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Freeman Foster

Freeman Foster, farmer, P. O. Topeka, was born in Crawford County, Penn., April 1, 1832; his father, Robert F. Foster, had been in the war of 1812, and although advanced in years, served for three months in the Federal army during the rebellion. Mr. Foster located in Lawrence, Kansas, in November, 1854, and joined the Topeka settlers the following month, locating on 150 acres of land situated on the headwaters of the Little Shunganunga five miles south of Topeka on the Burlingame road where he still resides.

He has devoted his attention for many years to breeding and raising stock, and at present he has about seventy-five head of cattle (thoroughbred to Short-horn), twenty horses and colts (the latter from American mares by Norman horses), and 200 hogs.

In 1862 he enlisted in Company B, One Hundred and Thirty-seventh Pennsylvania Volunteers, 137th Regiment, and was mustered out in 1863. He participated in the battles of South Mountain, Antietam and Chancellorsville, and afterwards in the Kansas militia in the "Big Blue."

August 13, 1857, in Crawford County, Penn., he married Miss Martha E. Bowman, by whom he has three children living. Mr. Foster was Township Trustee from 1869 to 1873, and represented Shawnee County in the Legislature in 1874-'75. He is a charter member of Topeka Lodge No. 17, A.F. & A.M., and by his untiring energy and well known integrity has contributed much towards the welfare of his adopted State.

Source: History of the State of Kansas; William G. Cutler; A.T. Andreas, Chicago, IL; 1883

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