J. P. FOLGER.
J. P. Folger, receiver at the United States land office in Evanston, was born in Pickens county, South Carolina, August 4, 1870, a son of Alonzo M. and Elizabeth (Burdine) Folger, who were also natives of South Carolina and represented one of the old families of the south, located there since a very early period in the colonization of the new world. Peter Folger landed in Nantucket, Massachusetts, in 1635 and was the first of the family in the United States. Both Mr. and Mrs. Alonzo Folger are still residents of South Carolina. The father has engaged in business not only as a planter and farmer but has also prepared for medical practice and is a well known physician and surgeon of his locality. He yet occupies the old homestead in Pickens county and is now eighty-two years of age. At the time of the Civil war he was a member of the Medical Corps. His wife was born in 1842 and has therefore passed the seventy-fifth milestone on life's journey.
J. P. Folger was the third son in their family of seven children. In his boyhood days he attended the public schools of Pickens county to the age of fifteen years and then began studying telegraphy, becoming an operator for the Southern Railway Company in South Carolina. In 1888 he went to Arizona for the Santa Fe Railroad Company, where he acted as telegraph operator and station agent at various points. In 1892 he arrived in Wyoming, settling at Green River, where he occupied the position of chief train dispatcher for the Union Pacific Railway Company. Later he removed to Kemmerer, where he also served as train dispatcher and as assistant superintendent, remaining at that place from 1902 until 1914, when he came to Evanston to accept the position of receiver at the United States land office and has since acted in that capacity. One of his strong characteristics is his fidelity to any trust reposed in him and he is therefore making an excellent record in this position, as he also did while representing the railroad companies in telegraph service. Mr. Folger has also occupied other official positions and twice was made mayor of Kemmerer, having been elected in 1906 and again in 1912, so that he occupied that position for two terms of two years each. He was also a member of the city council of Kemmerer for several terms and was county clerk of Lincoln county, making an excellent record in all of these different positions by the promptness, faithfulness and capability which he displayed in the discharge of his duties.
On the 8th of April, 1896, Mr. Folger was united in marriage to Miss Marie Mockler, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Mockler, representatives of a pioneer family. Mr. and Mrs. Folger have become parents of five children: Anna, who was born in Green River in 1898 and is a graduate of the Evanston high school; Alfred, who was born in Green River in 1900 and attended the high school, while at the present time he is a clerk in the First National Bank of Evanston; Patricia, who was born in Green River in 1902 and is now a high school pupil; Gerald, who was born in Green River in 1904 and is attending the high school; and J. P., who was born in Kemmerer in 1911 and is pursuing his studies in the public schools of Evanston.
Mr. Folger is well known as a representative of the Masonic fraternity, belonging to lodge, chapter and commandery. He is one of the best known and most popular citizens of Evanston and this section of the state, standing high in public regard by reason of his record in connection with railway service and by reason of his record in public office.