Timeline of William A. Foor    
                             
        1860                    
  William A. Foor was born in Fairfield Co., Ohio, in 1861.                        
                         
                         
                             
                             
                             
                             
  Shown in the 1870 census for Violet Twp., Fairfield Co., Ohio                        
                         
    1870   Had some years of education, but as the oldest son he worked on his parent's farm        
                   
                   
                             
            About 1876 his family moved to nearby Canal Winchester, Ohio. He began work, at age 15, as a drayman.        
                   
  Shown in the 1880 census for Madison Twp., Franklin Co., OH.              
               
                         
        Worked at various jobs, such as O.P. Chaney's granary, with part-time handy work put in at Game Brothers, a general store.   At age 25, about 1886, he and 6 other local boys went to Dayton, Ohio, to start a hedge and wire fencing company. This job took them to many country farms, and it's this profession that took him to Morganfield, KY., where he met his future wife, the daughter of a hotel proprietor.    
    1880        
                 
                 
                 
                       
                       
  Met and married Margaret Thornton Duval about 1887.                  
                   
        1890 became owner of the Grand Hotel, Indianapolis, IN.      
                       
  May 1893 - stock market crash leaves country in depression for 4 years. Economic strife.   1890              
                         
        Lasted as long as he could into the depression, but ended up becoming penniless. He returned to the fencing business ca 1894-1896        
               
               
                             
Probably between 1897-1899 he became the manager of the new Southern Hotel in Columbus, Ohio, remaining there 2 years.                        
      Returned to Indianapolis, IN., ca 1900-1904; associated with the Charlemont Hotel, and then as proprietor of the old Imperial until 1906.          
               
               
        1900            
Appears with wife, two daughters, and a boarder in the Indianapolis, IN 1900 census.                        
      In 1906 he went to Macon, GA., and became manager of the Lanier Hotel. Brother Chester C. Foor was part owner.          
               
                     
  In 1907 he leased the old Duval Hotel at Jacksonville, FL., for 8 years.                
                 
                         
            In 1910 he appears in the Jacksonville, Duval Co., FL census with wife and youngest daughter; appears to be living in the hotel.      
                 
1910 - purchased the Aragon Hotel, Jacksonville, FL., as well as the manager of the Kimbal House (where he later resigned).   1910        
                             
His mother's 1920 obituary states he is of Greensboro, NC., but he can be found in the Jacksonville, Duval Co., FL census, listed as 'single'.       1916 he bought the newly built Hotel Cleveland, Spartanburg, SC, which opened in 1917.          
               
               
               
                       
              Between 1916 and about 1923, he acquired "in rapid succession" controlling interest in the O. Henry at Greensboro, NC., the Sheraton, at High Point, NC., the Charlotte, Charlotte, NC., The Francis Marion, Charleston, SC., The George W. Vanderbilt, Ashville, NC., and the John Sevier, Johnson City, TN.  
               
               
        1920      
                             
About 1924-1925 he accepted managership of the Leverich Towers Hotel in New York City, still retaining his other interests.       At some point before 1925, shortly after acquiring the above-mentioned hotels, he "went north" and acquired controlling interest in the George Washington, Washington, PA., the Cumberland, Bridgeton, NJ., and the Garfield Grant, Long Branch, NJ.      
           
           
           
                             
                             
  According to a descendant, he again became penniless; the cause being the 1930 stock market collapse.       In 1930, he can be found in the Washington, Washington Co., PA census; listed as 69 years old, married. Estranged from wife.      
             
    1930        
                         
        1932 he assumes charge of the Berry Hotel in Athens, Ohio, securing a 10 year lease. According to news article, his only other present operation is the George Washington Hotel in Washington, PA.      
             
                 
                 
                 
                             
            William A. Foor died on a Sunday, March 20, 1938, after a few weeks illness. Apparently resided in Canal Winchester at the time. Surviving wife, Margaret (Duval) resides in Indianapolis as does his oldest daughter Lillian (Foor) Morrison. Youngest, and unmarried, daughter Mary resides in Boston.          
                     
        1940            
                     
                     
                     
                     
                     
                     
                             
                             


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