My Genealogy Hound

Below is a family biography included in The History of Jefferson County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  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.

* * * *

George R. Foster, division roadmaster of the First Missouri Division, Iron Mountain Railroad, was born in Cook County, Ill., seven miles from the court house, January 18, 1858, and is a son of George Foster, of Schererville, Ind., who for the past twenty-two years has been section foreman on the Chicago, St. Louis & Pacific Railroad. George J. Foster was but nine years of age when his parents moved to Schererville, Lake Co., Ind. He received his education in the common schools. His first work on the railroad was as water boy on the Chicago, St. Louis & Pacific Railroad, and later he worked three years as a section hand. When seventeen years of age he was given charge of a section, which he had charge of one year, and then went on a construction train, doing new work for various roads, viz.: Chicago & Western Indiana, Wabash, Grand Trunk, and Chicago & North-Western. Mr. Foster came to DeSoto in 1882, where he was foreman of the track laying in the yards, and was also roadmaster for some time. He went to Arkansas in 1885, and was foreman of an extra gang on the St. Louis, Arkansas & Texas Railroad a short time. In 1886 he accepted the position of roadmaster of the Belmont Division of the Iron Mountain Railroad, which position he held until September, 1887, when he took charge of the first division of that road at De Soto. April 30, 1885, he married Ella, daughter of Christopher Findlin, of De Soto. They have one child—Clara. Mr. Foster is a member of the I. O. O. F. Mrs. Foster is a member of the Catholic Church.

* * * *

This family biography is one of 224 biographies included in The History of Jefferson County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: Jefferson County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

To view additional Jefferson County, Missouri family biographies, click here

Use the links at the top right of this page to search or browse thousands of other family biographies.