The subject of this sketch is one of the successful farmers of Adams
township, LaSalle county, Sheridan his post office address. It was in Kent
county, England, April 13, 1856, that he was born, a son of George and Emily
(Nettlingham) Foreman. The Foreman family emigrated to this country in 1858.
Coming west at once to Illinois, they settled on the Lyman farm, near the
line between Serena and Freedom townships, LaSalle county, where they
resided for a number of years. The parents and one daughter are now
residents of Iroquois county, Illinois, and the father is now seventy years
of age. Of their children we record that George Thomas, the subject of this
sketch, is the eldest; Alfred married Annie King and resides in Iroquois
county; Ellen R., the wife of Anson Taylor, lives in Dodge county, Nebraska;
Maggie, the wife of Melvin Sturdevant, resides in Birmingham, Alabama;
Henry, who married Mary Sturdevant, is in Iroquois county; William E., who
married Phoebe Carlock, is a resident of Minnesota; Albert R., also of
Iroquois county, married Lavina Brandenburg; Walter, of Chicago; Lewis J.,
who married Mrs. Celia (Van Vleet) Elgin, and resides in Iroquois county;
and Fannie S. resides in Watseka, Illinois, with her parents.
George T. was reared in LaSalle county and received a limited education in the local schools. He remained with his parents and aided in the support of the home until he was twenty years of age. He then secured employment as a farm hand in Adams township, and v,as thus occupied two or three years. Carefully saving his earnings, he acquired an interest in a threshing machine, of which he became manager, and while running the thresher made some money. In 1888 he went to work in the bridge department of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad, where he was employed for two years. In 1890 he came to the old Cottew homestead, his father-in-law's home, and has since resided here. A man of energy and good management, he is meeting- with justly deserved success in his farming operations.
Mr. Foreman was married March 13, 1883, to Miss Caroline, daughter of James and Harriet Cottew, early settlers of Adams township. Mr. Cottew died in 1894, at the age of seventy-seven years. He was a soldier in the civil war, a member of the First Illinois Regiment of Light Artillery, and was discharged from service on account of disability. Mr. and Mrs. Foreman have two children — Pearl S. and Allen R. — aged respectively fourteen and six years.
Fraternally Mr. Foreman is identified with the Modern Woodmen of America, having his membership in Baker Camp, No. 4434. He is a Republican in his political affiliations.
Extracted 13 May 2019 by Norma Hass from Biographical and Genealogical Record of LaSalle County, Illinois, published in 1900, volume 2, pages 593-594.