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Title: George Ingram Foster

Dates: ca. 1880-1910

Collection Number: 00160

Quantity: 27 items

Abstract: Includes mostly indentified Standing Rock Sioux including John Grass, Mad Bear, Hairy Chin, and White Bull. Represented photographers include George W. Scott, Fort Yates; H. B. Perry, Chamberlain, SD; and D.F. Barry.

Provenance: The State Historical Society of North Dakota acquired this collection from Jesse L. Myers in May 1967.

Property Rights: The State Historical Society of North Dakota owns the property rights to this collection.
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From The Fargo Forum and Daily Republican, July 23, 1912

Fargo and the state of North Dakota have lost another of their worthy pioneer citizens in the death of George I. Foster, which occurred last night at the family residence 823 Fifth Avenue South.

Major Foster had been in failing health for several months and latterly his condition was known to be grave. With the calm resignation of Christian faith and the thoughtfulness and care which had characterized his long and useful life the major set about arranging all the affairs and details of business and when the end came, dropped asleep as might a weary child in a father’s sheltering arms.

George Ingram Foster was born in Hillsdale, Columbia County, New York, Dec. 29, 1837 to Albert and Clarissa Maxson Foster, and was educated in the public schools and Homer Academy in his native state.

In 1861, he enlisted as a private in Co. D Seventy-sixth New York volunteer infantry, his company being assigned to the army of the Potomac. In this service he participated in the second battle of Bull Run and in the stubborn engagements of union and confederate forces at Gainesville, South Mountain, and Antietam. Following the last battle, he was by reason of disability, mustered out of his country’s service as second lieutenant of his company, returning in December 1862 to his home in New York for recuperation.

In 1864 he came to the then territory of Dakota and took up land near Yankton. From that time until his death his name was interwoven with those who have helped to upbuild the two states of North and South Dakota.

Many positions of distinction in territory and state were well and faithfully filled by George I. as his large acquaintance loved to call him. For ten years (1864-1874) he served as clerk of the territorial legislature. For five years he was clerk of the territorial Supreme Court. He was the first clerk of the district court for this Third Judicial District of North Dakota, a position which he filled eminently well for thirteen years. He came to reside in Fargo in February 1872. In the following year he brought his young bride formerly Miss Phila Smith. Since 1883 Major Foster had been engaged in the business of insurance and real estate. Besides his widow, two children survive him: Charles S. Foster of Fargo and Mrs. R. A. Lathrop of Page, this state.

Major Foster was a member of John F. Reynolds past. Grand Army of the Republic, and a Mason of prominence in the councils of the order in Fargo.

The funeral service will be held at the residence, Thursday afternoon, July 25, at 2:30 o’clock, Rev. J. M. Walters, pastor of the First Methodist Church officiating. Friends are invited to be present.


00160-01              Honorable Charles Foster
00160-02              Mad Bear, Bismarck (DT)
00160-03              John Grass, Bismarck (DT)
00160-04              Walking Cow, Bismarck (DT)
00160-05              Mad Bear's family, Fort Yates (DT)
00160-06              Pretty Voice (Ho Washta), Fort Yates (DT)
00160-07              Hairy Chin, Fort Yates (DT)
00160-08              Mad Bear, Fort Yates (ND)
00160-09              Big Head, Fort Yates (DT)
00160-10              White Bull, Fort Yates (DT)
00160-11              Mrs. Two Bears, Fort Yates (DT)
00160-12              Pass By - Flying By, Fort Yates (DT)
00160-13              Kills the Enemy, Fort Yates (DT)
00160-14              Yellow Horn and Long Wolf, Fort Yates (DT)
00160-15              White Head and Charger, Fort Yates (DT)
00160-16              Mrs. Pass By and her sister, Fort Yates (DT)
00160-17              Ike, Sioux Indian, Fort Yates (DT)
00160-18              Hand to Hand, Fort Yates (DT)
00160-19              Taking a scalp, Fort Yates (DT)
00160-20              Standing Rock Monument, Fort Yates (DT)
00160-21              Iron Nation, Crow of Lower Brule Agency (SD)
00160-22              Big Man
00160-23              Standing Elk, Cheyenne Chief 1880
00160-24              No Flesh, Ogallala Chief
00160-25              Two young Indian Girls, one with sheep hook;
00160-26              Unidentified Indian man lying on the ground
00160-27              Indian Tipi settlement with white man giving cup to young boy

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