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#2000-15 Linwood Foil Collection

Linwood Foil Collection

MSS #2000-15

December 2000

Abstract: E. Linwood Foil (1909-2000) was mayor pro term of Salisbury, NC from 1953-1955 and mayor from 1955-1963. This collection consists of newspaper articles, letters, photographs and other documents covering this period of his life.

Subject Headings in Catalog:

Foil Family
Foil, Everett Linwood (1909-2000)
Mayor North Carolina Salisbury

Size: 6 boxes. 3 linear feet.

Provenance: Ms. Betty Carter and Ms. Frances Lynne Foil Tatum, daughters of Linwood Foil.

Access: No Restrictions.

Copyright: Retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.


Everett Linwood Foil was born August 18, 1909 in Salisbury, NC. He died February 22, 2000 in Salisbury. Foil was the son of Ernest Linwood and Ida Bell Plummer Foil. Educated in the Rowan County schools, he was a 1927 graduate of Boyden High School and attended Davidson College. Foil married Frances Mallory Batte on July 22, 1934. They had two daughters, Frances and Betty.

In 1928, he became a partner in the family businesses, E.L. Foil and Sons Grocery Store, Foil Motor Co., Acme Finance and Rowan Salvage Co. He operated retail grocery stores and appliance, television and security system businesses. He was associated with several other business firms.

Mayor pro tem of the Salisbury City Council from 1953-1955, he was mayor of Salisbury from 1955-1963, serving the longest term by a mayor since the Civil War era. The scrapbooks in this collection cover these years and are a wonderful record of the issues and events he dealt with as mayor. They consist primarily of newspaper articles.

During his term as mayor, the National Municipal League chose Salisbury as a 1962 All American City. The city was selected because of several improvements made on the county and city level to offset the closing of the Spencer Shops in the 1950s and to diversify the economy.

Foil was a member of First United Methodist Church, where he was a former member of the administrative board. A 32nd-degree Mason, he was a member of Rowan Shrine Club.

He had also been a member and past president of Salisbury Civitan Club and had received the organization's highest award, the Honor Key. A member of Knights of Pythias, he was past president of the Salisbury-Rowan Merchants Association. He was also a member of Rowan Chamber of Commerce. He served on the Rowan County Board of Education and the Rowan County Board of Health, and was a former director of the North Carolina League of Municipalities.

He was selected as Salisbury Man of the Year by the Salisbury Lions Club in 1959. The editors of the Yellow Jacket named him an Outstanding Alumna of Boyden High School in 1957 and 1959.

*Information copied in part from Foil's obituary in the Salisbury Post.

Folder List:

Box 1

Annual Reports (Salisbury)

Letters (2)

Linwood Foil Pictures

Misc. (1957 Annual Salisbury Police Report &1960 Annexation)

Misc. (3)

Box 2

Misc. (National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Awards & Project Tarheel Sept. 1962)

Misc. (1968 The Negro and the Poor in America Prepared by the North Carolina Fund)

Newspapers 1955-1957

Misc. Newspaper articles (Misc. Civil War Chronicles & Salisbury Post All American City articles)

Misc. Newspaper articles (Misc. Civil War Chronicles, Ad. for Linwood Foil & Article on last Negro Member)

Misc. Newspaper articles (New Auditorium, Boyden Highs first Graduating class & NSSA)

Newspapers articles on Election

Newspaper articles on Salisbury being All American City in 1962

Pictures 1955-1957

Box 3

Scrapbook 1955-1957

Folder: Picture of Linwood Foil

1957 Chamber of Commerce Roster

Rowan County Manufacturing and Service Industries

1957 Program of Dedication of Salisbury #3 Fire Station

Chamber of Commerce Visitors Guide of Salisbury

Box 4

Scrapbook 1957-1959

Folder: Linwood Foil's Honorary Citizen of New Orleans

Box 5

Scrapbook 1959-1961

Folder: Pictures 1958-1959


Newspaper Articles

Box 6

Scrapbook 1961-1963

Folder: NC Law Magazines

Salisbury, NC All-American City

2 All American City Patches

2 All American City Stickers

Thank You for Board of Education Service 12-16-70

Introduction Notes - Former member of Salisbury, England City Council

Postcard (1) Main St, looking east Salisbury, MD

2 Newspaper Clippings