James (Jim) Foster and Erie Ham Foster
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FOSTER, Erie Susan Ham
Born: Dec 15, 1888, Forney, TX
Died: Feb 5, 1989, Lubbock, TX
Father: Thomas A. HAM
Mother: Mary McCULLOUGH
Married: James FOSTER

FOSTER, James (Jim) Michael
Born: Oct 22, 1881, Seymour, Baylor Co., TX
Died: Aug 3, 1940
Father: Joe FOSTER
Occupation: Cattleman, Swenson Land & Cattle Co.

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©The Texas Spur, June 16, 1911

Sunday Mr. Jim Foster and Miss Era Ham were united in the holy bonds of matrimony at the home of the brides parents ten miles northeast of Dickens. A large number of friends of the contracting parties were present and on account of the large attendance the marriage ceremony was performed in the yard. Immediately after the ceremony, ice cream, cake, and other refreshments were served and Mr. and Mrs. Foster received the congratulations and good wishes of all present.

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Death took a pioneer Dickens Co. citizen and well-known cattleman Saturday afternoon in the person of James Michael Foster, 59, who died following an illness of more than a year.

Funeral services were conducted Sunday at the Spur Methodist Church with Rev. J.E. Harrell, pastor, officiating. Rev. Brown assisted.

Mr. Foster was born Sept. 22, 1881 at Alvord in Wise county. He came to this section of West Texas in 1898, and worked for S.M. Swenson and Sons near Dumont. He later located in the Croton community.

In 1911 Mr. Foster was married to Miss Erie Ham. In Sept. of the same year they moved to Spur. With the exception of two years spent on their farm and ranch in the Highway community, Mr. and Mrs. Foster have maintained a home in Spur since that time.

In 1910 Foster was made boss of a crew to poison prairie dogs on the Swenson holdings. They traveled over more than 100 sections of the ranch for three or four years exterminating the pests.

Mr. Foster had served as a member of the Spur school board for two years.

Survivors include his widow, an adopted daughter, Grace, a brother, R.M. Foster, Portales, NM and one sister, Mrs. E.L. Carter, Fort Worth. Mrs. Carter was ill and was unable to attend the funeral.

Mr. Foster had been affected with heart trouble for three years.

A special song, "In the Garden" was sung by Faust Collier at the service.

Pallbearers were W.G. Swenson, M.L. Rickels, V.L. Graves, J.A. Koon, Bill Putman, O.L. Kelley, Ray Taylor and J.J. Hill.

Flower bearers were Ruby Cowan, Emily Cowan, Margaret Weaver, Reginia Lee, Mozelle Arthur, Peggy Hogan, Sammie McGee, and Winifred Lee.

Burial was in the Spur cemetery under the direction of Campbell Funeral Chapel.

©The Texas Spur, August 8, 1940
From the records of Lillian Grace Nay

Erie Foster Photo Services for Erie Susan Foster, 100, were held Monday at 2 p.m. in the First United Methodist Church with pastor Rev. Bruce parks, officiating.

Mrs. Foster was a longtime Spur resident, but was living with her daughter in Lorenzo at the time of her death. She died February 5 at 7 a.m. in Methodist Hospital, Lubbock.

A homemaker and teacher, she was born in Forney on December 15, 1888. She married J.M. Foster on June 11, 1911, in Croton. He died August 3, 1940. A charter member of the Methodist Church here in Spur, she was active in the Study Club and Garden Club as well as the Women´s Society of Christian Service.

She moved to Lorenzo in 1978.

Survivors include a daughter, Grace Hurst, Lorenzo; six grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.

Grandsons, served as pallbearers, they included: Michael Hurst, Bobby Hurst, Terry Hurst, Kerry Hurst, Joe Hurst and Andy Hurst.

Burial was in Spur Memorial Cemetery with Campbell Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

©The Texas Spur, February, 1989
From the records of Lillian Grace Nay


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