FOERSTER, GEORGE, grocer, was born in Harrisburg, Pa., September 16, 1858; son of George and Catherine (Klem) Foerster. The father was born in Bavaria, near Bogrenth, and the mother in Wurtemberg, Germany. The parents came to America and settled in Harrisburg. The father found his first employment in this country with the Pennsylvania Railroad Company, and subsequently worked in the present McCormick stone quarries. In 1860 he engaged in the grocery business on Race street, in which he continued until 1878, and has since then been retired from active business. During the war he served a short time with the State militia. In politics Mr. Foerster is a Democrat. His children are: Elizabeth, Mrs. F. W. Coover, of Harrisburg, and George. He is a member of St. Michael's German Lutheran church, in which he has been a trustee for many years.
George received his education in the public schools and in Seiler's Academy. He subsequently took a course in the State Normal School at Millersville, from which he was graduated in 1878. He then taught school one term at Dorrence, Luzerne county, and two terms at Tabor, Pa. In 1881 he succeeded to his father's business, and in 1888 moved to his present location, No. 540 Race street. Mr. Foerster is a stockholder in the Harrisburg Traction Company, and in the Harrisburg Trust Company, and is the president, and one of the organizers of the William Penn Building and Loan Association. He is a member of Perseverance Lodge, F. & A. M. In politics he is a Democrat. Mr. Foerster was married in 1884, to Miss Annie P. Fairlamb, of Delaware county. They have two children Annie K. and Frederick F. The family attend the Zion Lutheran church.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
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Date of Transcription: 12 Feb 2001
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