Buckman B. Foster


Buckman B. Foster. Like numerous of his fellow practitioners at the Oklahoma bar, Buckman B. Foster is a native of Illinois and a product of the farm. Previous to entering the practice of law, he was in his early manhood engaged in different lines of business, and since he has engaged in practice he has resided in different localities, thus securing experience and training that has proven of much value to him. Since 1907, however, he has lived at Bartlesville, Washington County, and has confined his activities to the duties of his profession, in which he has attained a high reputation and an excellent business.
B. B. Foster was born on a farm in Sangamon County, near the City of Springfield, capital of Illinois, May 25, 1865, and is a son of Jacob and Roxanna (Bates) Foster, and of a family of English and German descent. His father was born at Cape May, Cape May County, New Jersey, in 1829, and his mother at Potsdam, Lawrence County, New York, in 1832. Both were children when taken to Illinois by their parents, the two families settling in Sangamon County, where the children were reared and educated, and where they resided for many years after their marriage, being engaged in agricultural pursuits. About the year 1885 they removed to Iowa, where the father died in 1902, at Pocahontas, and the mother died in 1897, at Manson, Iowa. They were the parents of four sons and three daughters, of whom three sons and one daughter now survive: Charlie F., who is a retired real estate dealer at Bartlesville, Oklahoma ; Oliver C., engaged in merchandising at Correctionville, Iowa; Ella C., who married Dr. W. W. Crane and died at Jacksonville, Illinois, in 1913; Eugene E., who died at Moberly, Missouri, in 1907, leaving a widow and children who now reside at Bartlesville; B. B., of this review; Katherine, who married J. G. Hillbury, a resident of Alberta, Canada; and Mae, who died in infancy.
B. B. Foster received his early education in the public schools of Illinois, and resided on his father’s farm in Sangamon County until he was eighteen years of age, at which time he moved with his parents to Moberly, Missouri, there securing employment with the Wabash Railroad. When his parents went to Northwest Iowa he accompanied them there, and for a time assisted his father in the conduct of a furniture business, but finally turned his attention to the law, for which he had always had a predilection, and went to Council Bluffs, where he studied in the office of Finley Burke, a prominent attorney who is now deceased. After two years thus spent, Mr. Foster was admitted to the bar before the Supreme Court of Iowa, in 1889, and at once began the practice of his profession at Council Bluffs, but soon removed to Onawa, Iowa, and then to Manson, Calhoun County. While residing at Manson, he served one term, 1897-8, as county attorney of Calhoun County, and then went to Pocahontas County, Iowa, and for about nine years was engaged in practice there. Mr. Foster came to Bartlesville, Oklahoma, September 9, 1907, and since that time has maintained his office hero, having built up a large and lucrative clientèle. He has had charge of a number of important litigated interests, his success in which has given him a high standing among his fellow-practitioners. He belongs to the Washington County Bar Association, the Oklahoma State Bar Association and various other organizations of his calling, and to the Masonic and other fraternal orders. An enthusiastic booster of the interests of Bartlesville, he is a member of the Chamber of Commerce, and has been connected with other stirring and public-spirited citizens in the promotion of movements for the public welfare. In political matters he is a republican, but has not been a seeker for personal preferment. His religious connection is with the Presbyterian Church.
Mr. Foster was married in 1897 to Miss Ella D. Graves, a native of Ackley, Iowa, and a daughter of Prof. G. A. Graves, the head of an academy at Iowa City which was a preparatory institution for the University of Iowa. On her father’s side, Mrs. Foster traces her ancestry back to John and Priscilla Alden, and on the maternal side to John Quincy Adams. Two children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Foster, namely: Laura Munson, born April 20,1899; and Galen Allen, born December 29, 1904.