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Biographical and Historical Record of Ringgold and Decatur Counties, Iowa
Lewis Publishing Company, 1887. pp. 286 - 287.


civil war flags.jpg "A. FOSTER, merchant, Caledonia, was born in Muskingum County, Ohio, April 21, 1841, son of James and Anna (Burgess) Foster. He was the eldest of six children. When he was four years old his parents removed to Holmesville, Holmes County, where he was reared and educated.

He was married October 3, 1859, to Miss Lovisa Wheaton, a native of Holmes County, and daughter of David and Sarah Wheaton, who died in 1866, leaving three children - James Franklin, and two now deceased.

October 1, 1861, Mr. Foster enlisted in Company F, Sixty-fifth Ohio Infantry, and was in several of the most noted battles of the late war. He was in the engagement at Shiloh, Chickamauga, Franklin, Mission Ridge, Stone River, Nashville, Kenesaw Mountain, Big Shanty, and Peach Tree Creek. He was honorably discharged in November, 1865.

He resided in Holmes County until 1870, when he came to Ringgold County, locating in Caledonia, where he was engaged in buying and shipping stock until 1872, and then engaged in the mercantile business. Starting in a small way he has gradually increased his stock as his trade increased, until he now carries a large stock of general merchandise, and by fair dealing has secured the confidence of his patrons.

October 3, 1869, he was married to Miss Lou Huston, of Holmes County, Ohio, and their children are - Homer, Granville, Byron Lindell, Bessie Allelia, and Bertha.

Mr. Foster is a member of Lodge No. 293, I. O. O. F., and is a member of the Christian church. Politically he is a Republican."

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