Mary Foster [RG1005.AM]


RG1005.AM:  Mary (Goldenstein) Foster, 1904-1992

Play:  1950s
Ansley, Custer County, Nebraska:  Teacher
Size:  One item


Born in Clay County, Nebraska, on October 9, 1904, Mary Goldenstein grew up in Glenvil.  She attended Grand Island College before marrying Charlie Foster sometime in the 1920s.  Charlie coached at the local school in Glenvil.  By 1940, the couple had moved to Ansley, Nebraska, where Charlie served as Superintendent of Schools.  Mary started teaching at Ansley, Nebraska, sometime between 1940 and 1950.  Charlie Foster died in 1983.  Mary (Goldenstein) Foster died at Kearney, Nebraska, on July 7, 1992.  The couple is buried in Cedar View Cemetery at Doniphan, Nebraska.


The collection consists of a five-page play written by Mary Foster while she was teaching at Ansley, Custer County, Nebraska, in the 1950s. The play is about a missing five year old boy from the Ihlow (Eloe) family and members of the Kerr family helping to look for him. Themes explored in the play include friendship; the struggles of pioneer life; the importance of education; and the immigrant experience. The play is based on a true story.


Dramatic play, 5 pgs., ca. 1950s

Subject headings:

Ansley (Nebraska) — Drama
Custer County (Nebraska) — Drama
Eloe family — Drama
Foster, Mary (Goldenstein), 1904-1992
Friendship — Drama
Frontier and pioneer life — Nebraska — Custer County — Drama
Ihlow, William — Drama
Kerr, Alice — Drama
Kerr, Howard — Drama

Revised TMM        07-15-2009

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