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Biography of Frank W. Foster
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Frank W. Foster, a leading farmer and dairyman of Hill, was born in the town of Bristol, N.H., September 20, 1859. His father, Wilson Foster, was born in Alexandria, N.H.; and Wilson’s father, Joseph Foster, was a farmer well known in Bristol for many years. From Bristol Joseph removed to Merrimack, where he spent the latter part of his life, dying at the age of eighty years. His wife, in maidenhood Lydia Pattee, became the mother of nine children. Of these Wilson, the youngest son, was educated in the public schools, and followed farming in Bristol for sixteen years. He then sold his property in that town, came to Hill, and there purchased a farm, upon which he has since made substantial improvements, including the erection of a house. He married Harriet Kelley, daughter of Alfred Kelley, of Hill; and their children are: Martha A., Ellen F., Emma, Frank W., and Hadley J. Martha is married, lives in Bristol, and has one son, Everett; Emma, now deceased, married George Ballou, and had four children-Oscar, Grace M., Herbert, and Hattie; Ellen is now Mrs. Errol Morse; Hadley married Annie Little, and has one child.
Mr. Frank Foster grew to manhood on his father’s farm. Interested in farming from his youth, he adopted it as his occupation, and has prosperously followed it since. On his farm of about two hundred and fifty acres he raises large quantities of vegetables, and he pastures as fine a herd of cattle as one could wish to see. His dairy yields about fifty pounds of “gilt-edge” butter each week.
Mr. Foster married Cora B. Call, daughter of Joseph Call. Mr. and Mrs. Foster have two children-Alson F. and Ralph J. -upon whom is bestowed the most affectionate care. Both parents are members of the Christian Church of Hill, and are prominent in the grange. In politics Mr. Foster is a Democrat, and he cast his first Presidential vote for General Hancock. He is known in the community as a man of the strictest integrity, as one ready to give active support to every good cause, and a leader in benevolent and philanthropic work. He is interested in the public affairs of the town, and has served on the Board of Selectmen.
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