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Moore’s Promotion for Fred Foutz, 1977

Janet and Fred Foutz, c. 1977.

Janet and Fred Foutz, c. 1977.

Promotion, Second Son for Fred Foutz

Next to your birthday, maybe there’s no better “me” day than earning a big raise or promotion at work.

Today, as we give Dad a nod for celebrating the 63rd Year of Fred, we rewind the clock 38 years to a newsworthy high point in the early Foutz household.

The Nov. 11, 1977 edition of Zanesville’s Times Recorder, um, records a step up for Dad at Moore’s Lumber and Building Supplies, otherwise known as the coolest company in Ohio to sport a winking fox logo (very impressive in my under-5 years…).

Moore's logo

As the Recorder reliably reports:

Moore’s Names Foutz An Assistant Manager

Moore’s Lumber and Building Materials announces appointment of Frederick Foutz as assistant branch manager of the retail store at 2413 Maple Ave.

The new promotion for Foutz, effective immediately, was announced by Moore’s distribution centers division operations manager, David E. Pomerleau; and Mid-Atlantic regional manager Thomas Scanlon.

Foutz has been employed by Moore’s chain since Nov. 1, 1976, when he was hired into Moore’s management training program here.

On Jan. 8, he was named night and Sunday manager of Newark, Moore’s store, leading up to his current promotion and transfer back to Zanesville.

Foutz is a native of Dover. He and his wife, Janet Ley Foutz, live on Gorsuch Rd. at Nashport, with their 15-month-old son, Colt. The Foutz are expecting a second child.

Foutz is a graduate of University of Cincinnati from which he holds a bachelor of arts degree in economics. He is an active member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.

Moore’s 79 lumber and building material store are established in 11 southeastern and middle America states.

In addition to Zanesville location, Moore’s serves the communities of Chillicothe, Delaware, Dover, Findlay, Lancaster, Lima, Mansfield, Marietta, Portsmouth and Wooster, with additional stores in the planning stage. Divisional executive offices are in Roanoke, Va.

Moore’s is part of Evans Products Co. (NYSE and PS), with headquarters in Portland, Ore.

Evans is a leading retailer of building materials, a producer of customized homes, a manufacturer of building products and specialty metal products. It also manufactures and leases railcars and truck trailers.

Moore’s — probably — doesn’t exist anymore. Aside from chilling accounts of “corporate carve-outs” and entrepreneurial vision maximizing corporate outcomes (excuse me) on investment sites, and factual info on Bloomberg business, the old Fox is far too hard to find on this little invention called the Internet to be a viable business in 2015.

But the Foutz family, of course, is still going strong. And the day after that Record article was published, doubled the number of uncommonly handsome sons by adding my little bro, Dan.

Not that the hometown Dover-New Phila Times-Reporter had the slightest inkling of that when they got around to reporting Fred Foutz’s promotion Nov. 29:

Frederick Foutz of Nashport, a native of Dover, has been named assistant manager of the Zanesville store of Moore’s Lumber and Building Materials, a division of Evans Products Co., which also has a store in Dover. He joined the company last year in Newark. Foutz is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati and a member of the Elks. He and his wife, the former Janet Ley, have one child.

Sorry, Dan. CONGRATS, DAD!

And… happy birthday!


An early Foutz family portrait: Fred, Janet and baby Colt, 1976.

An early Foutz family portrait: Fred, Janet and baby Colt, 1976.


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Happy Birthday, (for real), J. Lou Ley

Janet Ley, age 5, 1958

Janet Ley, age 5, 1958

Janet (Ley) Foutz, Birthday Gal

My mom and I have a (fun?) routine where I will pretend not to know the real date of her birthday, and will call her up enthusiastically to wish her well, and insist that I am right, and that she, in her increasing dotage, must be mistaken.

Well, maybe that’s my routine. Meant in all loving son-ness.

Mom is also an avid follower of this blog and attempted matchmaker of genealogical connections to people sometimes related, often not, but always interesting.

