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    William N. Foster. During the seven years that have passed since William N. Foster became proprietor of the Piqua Tea Company's store, he has built up a large and profitable patronage and placed himself in a position among the independent business men of his city. He was born at Piqua, July 30, 1871, a son of William Osborn and Minerva (Reeder) Foster, and a nephew of William N. Foster, who fought as a Union soldier during the war between the States and rose to the rank of colonel, later being elected judge of the probate court at Troy, Ohio. Mr. Foster has one sister, Jessie, who is the wife of Charles Berk, and has one son, William Foster Berk. William N. Foster attended the graded and high schools of Piqua, and after his graduation from the latter became a clerk in a retail grocery. He remained as a clerk for a number of years, thoroughly learning the business in all its branches. In 1913 the opportunity presented itself for him to embark in business on his own account and he was quick in accepting it. Buying the Piqua branch of the Lima Tea Company, he has since applied industry, good management and progressive methods with such success, that he now has one of the leading stores in its line in the city. He carried a complete and high-grade stock of teas and coffees and delicatessen products and his patrons include in their numbers some of the best people of the city. Mr. Foster owes his success entirely to himself, as he is essentially a self-made man in all particulars. He married Amelia C. Meyer, and to them there have been born two children: Marie Christine, who is deceased; and George Osborn, a student in engineering at the Ohio State University. Mr. and Mrs. Foster are consistent members of the Methodist church and during the war period did their share in assisting various war measures. Mr. Foster is interested to some extent in fraternal matters, and is a popular member of the local lodges of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.

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