Mrs. Huldah E. Foster is one of the venerable and much loved women of northern San Joaquin county, where she has for many years been esteemed as a substantial resident of her community and factor for good and progress in religious, moral and social circles. Practically since the year 1875 she has been a resident on her beautiful little estate situated on Cherokee Lane, two and a half miles north of Lodi.

Mrs. Foster was born in Steuben county, New York, July 10, 1838, a daughter of Ebenezer F. and Electa (Hathaway) Pickett, both parents native New Yorkers. In 1843 she moved with her parents to McHenry county, Illinois, where she lived until she was sixteen years old, and then for some years lived in Kane county, Illinois, and also in Chicago. She came out to California in 1870, to the city of Oakland, where, on May 6, 1875, she was married to the late Rev. H. E. Foster.

Rev. Mr. Foster was born in Jefferson county, New York, April 27, 1820, a son of Hopestill and Laura (Osborn) Foster, both natives of New York state. H. E. Foster crossed the plains to California in 1852, driving ox teams, and had the usual lot of experiences of the western emigrant of those days. He was a resident of Sierra county at the early date of 1854, and was also one of the old-time residents of San Joaquin county. He was well known as an early educator, having taught school in San Joaquin county during the early days, and for many years was connected with the ministerial work of the Methodist Episcopal church in San Joaquin and adjoining counties. He took an active part in Sunday-school affairs and religious and educational matters in general, and was a force for good and uplift in every community where he worked. His death occurred August 6, 1885. In politics he was a Republican, and was possessed of an eminent degree of public spirit. He is interred in the cemetery at Woodbridge.

Mrs. Foster, who thus survives and in her own way carries on the good work and influence of her deceased husband, is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church at Lodi. She has two adopted children as her comfort and solace in approaching age, namely, Miss Neva H. and Clarence F. Foster.

Source: History of the New California Its Resources and People, Volume II

The Lewis Publishing Company - 1905
Edited by Leigh H. Irvine

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