So I know she’ll see this and verify what she already has called me on: I do know the date of her birthday. And have used it as an excuse to share some of my favorite J. Lou pics. Such as the one above, which, I swear, reminds my wife Katie and I a lot (a lot, a lot) of our youngest son Caleb, born two years ago this May 30 (and sharing not only a birthday month with Mom, but a birthday with great-grandpa Robert Ohio Weible as well). He shares grandma Janet’s blue eyes, too.

Below, find a pic of Mom which my files tell me is from 1954, and would put her about Caleb’s age. (But I invite arguments….) And, for the heck of it, check out this “wild art” from the November 9, 1963 edition of the Dover Daily Reporter showing one Janet Ley, age 11, second from right, cheering on at a football game.



Janet Ley, circa 1954, about 2.

Janet Ley, circa 1954, about 2.


Dover Daily Reporter, November 1963

Dover Daily Reporter, November 1963

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Birthday Soiree for 6-year-old Donn Foutz

Waddington Joy Foutz Don 1950

Joy Waddington and cousin Donn Foutz, about 1950.

Donn Foutz’s Sixth Gets Times Write-up

Yes, it was common for the local paper in 1950’s Ohio to lend precious ink to even the most everyday occurrences. Such as a six-year-old’s birthday party.

Albeit, this March 1950 shindig was for the illustrious Uncle Donn Foutz.

Hey, Happy 71st, Uncle Donn!

From the Tuesday, March 14 edition of the New Philadelphia Daily Times:

Six-year-old Donn Foutz was a happy boy Saturday when his mother, Mrs. Don Foutz, entertained at a birthday party at the Foutz home, 323 E. Front St., Dover.

Tom Schupbach, Donald Maughan, Jack Colley and Rolly Varner won prizes.

Others attending were: Bobby and Carl Foutz, Susan Hardesty, Carol and Jim Edwards, Katy Andreas, Dick Williams, Jim Lanzer and Matt Fisher.


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100th Anniversary of Don Foutz’s Birth

Donald Dale Foutz

Donald Dale Foutz, March 4, 1914 to November 14, 1980

Donald Dale Foutz: 100th Birthday Slideshow

There was a time, not so many years ago, when I had no photographs to remember my Grandpa Don Foutz.

He died of lung cancer in 1980, when I was just 4. But I had glimmerings of memories, growing up.

A weekend staying with grandpa and Grandma Erma Foutz at their house at 115 Cross St. in Dover: waking up, I wandered from my dad’s old bedroom at the end of the hall to the bathroom next to their bedroom. Grandpa stood at the sink, then leaned over and helped me “wipe the sleep from (my) eyes.” It was the first time I’d heard the expression.

Their house was the province of puzzles — an old TV Cowboy one — and dominoes, the calico cats my grandma or one of her sisters made at the time, the big ugly wolf stuffed animal that was once my dad’s. And grandpa’s big sausage pillow. I remember him stretching out on the couch, propped up on it, his salt and pepper hair in the same crazy corkscrews mine resemble, most days.

I remember picnics in the backyard of our place at 1028 Dover Ave., and grilling out off the back porch of their place. It was always novel for Grandma and Grandpa Ley to join us in a cross-family, crosstown breaking of bread. The benefits of having moved back to our hometown.

Christmases, there and at our place. Mom’s sausage souffle and the tingling bells on our stockings. Grandpa’s voice calling out as he and grandma burst in — never a need for a knock — calling for my brother, “Danny. Hey, Danny!”

We visited him in Maryland near the end of his life, a trip I remember more for the wild horses on the beach at Assateague Island, and the novel elevator buttons and smell of the big NIH hospital where Grandpa was taken for experimental treatment of oat cell carcinoma.

I don’t remember his death, or funeral that November. But Dad and Mom have said he called Dan and me bedside and whispered the locations where grandma secreted her Christmas cookies. A good story.

My window on Don Foutz’s life was a brushstroke of sun, a mere sliver. Six percent of a life still far too short.

Through my family history research, I’ve been able to appreciate the full measure of his years. Discover what his family life was like, growing up. Detail his high school football exploits. Trace his work at Potschner Ford and in the Greer Steel Mill. Relive, through photographs, family gatherings.

