Biography of Wilber C. Foote
North Central Ohio Biographies

Wilber C. Foote, who is the capable postmaster of Fredericktown, is a veteran of the World War and a member of one of the oldest and best known families of Knox County. He was born at Fredericktown, Aug. 29, 1893, the son of George W. and Harriet E. (Willits) Foote.

George W. Foote was born in Knox County in 1848, the son of Ephriam, who was one of the first settlers of this county, having come here from New York about 1840. He was followed by his brother, William, and a sister, Mrs. Mary Ann Cone. Later other members of his family, Lawrence, Adonijah and Mrs. Anna Cornelia Ransom, came to Ohio and completed the Foote settlement in Knox Count. Harriet E. (Willits) Foote, who lives at Fredericktown, was born in Knox County, the daughter of David P. and Jane (Dennis) Willits, natives of Guernsey County, Ohio, and New York State, respectively. David P. Willits was a veteran of the Civil War and died in 1900 at the age of 67 years. His wife died hi 1860. Both are buried in the Quaker Cemetery. Geo. W. Foote had the following brothers and sisters: Sarah Helen, deceased; Julia A., married John K. Lewis, of Lakewood, Ohio; Henry R., deceased; and Wilber D., now deceased, served during the Civil War as a member of the 20th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. - Harriet E. (Willits) Foote has a brother, Walter Willits, who lives retired at Fredericktown. George W. Foote, father of the subject of this sketch, died in 1927 and is buried in Forest Cemetery, Fredericktown.

Wilber C. Foote attended the public schools of Fredericktown. He enlisted for service in the World War, May 29, 1918, and was sent to Camp Gordon, Ga. He served in France from July, 1918, until July, 1919, as a member of Company E, 329th Infantry, 83rd Division, and was with the Provisional Supply Company, Sub Depot No. 12, alter the signing of the armistice. He was discharged with the rank of quarter master sergeant. Mr. Foote was appointed postmaster of Fredericktown on Jan. 31, 1928, by President Coolidge. The local postoffice operates seven rural routes and has a total of 360 boxholders.

On May 10, 1928, Mr. Foote married Miss Ramelle E. Cyphers, of Fredericktown, the daughter of Jacob M. and Anna B. Cyphers. Mr. Cyphrens died in 1926 and is buried in Zion Cemetery, at Bryn, Morrow County, Ohio. His widow resides at Fredericktown.

To George W. and Harriett E. Foote were born five children, as follows: Herbert W., a traveling salesman, Mt. Vernon; Lucy, wife of Charles E. Dean, Tampa, Fla.; Anna D., a trained nurse, graduate of Massillon City Hospital, was a nurse in France for one year during the World War, returning to the United States in August, 1919, now in Sacramento, Calif.; David P., on the old homestead in Berlin Township, Knox County; and Wilber C., the subject of this sketch.

The George W. Foote farm, which is located two miles north of Fredericktown, is among the oldest homesteads in this section of the county. An apple tree, located on the farm, is from the seed of a tree planted by the famous Johnny Appleseed. In their genealogy descendants of the Foote family trace their ancestry to Nathaniel Foote, of Colonial days.

Wilber C. Foote and his wife are members of the Presbyterian Church of Fredericktown and have been active in Sunday School work. He is a member of Thrall Lodge, No. 170, F. & A. M.; Clinton Chapter, No. 26, R. A. M.; and Kinsman Council, No. 76, R. & S. M.

History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931

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