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Eagle

Artist/Maker:
Fogle, Augustus
Place Made:
Salem North Carolina United States of America
Date Made:
1860
Medium:
undetermined wood
Dimensions:
HOA; 14″; LOA; 19″; WOA 11″
Accession Number:
5759
Description:
In describing the objects he made, Augustus noted in his recollections that although he worked in the cabinet trade, he often made things “as specimens of workmanship…and as rememberances [rather] than for any compensation I would get from them.” The carved eagle is the kind of object to which he may have been referring when he wrote this. Fogle is also known to have carved other animals as well.

Augustus Fogle (also in records as Fockel) was born in Bethabara 1820 to Christian Fogle and Ann Stohr Fogler, the youngest of their five children. He attended the Salem Boys School briefly as a child. In a lengthy memoir of his life, Fogle records many wonderful stories. When he was about 10 he found a “piece of corky chestnut” in the woods out of which he made himself a small desk. While visiting Augustus’s parents one day, Salem cabinetmaker, Jacob Siewers saw the desk and inquired as to who had made it. When Fogle’s mother mother explained that Augustus had made it, Siewers immediately asked permission to employ the young boy in his shop as an apprentice. Augustus was formally bound to Siewers. He was working in the shop when in 1838 Siewers went to work for Thomas Day of Milton, NC. Fogle recounts the story: “In 1838 work was slack. He [Jacob Siewers] and John [Siewers] went to Milton in Caswell County and hired to Thomas Day a colored man, who ran a large furniture shop, and left me to run the shop at home with David Cook and Sand Waggeman which I done for 3 months when Mr. Siewers came and took all of us and hired us for 9 months. ” Fogle completed his time in the Siewers shop in 1841 at the age of 21. As per the original indenture with Siewers he was provided with $30.00, his workbench, and some tools.

Fogle lived on a farm outside of Salem and continued to work in the building trade (housing construction and interior woodwork), although in his later years he also built pulpit furniture for area churches. He loved to travel, a propensity that served him well during the Civil War when, as steward of Salem Academy, he traveled all over securing scarce provisions for the students. In the later nineteenth century Fogle served as the mayor and justic of the peace of Salem and later the Sherrif of Forsyth County.

Augustus Fogle married twice. His first wife Lucinda Snider (1822- 1883) was from Friedburg. They had five children Two of their children, Charles A. Fogle (1850-1892) and Christian H. Fogle (1846-1898) were partners in the contracting firm known as Fogle Brothers.

After the death of his first wife, Augustus married again in 1884 to Mary E. Grabs (1852-1937) and the couple had one son, Earnest A. Fogle (1887-1853).

REFERENCES: TThis information was compiled from documents in the Fogler Family verical file in the OSMG library including the Memoir of Augusts Fogle (original in the Moravian Archives) and a reproduction of The Diary of Augustus Fogle (original is privately owned).

DESCRIPTION: Carved eagle with slightly spread wings perched above and clutching a dead dove (dove and head of eagle show evidence of gilding); beak slighly open.

Credit Line:
Old Salem Purchase Fund