William James Foster, M. I. and S.I.
1870 Born in Sedgley, Staffs.
Educated at the High School, Barrow-in-Furness.
1891 William Foster 44, blast furnace foreman, lived in Barrow in Furness with Ann Foster 42, William J Foster 21, blast furnace super., Florence A Foster 14, Mary J Foster 12, John E Foster 7, Blanche J Foster 5, Samuel Foster 70, weigh machine clerk
1900 Blast furnace manager, of Darlaston, when he gained a patent on methods of introducing ingredients into blast furnaces making iron; by 1917 he had gained a further 6 patents on blast furnace design and operation
1902/4 Presented papers on blast furnace performance at the Iron and Steel Institute's meetings
1910 Represented the Staffordshire branch of the Iron and Steel Institute in a national meeting called to discuss whether to grade pig iron by fracture or by analysis of its content.
1911 William J Foster 41, iron manufacturer, employer, lived in Walsall with Mary Foster 42, Mamie Foster 17, William Foster 12, Doris Foster 10, Bernard Foster 8
1921 Chairman of Thomas and Isaac Bradley when it was put into liquidation.
1922 An ironmaster
By 1922 he was Past President Iron and Steel Institute, Chairman and Proprietor, Bradley and Foster, Ltd., Darlaston and Birmingham, and T. and. I. Bradley, Ltd., Bilston; Director, Edge Hill Light Railway and Banbury Ironstone Co
Author of numerous papers on Chemistry, Engineering, and Iron and Steel.
1922 Lived in Kenilworth. On the Committee of the British Cast-iron Research Association
1939 William J Foster, ironmaster and general chemist, temporarily retired, lived in Kenilworth with Mary A Foster
1947 A William J Foster, aged 76, died in Warwick