FOSTER, James B.
James B. FOSTER, a progressive and
influential agriculturist, now residing on section 15, Belle
Plain township, was born on the old family homestead on the
adjoining section , September 2, 1856. His father, Benjamin
FOSTER, was born in Franklin
county, Ohio, twelve miles from Columbus, on the 4th of January, 1820, and at an early day
came to Illinois, taking up his
residence in Richland township,
county, where he remained through the following winter. He then
removed to Hopewell township, near
Henry, and about twelve years later came to Belle Plain
township, locating on section 16. The land was then wild, the
only improvement upon the place being a small frame house in
poor repair, but he energetically began the task of developing a
farm and soon placed the tract under a high state of
cultivation. He also engaged quite extensively in stockraising
in an early day and drove his cattle to market at
Chicago. He butchered them on the prairie
and sold to the dealers in the city. He was very prosperous,
accumulating considerable property, and at one time was the
owner of fourteen hundred acres of valuable land, which before
his death was divided among his children.
Benjamin FOSTER was united in marriage with
Miss Mary LINDSEY, who was born in North Carolina about 1824. By this marriage
they became the parents of eight children, five of whom are now
living, namely: Thomas, Harding, James B., Kendrick D., and
Charles. The father died April 26, 1889, in his seventieth year,
but the mother is still living.
James B. FOSTER has spent his entire life
county, and has witnessed its growth and development for forty
years. To the common schools he is indebted for the educational
privileges which he enjoyed. As soon as old enough to handle the
plow he began work on the home farm and continued his labors
there until his marriage. He is now the owner of a rich and
fertile tract of two hundred and sixty acres, and the well
tilled fields yield a golden tribute to his care and
cultivation. There are good improvements upon the place and its
neat appearance well indicates his careful supervision.
On the 30th of January, 1880, was
celebrated the marriage of Mr. FOSTER and Miss Julia REED,
daughter of Wesley REED, of
Varna. She was born in
in 1861, and two interesting children grace this marriage: Iva,
born in October, 1887, and Edith, born November 23, 1892.
Politically, Mr. FOSTER is democratic and cast his first ballot
for president for Samuel J. Tilden; never an aspirant for or
wanted office, but gives his time to his farm and business.
Extracted May 2011 by Norma Hass from
The Biographical Record of Bureau, Marshall and Putnam Counties, Illinois, 1896.