ARCADIA — One of the oldest men in Arcadia still resides in the home he was born in.

His name is Walter Foulk and he was born April 4, 1928 and he’s 10 years shy of being 100 years old. Walter considers himself the “caboose” because he was baby number seven to his parents John Andrew and Lydia Ann Foulk.

Many things have changed since he was young. He called his home a “ghost town,” but the memories of the town’s grocery store, Chevrolet garage, lumber yard, passenger train depot and the two dentist’s offices are still there.

“It was really alive when I was growing up,” he said.

Throughout his young adult years he helped his brother with various concrete work and joined the United States Army. In the Army, from 1951 through 1954, he helped rebuild homes and roads in Korea.

He met his “sweetie” Mary Alice, and moved to Springfield, Missouri, leaving the nest in Arcadia. Together they raised three children, which Mary currently resides with their daughter who cares for her.

Walter currently resides with his rat terrier, Baby, in his family’s home.

At his birthday party on Saturday, he had over 30 guests come to wish him happy birthday.

— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.