Ozro B. Foster
Custer County, Nebraska Chief
20 Apr 1933
Ozro B. Foster, Civil War veteran and a member of the Masonic Fraternity for 66 years, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Ida J. Porter in Broken Bow last Thursday, aged 91 years. Funeral services were held at the Methodist Church Sunday morning conducted by Rev. Lester Guldner. The American Legion of Broken Bow was represented with a color guard at the service. The remains were taken to Doniphan for burial, the Masonic service being conducted there.
Ozro B. Foster was born May 3, 1841, at Kalamazoo, Mich. Three years later his parents moved to LaPorte, Ind. where he was raised and educated. After taking a teacher's course he taught school for a time in Iowa. In Oct. 1861 he enlisted in Co. C, 48th Indiana Volunteer Infantry. He was under General Grant's command for the Battle of Shiloh until the surrender of Vicksburg in July 1863, taking part in many battles.
After two years with the 48th Indiana he was made a Lieutenant and given charge of a group of colored troops and served with this regiment for 2 1/2 years, then was mustered out at Vicksburg on March 28, 1866.
In August 1866, he was married to Adelaide Waxham at LaPorte, Ind. To this union were born 7 children, William H. of Doniphan, Alonzo E. of Berwyn, Mrs. Ida J. Porter & Mrs. Cora Dean of Broken Bow & Mrs. Gertrude Brewer, Harry Albert & Lillie May Foster now deceased. Mrs. Foster died in Aug. 1909.
The family moved to St. John, Mo. in the fall of 1868, where he taught school for over 4 years. They moved to Warsaw, Iowa, where he farmed and taught in the winter. In all he taught 13 years.
In 1879 he moved to Hall Co. and proved up on a timber claim 6 miles east of Doniphan. He lived there until March 1894, when he moved to Ansley, buying the Bradley Hardware store which he conducted until 1901. He then bought a farm at Ansley and operated this for two years.
Since the death of his wife, he has made his home with his children. For the past 15 years he has resided in Broken Bow. He passed away that the home of his daughter, Mrs. Ida J. Porter on April 13, at the age of 91 years, 11 months and 10 days.
Mr. Foster was a member of the G.A.R. almost from the date of its organization, and held the positions of Commander, Adjutant & Quartermaster. He also served as Aide de Camp in the National Organization. He was a mason for nearly 66 years, beginning his Masonic experience at New London, Iowa, in 1867. In 1880 he demitted to a lodge at St. Joe, Neb., now Phillips, then transferred his membership to Doniphan where he served as secretary for 14 years.
After coming to Custer Co. he joined the lodge at Ansley, of which he was a member at the time of his death. He was a faithful member of the Methodist Church for over 60 years.
Mr. Foster was held in high esteem. He was known as an upright citizen and a kind friend and during his active life contributed much to the progress of the communities in which he lived.