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Title: Elmer Foster
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In the respect that is accorded to men who have fought their own way to success through unfavorable environment we find as unconscious recognition of the intrinsic worth of a character which not only can endure so rough a test, but gain new strenght through the discipline. The gentleman to whom the reader's attention is now called was not favored by inherited wealth or the assistance of influential friends, but in spite of this, by perseverance, industry and a wise ecenomy, he has attained a comfortable station in life.

Elmer Foster was born at Green Hill, Warren county, Indiana, on January 25, 1867, and is the son of Henry and Mary (Woodham) Foster, who are now living in Ambia, Indiana. Mrs. Mary Foster is a native of England and forty-seven years ago she became the wife of Henry Foster. They were pioneers of Warren county and here reared their family of seven children, of which number the subject of this sketch is the oldest.

Elmer Foster spent his boyhood days on the parental farmstead and secured a good practical education in the public schools at Talbott. During his youth and young manhood he was employed among his neighbors at day labor and after his marriage he rented a farm and started out on his own account as a farmer. He fell in love with the place which he had rented and before the expiration of a year he had determined to own it, and bought it on payments. By dint of tireless industry, wise management and the most careful economy, he, in the course of time, made the last of the payments and found himself the owner of his present fine farm of three hundred and seventy acres. This was a splendid achievement and speaks well not only for the indefatigable perseverance of Mr. Foster, but is a testimonial to the productive capacity of Warren county land. He has made many permanent and substantial improvements on the farm, equipped it with a full complement of up-to-date machinery and implements and stocked it with a number of highgrade farm animals, so that today the farm is considered one of the best in the township.

On December 31, 1890, Elmer Foster was married to Martha A. Myers, who was born September 19, 1869. Her father, Montgomery Myers, is now a resident of Martin county, Indiana, and her mother is dead. These parents were of pioneer stock and were themselves early settlers in Warren county. Mrs. Foster received a good common school education and the home training of a careful mother, which eminently fitted her to take her proper place in her own home and assist her husband in his achievements. To Mr. and Mrs. Foster were born the following children: Nellie, Bessie, Earl, Henry, Russell, Ernest, Clement and Mary.

Politically, Elmer Foster gives his support to the Republican party and takes an intelligent interest in public affairs, though he does not seek the honors or emoluments of public office. He and the members of his family are attendants at the Christian church, to which they give of their means. Mr. Foster began life practically at the bottom of the ladder, which he has climbed to the top with no help but a brave heart, industrious hands and an intelligent brain, and because of the record he has made and his high personal character he enjoys a high standing in the community.

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Date: 1/1/1913
Origin: Past and Present of Fountain and Warren Counties Indiana
Author: Thomas A. Clifton, Editor
Record ID: 00001059
Type: Book
Source Archive: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Date Entered: 8/10/2001
Collection: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Entered By: Leslie J. Rice

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