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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.

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John T. Foster, general roadmaster of the Missouri Division of the Iron Mountain Railroad, De Soto, was born in Cook County, Ill., on September 16, 1862, and is a son of George Foster, of Schererville, Lake County, Ind. John T. Foster was reared in Lake County, whither his parents moved when he was small. When young he began as water boy on the Pan Handle Railroad, in Indiana and Illinois on construction trains, then worked three years as section hand, and the following five years at track laying. In 1882 he came to De Soto, and was foreman of the building of the new track seven months, and subsequently was roadmaster of the Cairo Branch of the Iron Mountain Railroad four months. He was roadmaster on the Belmont Branch three and one-half years, then two years division roadmaster, and in August, 1887, was promoted to the position of general roadmaster of the Missouri Division. He is a member of the Catholic Church.

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