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Foster, Frank E.

Frank E. Foster, born at Enon, Clark county, Ohio, December 7, 1863, is the son of Henry Clay Foster, a well known medical practitioner of Clark county, Ohio, and a regimental surgeon in the war of the Rebellion.  The mother bore the maiden name of Mary Bruner and was a native of Ohio.  There were four children in this family, three of whom are now living.

The parents passed away when Frank E. Foster was but a lad and he was left to shift for himself.  To most boys this would come as a great calamity but he was one who made the best of everything.  Up to the age of twelve he had divided his time between the schoolroom and work, being employed as chore boy from six until twelve year of age.  In 1875 he made his way west by himself and attended the grammar school at Glidden, Iowa.  At the end of two years spent in study at that place he was made cashier in what is now the First National Bank of Glidden.  He subsequently served as clerk for three years in a drug store and then engaged in the drug business on his own account.  In 1891 he removed to Scranton, where he bought out the business of Eugene Voris, which had been established in 1880 by Charles Ensign.  He now conducts a drug store and does a large business in books, school supplies, wall paper, paints, holiday goods, etc.

In 1885, Mr. Foster was married to Maude C. McIntyre, a native of Wisconsin.  Three children have been born to this union: Harry W., who is seventeen years old; Wayne, six years of age; and William J., now two years of age.  In his political views Mr. Foster is a stalwart republican and has served in the capacity of township trustee, justice of the peace, and also as mayor for one term.  He is a strong believer in fraternal organizations and is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Masonic lodge and the Modern Woodmen.  Beginning with nothing, he has risen step by step in the business world until today Scranton is glad to mention him among its representative business ment

Transcribed from "Past and Present of Greene County, Iowa Together With Biographical Sketches of Many of Its Prominent and Leading Citizens and Illustrious Dead," by E. B. Stillman assisted by an Advisory Board consisting of Paul E. Stillman, Gillum S. Toliver, Benjamin F. Osborn, Mahlon Head, P. A. Smith and Lee B. Kinsey, Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1907, pp. 245-246.
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