JAMES E. FOSTER
James E. Foster, 85 years old, died at 1 o’clock Thursday afternoon in Warren, Pa. Surviving are two sons, James of Indianapolis and Glenn of Cheyenne, Wyo: one daughter, Mrs. Gladys Yegerlehner of Kentland; two sister, Mrs. Cora Miller and Terre Haute and Mrs. Lizzie Johnson of Largo, Fla., and one brother, R. W. Foster of Sharpsville. The body will be brought to Cross Funeral Home where friends may call after noon Sunday and where services will be at 10 o’clock Monday morning. Burial will be in West York, Ill.
James Edward Foster was born 3 May 1869 in York Township, Clay County, Illinois. He was the eldest surviving son of James B. and Lydia (Dicks) Foster. James and Lydia were the parents of thirteen children of whom only five survived to adulthood. James grew up on his parents’ farm, and after the death of his father in 1887 (when James was 18), he worked as a farm hand. Later he worked as a traveling salesman and a clerk. At the end of his life, he appears to have worked as a gardener.
On 29 February 1896, James married Emma Lawhead in Hutsonville, Illinois. They were the parents of five known children: Lydia Allie, Glenn E., Forrest, James L. and Gladys R. Of the marriage little is known. According to Gladys, her father was an alcoholic. Eventually Emma got tired of James’ behavior and kicked him out. Whether they were officially divorced or not is unknown.
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Why was he buried in Illinois? At that time, how would the body have been transported from Warren, PA to West York? I do remember the day when mother left Kentland to go to the burial. I presume it was her brother Jim who arrived to pick her up for the drive. I remember standing in the front yard when I was told where she was going….it was probably Lea who told me. I don’t recall being dressed for winter, so the January date surprises me. But I do remember being puzzled because I don’t think that I was even aware that mother’s father was still alive….i.e., recently deceased. She rarely if even mentioned him.
He was buried in Illinois at the graveyard where his parents were buried. The body could have been transported by train. That was fairly common.
Where was the funeral….or do the documents not mention that?
I have no clue! The obituary is the only record I have at this point. Terre Haute, Hutsonville or York are all possibilities. The death certificate might mention who the funeral home was but I haven’t tried to track that down yet.