|JOHN C. FOLEY.|
Among the men who have been active in the business
circles of Cheyenne was John C. Foley, who was called to his final
rest on the 7th of June, 1917, his death being deeply regretted by
his many friends. He was born in Enniskillen, Ireland, February
13, 1873, a son of Thomas and Jane (Cassidy) Foley. The father came
to the United States but afterward returned to the Emerald isle,
where he spent his remaining days.
John C. Foley acquired a public school education in Ireland and in Houston, Texas, having come to the United States when a lad of thirteen years. He was employed by the firm of Carson & Foley at Houston, Texas, from 1891 until 1893, the junior partner in that firm being his uncle. In 1898 he became identified with a laundry business at Denver, Colorado, where he remained until 1901. In that year he removed to Laramie, Wyoming, and then took charge of the Geyser Steam Laundry at Cheyenne in the spring of 1902, remaining owner of the business to the time of his death. He developed a large trade in that connection and Mrs. Foley now continues the business which was left her by her husband. Something of the volume of trade which he built up is indicated in the fact that forty people are now employed and four automobiles are utilized in delivery. The plant is thoroughly equipped with the most modern machinery and is one of the best laundries in the entire west.
On the 6th of June, 1906, Mr. Foley was united in marriage to Miss Catherine Losch, of Elkader, Iowa, and to them was born a son. John, who died in infancy. Mr. Foley was a communicant of the Catholic church, to which Mrs. Foley also belongs.
He had membership with the Knights of Columbus, the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, the Woodmen of the World and the Fraternal Order of Eagles. His political allegiance was given to the republican party and he kept well informed concerning the questions and issues of the day, but never sought or desired office, preferring to concentrate his efforts and attention upon his business affairs, which were wisely directed and brought to him a constantly increasing measure of success.
Since the death of Mr. Foley, Mrs. Foley has taken charge of the plant, acting as general manager, thereby assuming a great business responsibility, and it is generally conceded that she is extraordinarily successful in the continued expansion of the enterprise.