EP amd Orpha Foster

by Rex Gordon
(Fallbrook Ca)

Both EP Foster and Orpha Woods were born in Illnois but they were married in Ventura in August of 1874. When and where did they first meet? Was it back in Illnois, during a visit by EP or did Orpha just come to Ventura in 1872 on her own?

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Jan 23, 2011
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When E.P. and Orpha Foster met
by: Michael - Fun in Ventura

Thanks for the great question, Rex!

E.P. and Orpha Foster

According to the great-grandchildren of E.P. and Orpha Foster, E.P. left Illinois when he was 3 on covered wagon. They believe they met at a picnic in either Ventura or Santa Barbara as E.P. first lived in Santa Barbara but purchased land in Ventura. Evidently E.P. proposed rather soon afterwards. Though the specific dates are unknown, their first meeting was most likely not more than a few months to a year prior to their wedding date.

Venturans today enjoy many contributions from E.P. and Orpha Foster, including Seaside Park, Community Memorial Hospital, Old Rincon Highway and many trees and parks.

Jan 23, 2011
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E.P. Foster House
by: Anonymous

It's a shame that the house wasn't preserved, yet left to decay over time and then get burned down by vagrants. How sad! Shame on Ventura for not refurbishing that house for the sake of its history :-(

Apr 14, 2013
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interesting tidbit
by: Betsy Von Essen Harrison

My family, on my mother's side (Lockwood), help to settle Providence, RI. At the ceremony, Sen. Foster, and one of my relatives, James T Lockwood, met when they declared Providence the capitol of the state. My husband is a relative of the Ventura Foster family. Small world.

Jul 31, 2013
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ep foster
by: yvonne stine

this man was responsible for many things in ventura and we do not give him credit for nothing.
EP foster library
foster park
EP foster hospital
fair grounds
His property is owned by the ventura school district. I asked why it was not a historical monument and was told that the school district said no cause then they could not sell it. Doesn't matter now it burned down.
Than you for everything Mr. Foster

Oct 16, 2015
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ep foster
by: Anonymous

doesa anyone know what ep stands for

Nov 17, 2015
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RE: E.P. Foster
by: Doug

E.P. stands for Eugene Preston, so full name is Eugene Preston Foster.

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