Mystery Man #1
Congratulations to Elizabeth Duncan, the first to identify Mystery Person #1 as Joe Foley.
Joe Foley was born on April 8, 1893, at Moberly, Kentucky in Madison County. He attended Madison County elementary and high schools, and Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond. On July 4, 1949, he married Lena Mobley, who was principal & teacher in the Hazard City Schools.
Joe Foley came to Perry County in 1917 and was associated with the Harvey Coal Corporation until the mid-twenties, except for a period when he served with the U.S. Navy during World War I. He left the coal company to become one of Hazard's first automobile dealers. Most of his life was devoted to two major interests - highways and politics. His highway work covered a period of more than 30 years - eighteen with the Highway Department and the remainder with Codell Construction Company in Winchester. Joe was active in the affairs of the Democratic party for many years and was one of the founders of the Young Democratic Club movement in Kentucky, and served as state secretary of the organization in its early years. He was a brother-in-law of two well known Kentuckians - former Highway Commissioner John C. Keck, who was also the former Circuit Judge in Elliott, Morgan, and Carter counties, and Harve Mobley, who served as administrative assistant to Congressman Carl D. Perkins for several years. Our mystery man was a member of the Hazard Christian Church, a Mason and a Shriner. He was a past Master of the Blue Diamond Masonic Lodge and a member of the Oliver Hazard Perry Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Joe Foley died in 1961.
I remember while I was in the fourth grade and my sister was in the third grade we got in a fight with two other sisters and fought down Broadway Street and Ms. Foley came alone and saw us. Of course my sister and I were beating up the other two pretty good. So the next day Ms. Foley put us in the used clothes room on the fourth floor and whipped us all day. She would leave and than come back to whip us again. I don't think she did anything to the other two girls. This was at the Lower Broadway Elementary School. Anonymous
I attended the old Lower Broadway Elementary School. In the third grade I had Mrs. Ann Quillen in the morning, and Mrs. Foley in the afternoon. This room was right next to the principals office. Do you all remember the cloak rooms?? I remember Mrs. Foley would actually wash your mouth out with soap if a "bad" word came out. At least that's what we all thought was happening when she took a victim in there!!! Does anyone else remember her red leather paddle? Talk about striking fear in the heart! Kathryn Dixon Haynes
I had Mrs. Foley in the 3rd grade but by then they had completed the Roy G. Eversole building and we were in there. I remember swallowing a dime in her class, and she panicked. I was so shocked that she was worried about that, she always gave the impression that she wasn't afraid of anything. They called my mom and dad and Dr. Snyder. I was so embarrassed. Anonymous
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