Today, I’m blessed with countless photographs of my grandpa. A shot from his wedding day shares space atop our mantel with those of our parents and other grandparents. The picture heading this post sits next to a similarly y0uthful portrait of my grandma on a cozy bookshelf in our living room. There are photos of grandpa among other relatives in the collage by our dining table — family, gathering with my family. And downstairs, cool yellowed photos from his football scrapbook, dramatically framed and lending a bit of gravitas to the usual Technicolor nonsense blaring from the TV and surround sound speakers, most nights, all weekend.

Today would have been Don Foutz’s 100th birthday. I thought it a fitting tribute to share some of the photos I’ve collected in my research. And remember a lifetime, each in our own way.

Don Foutz: 66 Years in Photographs

(Scroll to view the gallery below, or click on any photo for a closeup slideshow.)

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Bob Foutz Hurdles Another Year — Happy 66th!

Foutz Bob hurdler Daily Reporter 10 April 1965

Uncle Bob Foutz shown in action as a high school junior in Dover, Ohio. He celebrates his 66th birthday Feb. 9, 2014.

High school exploits of Uncle Bob Foutz Revealed

Appreciating genealogy for its base accumulation of birth, marriage and death dates would be something akin to loving music by memorizing the birth and death dates of its composers.

Though that still seems to be a major component of music history curricula.

I like to say that I got started in genealogy research in order to rack up more nodes on the family tree in competition with my wife’s cousin, Carl Knutson. But what  sucked me in was family history — discovering the people behind the names on the family tree, and the stories that illustrate who they were, and how they lived.

That can be pretty damn fascinating when you’re unlocking mysteries to life a hundred or more years ago. Ancestors who were essentially strangers become a bit more familiar, a bit more family.

But it can be pretty damn fun when you get around to sharing tid bits about family members you already know — or think you know — well. Digging through archives has turned up a trove of printed treasure from fifty years back. Which brings us to grandparents, and parents, and … aunts and uncles.

It’s an accident of the calendar that Aunt Sally Ley’s birthday tribute is followed up by Uncle Bob Foutz’s just days later. Or, is it fortunate? For our collective amusement, say.

A search for Foutzes in the pages of the 1950s and 1960s Dover Daily Reporter returns dozens upon dozens of accounts of football and track and Little League contests and Soap Box derbies for my dad and uncles. But the Reporter paid due attention to academic life as well.

As an end on Dover’s dominant Tornado football squads of the early 1960s, Uncle Bob Foutz executed a nifty handoff from older brother Don’s record-setting exploits as runningback graduating four years prior; and his adventures as track-rounding hurdler advanced the narrative from Don’s shot-put showcases. (Anyone sense some coming posts in March, when Uncle Don will celebrate 70 years?)

But Bob blazed a trail of his own in academics, garnering some glowing praise in the Schools section, and a feature on his pending departure for Yale upon graduation.

From Sept. 17, 1965, a preview of the Dover Tornadoes football season:

Foutz Bob Tornadoes football Daily Reporter 17 Sep 1965

Uncle Bob Foutz is spotlighted in a Daily Reporter preview of the 1965 Dover Tornadoes football season.

A March 3, 1966, a feature on soon-to-be graduating senior Bob Foutz describes him as “quiet, self-reliant and conscientious” — qualities I guess we’ll accept as well-rounded when taken with his fondness for hitting on the football field:

Foutz Bob outstanding senior Daily Reporter 3 Mar 1966

A May 31, 1966 recap on the awards ceremony included seniors Bob Foutz and — from my mom’s branch — Aunt Jeanne Ley:

Foutz Bob Dover High Awards Daily Reporter 31 May 1966

Among Dover High’s outstanding seniors of 1966 are, far right, Uncle Bob Foutz and Aunt Jeanne Ley.

Wrapping up our Bulldog birthday bonanza, the Daily Reporter caught up with Uncle Bob and another local Yalie-to-be. May his 67th year be welcomed with as much excitement.

Foutz Bob yale bound Daily Reporter 7 Jun 1966

The ivy has grown on 66-year-old Uncle Bob Foutz; back in 1966, he was new to the Ivy Leagues and Yale’s campus.

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