Everett W. Foster Collection
7 cubic f e e t
Provenance: The Ohio H i s t o r i c a l Society acquired the Everett
W. Foster Collection as a g i f t of M r . and M r s . Frank L. Selleck,
F o s t e r ' s daughter and son- in- law, Watsonville, C a l i f o r n i a , i n
May 1942. Marjorie J. Haberman prepared the inventory i n
Property r i g h t s : The Ohio H i s t o r i c a l Society owns the property
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and bibliographic references .
Biographical sketch: Everett Worthington Foster was born i n
Belchertown, Massachusetts, on March 17, 1835, t o Samuel and
Mary Walker Foster. He received a formal education i n Chester,
Ohio. Foster organized Company G of the Third Minnesota Volun-teers
i n October 1861, of which he was e l e c t e d captain. During
h i s service career he fought i n Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi,
and Arkansas; and was captured and held i n a prison a t Madison,
Georgia, and in Libby Prison. H e was freed in a prisoner ex-change
and l a t e r received an honorable discharge with the rank
of l i e u t e n a n t colonel i n May 1865.
In 1864 Foster married Laura Josephine Beall; they had f i v e
c h i l d r e n : Laura W . , Nellie Virginia, B e a l l , Kirk, and Walker.
Laura Beall Foster died i n S t . Paul, Minnesota, i n 1878. Foster
remarried i n 1885 t o Rhoda W. Skinner who died i n 1893.
During h i s long and varied c a r e e r , Foster planted cotton i n Ar-kansas;
was surveyor- general of Louisiana; ran a grain farm and
implement business i n South Dakota; was Indian agent to the
Yankton- Sioux t r i b e i n South Dakota; served as s e c r e t a r y t o h i s
brother Senator Addison Foster i n Washington, D. C.; and was
doorkeeper to the U. S. Senate f o r t h i r t e e n years. H e moved to
C a l i f o r n i a in 1918 t o l i v e with h i s daughter and son- in- law
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