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History of Madison
County, Iowa, 1915.

Biographical.  Volume 2.


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Henry A. and Robert Gladstone Foster.

Henry A. and Robert Gladstone Foster are numbered among the most successful and enterprising farmers of Madison township and have the respect of their community.  Henry A. was born in Scotland, December 18, 1873, and Robert Gladstone was born in that country, August 29, 1884, and their parents, Robert and Grace (Megget) Foster were also natives of the land of the hills and heather.  The father followed farming there until 1889, when he removed with his family to America, locating in Nebraska, where they remained for one year.  Thence they went to Adams county, Iowa, where the father purchased land, but after a short time he sold his holdings in that county and removed to Dallas county, this state, leasing a section of land which was called the Givin ranch.  He operated that during the remainder of his lifetime and passed away in April, 1895.  The demise of his wife occurred in Scotland.

Henry A. and Robert G. Foster both accompanied their father to this country, but after two years Henry A. left the parental roof and went to Montana, where he worked upon the range for about two years.  Following that he removed to Kansas and operated a ranch until 1894.  He then sold it and returned to Scotland, but after fourteen months came again to America and leased a farm in Madison county, Iowa, a mile north of Earlham.  He continued to operate that place for five years, but after four years purchased two hundred and four acres on section 7, Madison township, which he has now cultivated for several years.  His brother Robert G. is in partnership with him and they together have made the farm one of the best improved places in this county.  They raise nothing but high grade stock and are among the largest feeders in the county, averaging three hundred head of cattle per year, and in 1914 they fed twelve hundred head of sheep.  In addition to their own land they operate one hundred and sixty acres of leased land and in all that they do display not only energy and initiative, but also excellent business judgment.

Henry A. Foster was married on the 26th of December, 1904, to Miss Jameseen Anderson, a daughter of Peter and Isabella (King) Anderson, both natives of Scotland.  Her father was a farmer and had the reputation of being one of the best judges of stock in all of Scotland.  He died on the 20th of November, 1893, but was survived by his wife until June 12, 1902.  Mr. and Mrs. Foster have a daughter Isabella King, who is nine years of age.

Robert G. Foster is a member of the Masonic order and the Eastern Star.  Both brothers are identified with the Presbyterian church and their influence is always given to the side of right and progress.  Politically they support the republican party, believing firmly in the wisdom of its policies.  They have achieved much in their chosen line of work, as citizens are highly valued and as men hold the confidence and esteem of all who have been brought in contact with them.



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