schumacher will officiate. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.
Mr. Foy was born in Willow Lake township on May 13, 1883, the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Martin Foy, and one of a family of twelve children. He spent his early life there and attended the township school a number of years after which he came into this city and was enrolled in the public schools. From here he went to Mankato for a business course in the Mankato Commercial college. After completing the course he returned and was employed as bookkeeper for Bott Bros., a farm implement concern. Thirty-two years ago he entered the employ of the State Bank of Springfield beginning from the bottom and working his way up to the position of first assistant cashier. He filled that position with credit all of the intervening years except when he served as cashier in the year 1932-33 after which he again became assistant cashier and E. L. Nippolt, who acted as president of the banking concern, was elected to fill the position as cashier and George P. Forster became the president.
Active Civic Worker
Mr. Foy had a pleasant personality and made many friends for the concern. He also was one of the foremost citizens of this city and took a very active part in all civic improvements, the schools and other activities for the betterment of the city and community. Over a year ago he became ill and consulted the physicians at the Mayo Clinic upon the advice of the family physician.
He submitted to surgery while there and for a time improved and took up his duties at the bank. About a year ago he was compelled to discontinue work and the greater part of the time since was confined to his bed. He gradually failed until his death Thursday morning.
Married in 1908
Mr. Foy and Miss Elizabeth Struemke, daughter of the late Gottl. Struemke, were united in marriage on June 25, 1908. They were the parents of a son Charles, who also is a State Bank employee, and Mrs. Claire Dahlquist, who with Mr. Dahlquist resides with her parents. One grandchild, Patricia, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Foy, two brothers, Michael of Redwood Falls and P. J. Foy of Des Moines, Ia., and three sisters, namely: Mrs. S. A. Bellig of Willow Lake township; Mrs. A. D. McPhee of Miles City, Mont., and Mrs. John Dotson of Sprague, Wash., also survive. Mrs. Dotson has been here several weeks assisting in the care of her brother and departed only the day before Mr. Foy's death.
Groups Plan Honors
Members of the Knights of Columbus and Catholic Order of Foresters of which Mr. Foy was a member, will march in groups at the funeral. Mr. Foy served as secretary of the Springfield Building and Loan Association a number of years and also as president of the Springfield Boosters Club a year. The members of thes organizations together with a large number of friends mourn the death of Mr. Foy and feel that his death is a personal loss.
Springfield Corr. Journal, November 15, 1940
Martin Foy (1838 - 1910)
Mary Welsh Foy (1844 - 1930)
Dorothea Elizabeth Struemke Foy (1881 - 1969)*
Charles Edmund Foy (1911 - 1976)*
Eleanor T Foy McPhee (1878 - 1940)*
Martin John Foy (1883 - 1940)
Saint Raphael Catholic Cemetery
Created by: Charles Martin
Record added: May 16, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 90232712