Obituary of Sela Foster

Obituary of Sela Foster

The Roberts Herald


Sela Foster, son of Eliab and Martha J. (Clark) Foster was born in Salem, Kenosha County, Wisconsin September 19, 1857, and departed this life in his home in Roberts, Illinois Tuesday morning, January 17, 1933, aged 75 years, 3 months, and 5 days.

The first eight years of his life were spent at the place of his birth. In September, 1865, the family moved to Iroquois County, Illinois, and lived for a few months on a farm just east of Thawville. In the spring of 1866 they came to what is now Lyman Township to a farm northeast of where Roberts is now located.

When Mr. Foster grew to manhood he worked on a farm for a few years and then moved to Roberts and worked for Lisk & Lyman, and later for Lisk & Harding, then Lisk Brothers. These firms were successors in the same business firm. They conducted a hardware store and also a creamery and butter making establishment. Mr. Foster was employed at various times in both establishments. He also worked for W.C. Wright in the hardware business. He then opened a hardware store of his own. He has conducted this business since[sic] since, except for a short time when he lived at Friendship, Wisconsin. At the time of his death he had been in business longer than any other business in town.

The 27th of October, 1887, he married Miss Sarah Harriet Whorrall, who survives him. To them were born five daughters. One, Grace, died in childhood. The surviving ones are Mrs. Pearl Jean Montague of Lyalta, Alberta, Canada; Mrs. Blanche Lorene White of Roberts; Mrs. Ora Deborah Squires of Piper City; Mrs. Mae Aldene Gebhardt of Chicago. He also leaves three grandchildren, Ralph and Ethel Montague and Ruth Squires; two brothers, Parley J. and Bela of Roberts; four sisters, Misses Leda and Martha Foster of Roberts, and Mrs. Angeline Haling of Thawville, and Mrs. Frances Ruedger of Carson City, Michigan.

Mr. Foster was a man who never forgot a friend. He never failed to appreciate a favor. He had a high standard of honor and believed in conducting his life in accordance to that standard. He was one of the most accommodating of men and would go far out of his way to perform some service for another. He was outspoken in his beliefs and never pretended to be what he was not. He was always generous to a friend or to a stranger. To describe his life in a few words we would say “He was a good citizen.” In church affiliation he was a lifelong member of the M.E. Church.

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