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John J. Foster

John J. Foster was born on a farm in Ray County, Missouri, April 5, 1858.  He remained on the farm until 1875, doing the work of the life calls for and attending at odd months the district school of  the county.  After attending school at Richmond, Mo., for one year, Mr. Foster came to Kansas City and entered the public schools.  Three years previous to this Mr. Foster's father had died, leaving him an interest in coal mines situated on the homestead, and it was with the income from this that he was securing an education.  The administrator, in leasing the mines, failed to provide for non-usance, and the lessee shut down the mines in order to work others with shorter lessees.  Mr. Foster, at the age of eighteen years, was consequently forced to leave school.  He determined to learn harness-making, and entered upon a three years' apprenticeship.  Soon after serving his time he went into partnership with A. J. De Berry, the firm name being De Berry & Foster.  they purchased a business at 306 Main Street that had been operated by Smith & McDonald since the early forties.  After a partnership of a year and a half Mr. Foster bought De Berry's interests, and conducted the business at that location for ten years, moving after that time to 511 Main Street, his present location.  Mr. Foster is a member of the Manufacturers' Association, the Horse Show Association, the Cooley Lake Hunting Club, and the local Driving Club.  He was married June 30, 1879, to Miss Elizabeth Mintun, of this city.
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