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Below is a family biography included in History of Page County, Iowa published by Iowa Historical Company in 1880.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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FOSTER, C. W., (of firm Dunlap, Miller & Foster, hardware dealers), P. O. Clarinda; born May19, 1833, in Fulton county, Illinois. There he grew to manhood, and received his education in the common schools. At the age of fifteen he went to learn the tinner’s trade with Bissell &Willard, of Peoria, with whom he remained about four years., When nineteen years of age he went to Abingdon, Illinois, where he opened the first hardware and tin store in the place. Four years later he went to Bushnell, Illinois, where he started, as in Abingdon, the pioneer hardware and tin store of that place. Came to Clarinda in May, 1857, opening a dry goods store, in which business he continued two years. In the spring of 1860 he moved to Tarkio township, and engaged in farming seven years, when he returned to Clarinda, to form one of the firm of Collins & Thompson. At the end of a year he withdrew from the firm, and purchased a farm in Nebraska township, on which he remained until January 15, 1877, when the present firm of which he is a member was formed. He has been deeply interested in the agricultural matters of the county; has been president of the county agricultural society, and is now one of its executive committee. Was married December 1, 1859, to Miss Ann L. Alden, of Ohio, by whom he has four children: Mary, Julia, Harriet and Ann.

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This family biography is one of 558 biographies included in The History of Page County, Iowa published in 1880.  For the complete description, click here: Page County, Iowa History and Genealogy

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