Alexander French Foster

Main St. Cemetery Marker: D12, E14
Born: 1815
Died: 1903

Alexander French Foster married his wife Nancy Olivia Adams in 1839. After several moves, the family finally settled on a house on Maple Avenue.

Alexander worked as a carpenter often spending much time in Chicago while Nancy took care of the family that now numbered 8 children. Their lives, like many in Downers Grove, were touched by the Civil War.

Even though Alexander was in his forties, he enlisted in Company B of the 105th Illinois Infantry. Following the example of his father and father-in-in law, he wanted to serve his country. His service lasted about a year as he was injured, sick with typhoid, and spent some time in Andersonville Prison before being discharged in 1863.

His life after discharge was full of illness, but he resumed his trade life as a carpenter, helping to build the Methodist Church on Maple Avenue.

He was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic Naper Post and lived to the age of 88.

Alexander is one of two people to have two markers in the cemetery. The other is Walter Blanchard.


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