red his trade in Medford and there attained his majority, returned to Scituate
and built four vessels in partnership with Joseph Clapp under the firm name of Clapp & Foster. . . . [Having] reached his twenty-fifth year [he] returned to the Sprague & James yard as foreman.
. . . Before [leaving] Scituate the first time he used to help his father in the store, and often carried the black-strap (rum sweetened with molasses) down to the yards, but during the seventy-eight years of his life , has never used tobacco or tasted spirit, save as a medicine.
He used to play the clarinet and with Uncle Sam Rogers, went to singing school in Pembroke.
At that time Mr. Rogers was courting a Miss Standish, and Mr. Foster was obliged to wait for him to go to her home and do his courting, as Mr. Rogers had the team and it was a long walk. . . An epitaph current with the [Scituate shipyard] reads as follows.
Under this greensward pat, Lies the hulk of old. . . . . . . . . Shepherds rejoi