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a business man of Whittier, Colorado; John S.; Margaret, married W. A. Wills, a resident of Homestead, Allegheny county; Mary, wedded James Maloy, and both are deceased; and Catherine, who became a nun in Mercy convent, at Altoona, and is dead. The two eldest of these children were born in Ireland, and the others in Indiana county.
John S. Foley, the subject of this sketch, was reared on the farm, and, after attending the public schools and Penn Run Normal school, he entered the Indiana State Normal school of Pennsylvania, from which he was prevented from being graduated, in 1886, by a severe spell of sickness. This sickness so impaired his health that he took a trip to Colorado in hopes of being benefited physically by the climate of that State. He remained west a year, and during that time taught one term in a government school provided for Indians at San Diego, California. Returning home, in 1887, greatly benefited in health, he assisted Professor Leech in conducting a summer normal school at Ebensburg, and from that time up to 1893 was engaged in teaching in Indiana county, being principal of St. Augustine, and then of Frugality schools. Retiring from the profession of teaching, in 1893, he succeeded T. W. Letts as editor and proprietor of the Carrolltown News, which was founded by T. S. Williams. The News is a weekly seven-column folio, and Democratic in politics. While Mr. Foley's career as a teacher was a success, not less has he made his mark upon the community as a journalist. He takes a strong common-sense view of things, and has an adequate conception of what a local sheet should be. Giving everything important in local news, the affairs of the State and nation are not neglected, while in politics the paper unswervingly supports the true principles of
Democracy. An increasing importance and an increasing circulation attest the success of Mr. Foley's editorial ability and business management. He is a strong democrat, and frequently takes the stump in defense of his party, being a good public speaker. He is a good business man, and has been a consistent member of the Catholic church for several years.
On July 27, 1890, Mr. Foley was united in marriage with Emma M. Grimes, a daughter of John and Margaret Grimes, of Chest Springs, this county. Mr. and Mrs. Foley have one child, a daughter, named Margaret Clare.
ALPHEUS B. CLARK, a prosperous grain dealer and livery proprietor of Hastings, is a son of Luther M. and Elmira (Hazlett) Clark, and was born at Cherrytree, Indiana county, Pennsylvania, December 31, 1862. He received his education in the common schools, served as a clerk for his father until he attained his majority, and then engaged in the livery business at Cherrytree, Indiana county, where he remained up to 1889. In that year he came to Hastings, and started his present livery and sales stables on Fourth avenue. His stables consist of a main building, 50 x 73 feet, and an annex, 16 x 40 feet. He keeps twelve head of driving and saddle horses, and a good equipment of all kinds of traveling vehicles. His riding horses and teams are in constant demand, and he has built up a good patronage. In connection with his livery he conducts a wholesale grain business, and in both enterprises has invested $4000 of capital, on which he is doing a yearly business of nearly $11,000. He is a member of Cherrytree Lodge, No. 417, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, of Cherrytree,