Pueblo County, Colorado
HON. CHARLES A. FOSTER
Contributed by Karen Mitchell.
The Pueblo district has called upon Charles A. Foster to act as its
representative in the state legislature and he is serving in that office at the
present time, his record being creditable by reason of his marked devotion to
duty and his high standards of citizenship. In business circles he is known as a
representative of the Arkansas Valley Railroad Company and makes his home in
Pueblo, where he has an extensive circle of warm friends. Arkansas numbers him
among her native sons, his birth having occurred at Salem, that state, on the
1st of February, 1880, his parents being James N. and Elizabeth (Taylor) Foster.
His father was a prominent and influential resident of Arkansas, where he served
as a member of the state senate. He was of English lineage, while his wife was
of Irish descent. He was graduated from De Pauw University at Greencastle,
Indiana. He took up the occupation of farming as a life work and after his
removal to Arkansas became actively and prominently identified with agricultural
interests in that state, where he reared his family, numbering six sons and two
Charles A. Foster, the youngest member of his father's household, spent his
youthful days under the parental roof and began his education in the public
schools. The father provided his children with excellent educational
opportunities and after he left the high school Charles A. Foster became a
student in the Southwestern State Normal School at Weatherford, Oklahoma, of
which he is a graduate. In early manhood he took up the profession of teaching,
which he followed through the winter seasons, and the money thus earned enabled
him largely to meet the expenses of his Normal course. He also spent two years
in the position of cashier in a state bank in Oklahoma and in 1910 he removed to
New Mexico, where he engaged in ranching until 1912, when he determined to
become a resident of Pueblo. Here he has made his home for the past six years
and is now active in business as a representative of the Arkansas Valley
Railroad Company. He is also associated with the People's Coal & Supply Company,
a cooperative association, and is assistant stock manager.
On the 25th of November, 1903, Mr. Foster was united in marriage to Miss
Nancy R. Sutton and to them has been born a son. Charles Stanton. The religions
faith of Mr. and Mrs. Foster is that of the Methodist church, to which they
loyally adhere, and Mr. Foster is identified with the Knights of Pythias, the
Knights of Malta and the Modern Woodmen of America and also with the Benevolent
Protective Order of Elks, his membership in the last named being in Oklahoma.
His political allegiance has always been given to the republican party, of which
he is a stalwart supporter. He was elected to the state legislature for a two
years' term and became a stanch champion of the bill to change the name of the
State Asylum to the Colorado State Hospital and have it put upon the mill levy
basis. He was also an advocate of the adult prohibition bill, which was
defeated, and of the six days' work bill, which also met defeat. He has been the
champion of many railway measures and stands loyally at all times for a cause in
which he believes. Neither fear nor favor can swerve him from a course which he
believes to be right, and his position upon any vital question is clearly
defined, as he does not hesitate to express his honest convictions.
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