FRANK B. FOOTE

Frank B. Foote was born in Dover, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, 2 Jun 1852. He came with his parents, Laveas H. Foote and Faestta lilly Foote, and older brother, Albert A., to Byron via Kalamazoo. They came here with oxen to their home, SE ¼ of section 11, then known as the George Rice farm. In that early day, no section line, roads cut through or came from the southeast to their home by way of Pelton’s Corners, following an Indian Trail across section 14, that wound northeast to Moore’s (68th and Division Ave.) Corners and to Division Road or known today as Avenue. Their house was a frame construction, of square timbers, the first of tenant and mortise work in that locality. It was also later known as George Baker’s farm.

The first school was located at ½ section line between section 14 and section 15. It was built of logs, 12 x 16 feet on the Indian Trail going to Byron Center. Mr. Foote first attended school there in the summer of 1856, taught by Mary E. Lilly. In June, 1857, the school marched in a body to a new schoolhouse on the present Winchester site. The old schoolhouse now stands on the old Winchester farm. The school ground was cleared by Miss Mary Hard and her pupils. Chloe Winchester and Marcius Bates taught there soon afterward.

The few that were living at that time were Mehitable Lilly Terrell, Calvin Winchester and Alice Sadler Losey. They have passed on as their graves in the little cemetery mutely testify.

On 2 Mar 1881, Mr. Foote was married to Anna Brudi, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John C. Brudi. They had three sons.

He operated saw-mills at Carlisle for years, was the first postmaster (1884) at West Carlisle, and built the first depot on the G.R. & I.R.R., now the Pennsylvania, at Carlisle.


Transcriber: ES
Created: 7 April 2014
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