"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, Elmer D. partner in the Foster Lumber Company of Tomahawk, was born at Ironwood, Mich., Feb. 14, 1888, son of George H. and Emma (LAWSON) FOSTER. The parents were natives of Maine and the father, formerly an engineer on steamboats plying on the St. Lawrence River and Atlantic coasts running to Portland, Maine, is now a locomotive engineer on the Mariette, Tomahawk & Western Railway. They settled in Ironwood in 1886, from which place they moved to Tomahawk in 1890. Their children were Elmer D., John, Grace, Lawrence and Herman, of whom Herman is now deceased. Elmer D. FOSTER was two years old when his parents settled in Tomahawk, where he later attended school, being graduated from the high school in 1907. After that he kept books two years for the Somo River Lumber Co. Then with his brother Herman he engaged in the wholesale lumber buiness, the firm buying lumber from the mills in blocks and selling it in car load lots to the trade in the Middle West markets. The oringinal style of the firm was Foster Bros., but was changed after Herman FOSTER'S death and is now the Foster Lumber Co., Leo BOURCIER being associated in the business with the subject of this sketch. They handle principally hardwood lumber in the rough. Mr. FOSTER is a stockholder in the Bradley Bank and a member of the Local Elks lodge. He was married in Chicago, Sept. 3, 1914, to Ruth Gray FIELD, daughter of Eugene and Julia S. FIELD. The well known Eugene FIELD is now dead but his wife is still living. Mr. and Mrs. FOSTER are the parents of two children, Jean FIELD and William Engler. The family have a pleasant cottage on the Wisconsin River, where they spend the summer months.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 604-605; History of Lincoln, Oneida and Vilas Counties Wisconsin; Compiled by George O. Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others 1924, H. C. Cooper, Jr. & Co

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