Boger, Adelaide “Addie” Elizabeth

Addie Boger, c. 1890s. Photo courtesy of 2x great granddaughter, Quincy Foil White.

Addie Boger Foil, Concord Tribune (Concord, NC) 9 Jul 1939, 9.













Class of 1896

Birth: 21 Oct 1878, Cabarrus County, North Carolina
Death: 18 Oct 1954, Concord, Cabarrus County, North Carolina

Martin Luther Boger (1844-1921)
Amanda E. Orchard Boger (1849-1904)

William Archibald Foil, Sr. (1875-1925)

Luther Edward Boger, Sr. (1887-1925)
Pearl Boger Lafferty (1890-1976)

William Archibald Foil Jr. (1899-1951)
Martin Boger Foil (1901-1967)
Joseph Orchard Foil (1904-1996)
Adelaide Elizabeth Foil Morrison (1910-1988)

Oakwood Cemetery
Concord, Cabarrus County, North Carolina

Source:, #136366979


Concord Tribune (Concord, NC) 9 Jul 1939, 9.


Mrs. William Archibald Foil, familiarly known to her many friends in Concord and Cabarrus County as “Miss Addie” has since young womanhood been recognized as a leader in the civic, social, and religious life of this community. She has rendered valuable service to the Democratic party which her husband so faithfully served up until the time of his death when he was representing Cabarrus County in the State Senate.

Born Addie Elizabeth Boger, Mrs. Foil, a native of Number 10 Township, is the elder daughter of the late Martin Boger and Amanda Orchard Boger, her mother being the only child of English parents. Captain W. H. Orchard and Elizabeth Fischer Orchard who came from Truro, Cornwall Shire, England and owned and operated the Phoenix gold mine. Mrs. Foil’s paternal grandparents were named Martin and Mary Ann Boger. Her father, Martin Boger, II served the Confederacy as a member of Company “E” Fourth Calvary North Carolina Regiment. Shortly before the conflict ended, he was wounded and was afterwards very ill with typhoid, so that his life was almost despaired of. But he returned to Cabarrus, married Miss Orchard, and reared three children, Addie, the subject of this sketch; Pearl, who became Mrs. Parks M. Lafferty, and Luther E. Boger, who died in 1925.

As a girl, Addie Boger attended Mont Amoena Seminary in Mt. Pleasant for four years and then spent a year at Elizabeth College, Charlotte.

On September 28, 1898, three months after leaving Elizabeth College, she was married to William Archibald Foil who at the time operated Hotel Arlington in Charlotte, in the building on the corner of Trade and Mint streets that was later used for a long time as the Presbyterian Hospital. It is now used again as a hotel.

The Foils operated the Arlington Hotel for a year and then took charge of the Roaring Gap Hotel for another year.

They came to Concord in 1900 and lived in the house now occupied by the Laffertys, previously the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Cannon and family. Mr. Foil engaged in business of varied types, and became an outstanding political leader of the community. At the time of his death, November 17, 1925, he was in the wholesale grocery business and was serving as State Senator.

The Foils have reared four children, all of whom are carving creditable careers for themselves here and elsewhere in North Carolina. The eldest, William Archie, Jr., while he was a student at the University of North Carolina, was a member of the Students Army Training Corps, and when American entered the World War was called to the colors, serving with honor and distinction. He is now connected with the Diamond Match Company in Charlotte and lives there with his family.

The second son, Martin Boger Foil, named for his grandfather, was educated at Davidson College and is now a yarn salesman for the Cannon Mills. He married Miss Jean Martin and they, with their two children, live in Concord.

The third son, Joe Orchard Foil, was educated at North Carolina State College, is married and is an independent yarn broker with headquarters in Greensboro.

The youngest child, a daughter, Miss Adelaide Elizabeth Foil, lives with her mother at the home on North Union Street which the family built thirty-five years ago – long before she was born. She was educated at St. Mary’s College, Raleigh and old Salem College, Winston-Salem.

Although Mrs. Foil is a splendid cook and housekeeper and delights in the duties of homemaking, she has by no means confined her activities to the home, but has had many and varied interests. She is much too energetic and possesses too valuable qualities of leadership not to let the community have the benefit of these qualities. She always has and still does take an active interest in social affairs. Her parties are beautiful and enjoyed by all who attend them.

In early girlhood, Mrs. Foil joined St. Martin’s Lutheran Church near Georgeville, working in that church until about twenty-five years ago when she moved her membership to St. James Lutheran Church, Concord.

She was president of the Women’s Bible Class of St. James for two years.

A charter member of the Concord Woman’s Club she held many offices in that organization including treasurer of the club, chairman of the house committee, chairman of the American Home Department and was elected to the presidency of the club in 1928, serving until 1930 when she was succeeded by the late Miss Jenn Coltrane. She also served as secretary of the Fifth District of Federated Clubs under the presidency of Mrs. P. R. Rankin of Mt. Gilead.

In 1928, Mrs. Foil was appointed by Governor Angus W. McLean to serve on the State Fair Executive Board, and during the four years she held this office she had many nice trips to Raleigh and elsewhere in the state.

Because her eldest son is a World War veteran, Mrs. Foil became identified with the work of the American War Mothers, has held many officers in the local chapter, and was State Treasurer of the organization for five years. She was president for a time of the Dodson Ramseur Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

Mrs. Foil has been on the Cemetery Board of the City of Concord for the past eight years. She is vice-chairman of the women’s division of the Democratic party organization in the second ward of the city.

Mrs. Foil’s most outstanding work, perhaps, has been her unselfish service to the American Red Cross; for she spent nine years in the work with no other remuneration than the satisfaction of knowing that her work was well done. She was firs Roll Call chairman, then for three years was Chairman of the Cabarrus County committee of the organization. The final three years of her service was spent as executive secretary, in the course of which she had much work to do after several disastrous storms which laid waste certain portions of the county and caused much suffering. She received no financial reward for any Red Cross work with the exception of the times she stayed in the office and administered direct relief in the form of supplying clothing to needy persons.

If Mrs. Foil has time to indulge in a hobby, after engaging in all the activities mentioned above, it is cooking, and her culinary skill is known far and wide.

Together, in the 27 years of their married life, Mr. and Mrs. Foil watched Concord grow and took an important part in its development. Since his passing, Mrs. Foil has had the same active interest in the welfare of her town and county, and has given of her best to it always.


The Charlotte Observer (Charlotte, NC), 19 Oct 1954, 11.


CONCORD, Oct. 18 – Mrs Addie Boger Foil died today in Cabarrus Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Foil had been in declining health for a year and seriously ill since Friday. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the home at 218 N. Union St. Rev. George R. Whitecar, pastor of St. James Lutheran Church, and Dr. Malcolm Murchison, pastor of First Presbyterian Church will officiate. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery. Mrs. Foil was born Oct. 21, 1878, at Flowes Store in No. 10 township. Had she lived until Thursday, she would have been 76. The daughter of the late Martin and Amanda Orchard Boger. Mrs Foil was educated at Mont Amoena Seminary, Mt. Pleasant, and Elizabeth College at Charlotte. She was active for many years in civic, political, social and church affairs of the community. Mrs. Foil’s husband, Maj. W. A. Foil, died 28 years ago. A son, W. A. Foil Jr., died in 1951.
Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. E. L. Morrison Jr. of Concord; two sons, Martin Boger Foil of Concord and Joseph Orchard Foil of Greensboro; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.