WILLIAM B. FOYE, formerly one of Marion's best-known citizens, was born February 2, 1844, at the old Foye homestead, "The Pines," situated two miles south of Mount Gilead, Morrow Comity, Ohio, and died suddenly, of heart failure, February 1, 1901. He belonged to one of the old and long established families of Ohio.
During the larger part of his life, Mr. Foye was identified, in a business way. with drug interests. When 17 years of age he entered this line at Cardington, removing later to Lima and still later to Canton, establishing at each point a reputation for business ability and personal integrity. In 1884, after a long business career at Canton, Mr. Foye came to Marion and shortly afterward constructed a business block and invested largely in residence property, as he had previously done at Mount Gilead, Lima and Canton. He embarked in a drug business on West Center street, which he successfully conducted until his death.
On May 20, 1873, Mr. Foye was married to Josephine Snyder, a daughter of Gen. Daniel Snyder, formerly a very prominent citizen of Champaign County, Ohio. Mrs. Foye survives, with four children, three sons and one daughter, namely: Frank M., who is engaged in business at Canton ; William B., who is with The Houghton-Merkel Company: Florence, who is the wife of C. F. Merkle; and George K., a student at school.
Mr. Foye was a man of sterling character, active in church and benevolent work, a reliable and interested citizen and one who won regard in social life and the domestic circle At the time the present sanitary code was adopted by the City Council, he was a member of the Board of Health and worked in its interest. For a long period Mr. Foye was a member of the Baptist Church and was a liberal contributor to both its home and missionary work.