Sedgwick County KSGenWeb

Portrait And Biographical Album of Sedgwick County, Kan.

Chapman Brothers 1888

Page 527 

SAMUEL FOUST is a retired farmer living in his pleasant home at No. 1024 South Topeka avenue, Wichita, the beautiful metropolis of the Arkansas Valley. It has often been remarked that those lives that are the most successful are often the least eventful; this seems to have been the case with our subject; his life has been one of usefulness and helpfulness to those about him, but from his modest account of it we can glean but little to incorporate in this biography. From others we learn of his strict integrity, of his faithfulness and trustworthiness in all the relations of life, and of his possession of those qualities that constitute a good man and a true citizen.

            Mr. Foust was born on his father's old homestead in Franklin County, Pa., in the year 1826. He is a worthy representative of an old German family, who many generations ago settled in this country. His father, Henry Foust, was born in Pennsylvania, there grew to manhood, and there established a home of his own; the lady whom he asked to marry him and share it with him was a Miss Mary Fogwell, of Washington County, Md. Our subject was reared to man's estate on his father's farm, and received from his good father a careful training in farming, which formed the basis of his prosperity in after life, nor was his schooling neglected, and he gained such an education as was afforded by the local schools. He assisted his father in the management of his property until he was thirty-seven years of age. In that year, on the 17th of December, he was united in marriage to Miss Ann Elizabeth Cook, daughter of John B. and Eliza (Stricklee) Cook, of Franklin County, Pa. Their union has been blessed by the birth of two daughters—Kittie May and Jennie Belle. Kittie married John A. Jewett, who is a merchant on Douglas avenue, Wichita; they have one son, Fred B.

            After marriage Mr. and Mrs. Foust made their home on a farm in Pennsylvania, Franklin County, and there, by intelligent and well-directed industry, judicious economy and downright hard work, our subject gathered together a comfortable sum of money. He at last settled up his affairs in that State, and prepared to remove to Kansas. When he came here he settled in Wichita, and before his retirement was engaged principally in gardening and farming. Things have prospered with him very much since becoming a resident of this State, and as a result of his energy and shrewd management of his property, he can now enjoy a life of ease and comfort in the possession of an assured income; he owns his residence and other real estate. He and his family are upright and honorable people, who deserve and have the respect of all who know them. Both Mr. and Mrs. Foust are esteemed members of the German Reform Church, and in their daily lives show themselves to be true Christians.

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