J. K. FOSTER
J. K. Foster, of Weed, who is now living retired from active business affairs, had many years of experience in mining and other enterprises, in which, through his sound judgment and good management, he was successful to a degree that now permits him to take things easy and spend the golden sunset years of his life in well earned leisure. Born in Dayton, Ohio, on the 19th of December, 1859, he is a son of Isaac and Elizabeth (Fiat) Foster, the former a native of Ohio, the latter a native of Pennsylvania. The father, who was actively identified with political affairs, served for a number of years as county clerk of Montgomery county, Ohio. Both parents died at the age of thirty-seven years. They had six children, three of whom reached the age of maturity.
J. K. Foster received his early education in the public schools, after which he was a student at Ohio State University, completing his studies in the in the commercial department at Miami College, at Dayton, from which he was graduated in 1879, at the age of twenty years. He then became a bookkeeper in a grain elevator, which position he held for four years, after which he went to Independence, Kansas, where he was employed as a bookkeeper in a drug store, and later in a bank. In 1882 he went to Indian Territory, where he engaged in ranching for five years. In 1887 he crossed the plains to Colorado, where for seventeen years he devoted his attention to mining. In 1904 he went to old Mexico, where he spent two years in mining, and in 1906 came to California and did some mining at Randsburg, after which he retired from active business pursuits and is now making his home in Weed.
In 1883 Mr. Foster was united in marriage to Miss Caldona Martin, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Levi Martin. To them were born six children, as follows: Joseph, who is engaged in the oil business in Taft, California; Fred, who is in the oil business at McKittrick; Maude, the wife of Francis Henry, of Aurora Grande, California; Grace, who is a business woman in Pueblo, Colorado; Clyde, who enlisted for the World war and died of influenza at Camp Fremont; and Kenneth, who is engaged in the practice of dentistry in Los Angeles. Mr. Foster votes the republican ticket at national elections, but is inclined to act independently in local affairs. He is a man of strong character and sterling qualities, holds well defined views on politics and ethics, and commands the uniform respect of his fellowmen, being regarded as one Weed’s worthy and substantial citizens.
Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.
© 2010 Gerald Iaquinta.