George R. Foster, division roadmaster of the First Missouri Division, Iron Mountain Railroad, was born in Cook County, Ill., seven miles from the courthouse, January 18, 1858, and is a son of George Foster, of Schererville, Ind., who for the past twenty two years has been section foreman on the Chicago, St. Louis & Pacific Railroad. George J. Foster was but nine years of age when his parents moved to Schererville, Lake Co., Ind. He received his education in the common schools. His first work on the railroad was as water boy on the Chicago, St. Louis & Pacific
Railroad, and later he worked three years as a section hand. When seventeen years of age he was given charge of a section, which he had charge of one year, and then went on a construction train, doing new work for various roads, viz.: Chicago & Western Indiana, Wabash, Grand Trunk, and Chicago & North Western. Mr. Foster came to De Soto in 1882, where he was foreman of the track laying in the yards, and was also roadmaster for some time. He went to Arkansas in 1885, and was foreman of an extra gang on the St. Louis, Arkansas & Texas Railroad a short time. In 1886 he accepted the position of roadmaster of the Belmont
Division of the Iron Mountain Railroad, which position he held until
September, 1887, when he took charge of the first division of that road
at De Soto. April 30, 1885 he married Ella, daughter of Christopher
Findlin, of De Soto. They have one child, Clara. Mr. Foster is a member
of the I. O. O. F. Mrs. Foster is a member of the Catholic Church.