G. S. Foreman, senior member of the firm of Foreman, Teale & Company, of Lamoni, who deal in implements
and in real estate, was born at Lawrence, Van Buren county, Michigan, on the 14th of March, 1868, a son of John
and Lucy ( Setchell) Foreman, both of whom were natives of England. They were married in that country and remained
there for several years, coming to the United States just before the outbreak of the Civil war. They located in
Michigan, where the father gave his attention to farming. In 1876 they came to Decatur county and settled one mile
south of Lamoni, the father operating a farm for six or seven years. He then removed to Lamoni and in 1881 became
the owner of the hotel here now known as the West Hotel and conducted that hostelry for about two years, after
which he sold it and purchased other property. Hem is still residing at Lamoni, at the advanced age of eighty seven
years. His wife passed away in April, 1905, when seventy five years old. He belongs to the Reorganized Church of
Latter Day Saints, as did his wife. To them were born six children: Julia Inman, who died in 1910 in North Dakota;
Mrs. Clara Harrington, who is living near Decatur; Joseph, proprietor of a cafe at Lamoni; Mrs Waltenbauch, of
Cainesville, Missouri; Mrs. E. C. McCook, of Pendleton, Oregon; and G. S., of this review.
The last named was eight years of age when the family located in Decatur county and he grew to manhood in this
county. He received a high school education and after putting aside his text books gave his time to agricultural
pursuits for about five years. At the end of that time he removed to Lamoni and entered the employ of Dancer &
Smith, dealers in implements. He continued with their successors, Stafford, Walker & Jones, who in turn sold
to Bowser & Biddeson, with whom Mr. Foreman remained until he became a member of the present firm of Foreman,
Teale & Company. The last named concern deals extensively in farm implements and since 1914 have also acted
as real estate agents, operating mainly in the vicinity of Lamoni. The firm employs two or three men steadily and
does a good business, selling implements, flour, feed, coal, automobiles and accessories.
Mr. Foreman is a republican and is a loyal worker in the party ranks. Fraternally he is connected with the Knights
of Pythias of Lamoni, in which organization he has many warm friends. There has never been any question as to his
integrity and fair dealing, and his probity has been a factor of no little importance in his business success.
Moreover, all who have been closely associated with him know him to be a man of excellent judgment.
History of Decatur County, Iowa
And its People
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Decatur County, IA
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