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S. S. Foust

Mark Mann (View posts)
Posted: 16 May 1999 6:00AM GMT
Classification: Biography
Edited: 23 Jun 2001 9:50AM GMT
Surnames: FOUST, COLBERT, IRICK, IRWIN, ALLEN, REDDING, CASTON
From the "History of Huntington County, 1914", page 662

S.S. Foust

The village of Buckeye owes its prosperity as a center of trade and community life largely to the enterprise of Mr. Foust, whose varied activities have brought about not only his assured success, but have furnished a constantly growing service to the many people who find at Buckeye a convenient place to trade and to avail themselves of the various other conveniences of civilized life. Mr. Foust is a farmer, a merchant, postmaster, and his home has been at Buckeye thirty-four years, a period which practically covers the entire history of that village.

His birth occurred one and a half miles south of Buckeye on December 7, 1858. His parents were John and Elizabeth (Colbert) Foust. There were nine children in the family, four of whom are yet living: Senna, wife of Jacob Irick of Marion, Indiana; B. F. Foust, of Manton, Michigan; S. S. Foust; and E. A., wife of R. L. Irwin.

S.S. Foust was reared on a farm, attended the district schools, and at the age of twennty-one, being possessed of a small capital of one hundred dollars, had the courage to establish a home of his own, and with his young wife faced the world together and their co-operation has been one steady progress to success.

Mr. Foust was married in October, 1880, to Miss Amanda W. Allen, of Salamonie township, but who was born in Virginia, and came with her parents to Huntington county as a girl. Of the children born to this four are still living: Jesse E., who graduated in the scientific course of the Valparaiso University and took up a career as a teacher, married Olive Redding; Ora S., who graduated from the Valparaiso University, is a stock buyer and shipper at Buckeye, and married Ada Caston of Ossian, Indiana; Grace, who finished the course in the Warren high school, studied music at Valparaiso, Indiana, and in Evanston, Illinois; Esther, who also finished the course in the Warren high school, is a student of music at Evanston.

The family attend religious worship at the Methodist Episcopal church at Salem, and Mr. Foust has long been identified with that organization and is one of its trustees. Among his varied interests at Buckeye and vicinity he is owner of eighty acres of land, which he cultivates through tenant labor. When he moved to Buckeye in 1879 and began business, it was with a very modest stock of goods and with a very slender credit: He tried to give such service to the community that the people would prefer trading at his store rather than going to a greater distance for their wares, and as he furnished reliable goods, always discounted his bills promptly, and kept increasing his stock, it was only a few years before he was in possession of a paying business, and his general store is one of the best country emporiums to be found anywhere in Huntington county. Besides his stock of general merchandise, Mr. Foust buys and sells grain, hay, and coal. He has been postmaster ever since an office was opened at Buckeye, and is also station agent for the Clover Leaf Railroad.
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