R.M. Forester

R.M. Forester, farmer, Gentry, Ark. No name is more closely associated with  
the farming interest of the county than one which heads this sketch, for it  
is borne by a man who, though young in years, is still one of the first      
class agriculturists. He was born in Dade County, Ga., in October, 1855, and 
was the fifth of twelve children, the result of the union of F.N. and Eliza  
A. (Riddle) Forester. The parents were married in Georgia, and resided in    
that State until 1856, when they moved to Arkansas. They settled in Pike     
County, where the mother resides at the present time, but the father died,   
in 1883, at the age of seventy-eight years. He was a Mason, a Democrat in    
politics, and he took an active part in the advancement of society,          
churches, etc. The mother is a member of the Church of Christ, to which she  
connected herself in 1889. R.M. Forester was reared in Arkansas, and         
received an ordinary education in that State. At the age of twenty-three     
years he began working for himself as a miller, and this continued for five  
years. He then became dissatisfied and engaged in agricultural pursuits,     
which he has continued ever since. He is at present the owner of 220 acres   
of land, and has thirty-five acres under cultivation. He was married         
January 25, 1880, to Miss Isadora Yarbrough. She was born in Alabama, and    
her father, S.A. Yarbrough, moved to Arkansas from Alabama in 1878, and      
still resides in this State. To Mr. and Mrs. Forester have been born three   
children: Henry F., Maudie L. and Garland M., all living with their parents. 
Mr. Forester is a Democrat in politics, and was elected magistrate in 1888,  
which position he still holds.                                               
Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Southern Arkansas, 1890, Pike County, 
page 326.                                                                    
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