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Foster, Charles W.


Age: 0, credited to Barre, VT
Unit(s): 3rd MO CAV
Service: 3rd MO CAV

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Birth: 08/09/1840, Wisconsin
Death: 05/20/1914

Burial: Elmwood Cemetery, Barre, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Heidi McColgan

Findagrave Memorial #: 0
(There may be a Findagrave Memorial, but we have not recorded it)


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Unknown
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: None


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Elmwood Cemetery, Barre, VT

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Veteran of Civil War and Native of Wisconsin.

Charles W. Foster, a veteran of the war between the states, passed away at the City hospital this morning at 1 o'clock, death following an illness of long standing. Mr. Foster had been suffering from a cancerous growth on the lip. Lately the growth was removed, but his condition failed rapidly. So far as can be learned he is without kin in the East. Nine years ago he came here with his daughter, Miss Bessie Foster, from Burlington. The daughter entered Goddard seminary. Six years ago she died within a month of the time she was to have been graduated from that institution. Since that time until he was removed to the hospital a week ago, Mr. Foster has lived alone in the Bolster block. Efforts to locate his wife, who has been living in Burlington were unsuccessful up to this afternoon. He has a niece living in Chicago and it is thought that a brother, A.R. Foster, is residing in Clifton, Kas.

The remains were removed by friends of the deceased to Badger & Co.'s undertaking rooms, where they are to await completion of arrangements for the funeral. It is known that the body will be taken to Burlington for interment beside the remains of his daughter, although the day and hour of the funeral have not been determined.

From the meagre sources available, it is learned that Mr. Foster was born in the state of Wisconsin 75 years ago. As a young man he enlisted in one of the volunteer regiments of his native state and served four years in the Civil war, returning to Wisconsin after the rebellion was subdued. Some 10 years ago the family came East and settled in Burlington. Mr. Foster was affiliated with the Methodist church and was also connected with R.B. Crandall post, Grand Army of the Republic. He followed the carpenters' trade and had a card in local No. 482, United Brotherhood of Carpenters & Joiners of America.

Source: Barre Daily Times, May 20, 1914

A communication was received at the police office last evening from the chief of police of Barre to the effect that a man named Charles W. Foster had just died there and that he had a wife living in Burlington, it was thought. She was said to be living on North avenue in 1911. The police department made a search for the woman but was unable to find her or get any trace of her. The man who died in Barre was a soldier and pensioner of the Civil war. His funeral will be held at Barre today.

Source: Barre Daily Times, May 20, 1914

Efforts to locate relatives of Charles W. Foster, the Civil war veteran who died at City hospital Wednesday morning, were successful this forenoon when the authorities got in touch with Mrs. Foster, who is living in Burlington. Mrs. Foster preferred that the remains of her husband be not brought to Burlington for burial beside the body of their daughter, so it is likely that the interment will be made here. The funeral will be held from Badger & Co.'s undertaking rooms in the Morse block Friday afternoon at 2. It is expected delegations from the Grand Army of the Republic and the carpenters' and joiners' union, with which the deceased was affiliated, will attend the services and escort the remains to Hope cemetery.

Source: Barre Daily Times, May 20, 1914

Through the efforts of the commander and other comrades of R.B. Crandall post, the remains of Charles W. Foster, the aged veteran whose death occurred Wednesday morning, will be interred in the Grand Army plot, so-called, at Elmwood cemetery. It had been the original plan to have the burial at Hope cemetery, but when the fact that Mr. Foster was a soldier in the Civil war came to the notice of the post officials, the arrangements were immediately changed. According to the plans made this forenoon, the remains were to be taken this afternoon to Elmwood by an escort of veterans. The Grand Army ritual was to be used at the grave.

Source: Barre Daily Times, May 22, 1914

Was Held From Undertaking Rooms and Burial Was at Elmwood.

An escort of Grand Army veterans from R. B. Crandall post gathered at Badger & Co.s mortuary chapel on North main street yesterday afternoon to pay their last respects to Comrade Charles W. Foster, himself a veteran of the Rebellion, who passed away Wednesday morning after a prolonged period of ill health. Rev. E.F. Newell, pastor of the Hedding Methodist church, to which the deceased belonged, had charge of the funeral services at the chapel. While the G.A.R. reputation preceded the remains in cabs, a delegation from Barre local, No. 481, United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, with which Mr. Foster was also associated, marched beside the hearse. The bearers were Thomas Laurie, a long-tine friend of the deceased, William Speare, a neighbor, Edward Philbrick and E. E. Anderson, members of the union. At Elmwood cemetery, the Grand Army ritual for committal was read by one of the veterans and the remains were interred in the Grand Army plot.

Source: Barre Daily Times, May 23, 1914

Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.

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