"History of Lincoln, Oneida, and Vilas Counties Wisconsin"

Compiled by George O.Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others. Printed in 1924 by H.C.Cooper. Jr. & Co., Minneapoli-Winona MN. ill. 787 pages. The first two hundred pages are history of the three counties, the remainder of the book is biographies.


Foster, Herman G. in former years a well known business man of Tomahawk, but who passed away some five yeras ago, was born in Plover, Portage County, Wis., June 10, 1886, son of Mr. and Mrs. George FOSTER. After graduating from the Tomahawk High School, he entered the office of the Gillett Lumber Co., a brokerage concern, with whom he acquired a knowledge of the business. Then with his brother Elmer, he engaged in the same business himself, having an office in the post office block, and a successful business was done up to the time of Mr. FOSTER'S death, which occurred Nov. 3, 1918. In addition to the lumber business he and his brother operated a gravel pit, selling their gravel to the highway commission. On March 19, 1903, Mr. FOSTER was united in marriage with Lillian ZASTROW, who was born in Tomahawk, Wis., Sept. 22, 1888, daughter of August and Elizabeth (OELHAFEN) ZASTROW, who now resides on S. Tomahawk Avenue. Mrs. FOSTER was educated in this city, being graduated from the high school withe the class of 1908. In 1921 she purchased the Princess Theatre, a moving-picutre theatre on W. Wisconsin Avenue, which she is now operating, and in other ways also she has shown good business ability, as in 1918 before her husband's death, she purchased 200 acres of wild land in the town of King, hired eight men with whose help she cleared 90 acres of it, and having sowed it with winter rye, sold the tract to Foster Bros. She was reared a German Lutheran but is not now affiliated with any church. Mr. FOSTER was a member of St. Mary's Catholic congregation and belonged also to the Knights of Columbus Council and to the Knights of Pythias lodge in Tomahawk. They had no children of their own but adopted a son, Hugh W., who was born Sept. 21, 1917.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 513-514; History of Lincoln, Oneida and Vilas Counties Wisconsin; Compiled by George O. Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others; H.C. Cooper Jr. & Co, 1924

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