James A. Foltz

Foltz was a prominent physician in early 20th century Fort Smith. He also was a Spanish-American War veteran, helped organize the Fort Smith and Western Railway Employees Hospital Association and for several years was chief of staff at Sparks Memorial Hospital.

He died on May 22, 1937 in his home at 1116 N. 13th St. in Fort Smith. Foltz was 59. Born in Memphis on March 25, 1878, he parents moved to Fort Smith in 1879* and attended school here. After serving as a sergeant in the war with Spain, Foltz went on to attend Tulane University in New Orleans where he was valedictorian and class president. Upon graduation in 1901, he returned to Fort Smith and set up practice.

A member of St. John's Epsicopal Church, Foltz was a civic leader and a member of many other local organizations. Among them were the Knights of Pythias, the Fort Smith Chamber of Commerce, Knights Templar and the building committee for the children's unit of the Arkansas State Tuberculosis Sanatorium in Booneville. Foltz also was a member or officer of American College of Surgeons, the American Medical Association and the Sebastian County Medical Association, the United States pension board, the Fort Smith school board and the local board of health.

At the nursing schools at St. Edward Mercy Hospital and Sparks, he was a lecturer on anatomy. Foltz was a special representative of the Arkansas Medical Society to a 1931 conference on medical economics sponsored by the AMA.

On Nov. 5, 1902, he married Miss Janie Price.

Source: Martin, Amelia, Physicians and Medicine: Crawford and Sebastian Counties, Arkansas 1817-1976, p. 334-335. "Heart Attack Proves Fatal To Dr. Foltz," undated obituary from either the Southwest American or the Fort Smith Times Record.
* These two sources give two different years for when the Foltz family moved from Memphis to Fort Smith, 1879 and 1881.