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Thomas Clarence Folbre, Sr
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Birth: Jun. 14, 1841
Indiana, USA
Death: Aug. 10, 1912
St. Francis County
Arkansas, USA

AGED CITIZEN PASSES AWAY=Judge T.C.Folbre, stricken by icy hand of death Saturday afternoon, Aug.10,1912. Again are the people of Forrest City and St.Francis county called upon to mourn the death on one of their most prominent and poplular fellow citizens, a good man, honest and true, in the person of Thomas C.Folbre, Sr., who departed this life last Saturday evening, after having suffered for several months with a malady that had held him prisoner in his home, and mostly confined to his bed. Judge Folbre had been in extremely bad health since early in the spring, and though all that medical skill and the skillful attentive care was done for him, all to no avail. Thomas C.Folbre, Sr., was born in Aurora, Indiana in 1841. He received his education in the public schools of that state and Kentucky, and came to Arkansas in 1850, settling in this county. At the age of sixteen he began business for himself at Linden in the southern edge of this county, and in 1869 came to Forrest City as a salesman for Altheimer Bros., a general mechandise on the corner of Washington and Front Streets, where the Rollwage building now stands. In 1870, when Forrest City was incorporated, he was on the first city council. He was tax assessor of the county for four years, as well as a salesman for L.Rollwage & Co. In 1894, he was elected circuit and county court clerk, which he held for two years. Next he was selected to be the office of county and probate judge for three terms, retiring in 1908. He was a continous resident, except two years spent in San Antonio for his health. Judge Folbre was a gallant Confederate soldier, having enlisted in August, 1861, and served throughout the entire war, surrendering on May 1865, at which time he held the rank of lieutenant in Company A, Fifteenth Arkansas Infantry. Just before the the last resting place of the body was begun, taps were sounded by Bugler Joe Reltano of Wynne and Forrest City, and this remembrance of what he had been as a soldier, and citizen, and his now departing, brought fresh tears to the eyes of not only his devoted family, but of the onlooking friends. He was a member of the Episcopal church, the Knights of Pythias, Odd Fellows, and Knights of Honor, Knight and Ladies of Honor, and Red Men. Judge Folbre was married, first in 1870 to Miss Henry Adams, the wedding taking place on the Walker place, near Haynes. One child, a little girl who died in infancy, was born to this union, and its mother only lived two years after the marriage. In 1874 he was married to Miss Dora McCrary, of this county, and the couple lived together for about eight years, before they separated. To this union four boys, Thomas, Jr., Claude, Herbert, and Homer, all except Claude survive him. In 1889, he was married to Mrs.Lillian J. (Long) Andrews, the marriage taking place when she visited her sister, Mrs.J.M.Brown. To this union were born four children, three of whom survive, Frank, Gene and Gerald. He also leaves three cousins, Misses Clara, Elizabeth, and Mary Folbre, of Aurora, Indiana; a nephew, Mallon Folbre, a step daughter, Mrs.W.R.Ferguson, and grandchildren:Reullura and Lillian Ferguson. Hubert's two children, Charles Hubert, Jr. and Thomas Walthall; and Homer's daughter, Dora Belle. Funeral services were held at the home, and interment was in the Forrest City cemetery, Rev.E.T.Mabley officiating. The services were under the auspices of the Geo.P.Taylor Lodge No.196, I.O.O.F., and the pall bearers from that lodge: W.A.Pearson, George Swartz, Robert Brittain, Max Yoffie, J.R.Carder, and P.W.Lewis. Aug.16,1912-The Forrest City Times' Art Souvenir-1905-Page 81:This sketch is about Judge Thomas C. Folbre, now judge of the County and Probate Courts of St.Francis County, and one of the most popular and efficient officers the county has ever had. He is a son of Charles L. and Mary J. (Baldwin) Folbre, and was born on June 15, 1841, at Aurora, Indiana. He was educated in private schools in Indiana and Kentucky, and in 1850 became a citizen of Arkansas. At the age of sixteen years he began business for himself at Linden. in this county. He came to Forrest City from near that place in 1869, to accept a situation as salesman for the Altheimer Brothers, who were then doing a general merchandise business on the corner of Washington and North Front Streets, now occupied by the Rollwage building in which J.S. Shields & Co. are doing general drug business. Forrest City was incorporated the following year, 1870, and he was elected the first Mayor, and G. Altheimer and Capt.Frank M. Prewett were also members of the Board of Aldermen. During his residence he has frequently been elected to the Town Council, Board of Health, and other official bodies, and in 1894 was elected Circuit and County Clerk, which he held two years. He was elected in 1902 to the office of County and Probate Judge of St.Francis County, and was re-elected in 1904. Judge Folbre was a gallant Confederate soldier. He enlisted in Confederate service in August 1861, and served through the entire period, surrendering May 25,1865, at which time he held the rank of Lieutenant of Co.A., Fifteenth Arkansas Infantry. He was the father of ten children. His wife was Mary M.Folbre and died earlier in 1886. Note:In 1870 census his wife was born in 1844 
 
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 Spouses:
  Lillian Long Folbre (1863 - 1926)
  Mary Medora McCrary Folbre (1854 - 1886)*
 
 Children:
  Katie Folbre (____ - 1890)*
  Thomas Clarence Folbre (1874 - 1914)*
  Claude Alvin Folbre (1876 - 1906)*
  Homer Folbre (1878 - 1938)*
  Charles Hubert Folbre (1880 - 1950)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Forrest City Cemetery (Original City Cemetery)
Forrest City
St. Francis County
Arkansas, USA
 
Created by: Paul V. Isbell
Record added: Oct 02, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 15970695
Thomas Clarence Folbre, Sr
Added by: Paul V. Isbell
 
Thomas Clarence Folbre, Sr
Added by: Paul V. Isbell
 
 
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