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HISTORY NEBRASKA MANUSCRIPT FINDING AID



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



Play:  1950s

Ansley, Custer County, Nebraska:  Teacher

Size:  One item



BACKGROUND NOTE



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.



SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE



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.



INVENTORY



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