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 Ida Ann <I>Fosting</I> Haun

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Ida Ann Fosting Haun

  • Birth 2 Oct 1862 Illinois, USA
  • Death 4 Nov 1929 Arroyo Grande, San Luis Obispo County, California, USA
  • Burial Arroyo Grande, San Luis Obispo County, California, USA
  • Plot Section C
  • Memorial ID 74133552

Ida Ann Fosting was born in Illinois and moved with her family when she was a young child to Snelling,CA sometime before the 1870 census. By the time of the 1880 census, the family was now living in Arroyo Grande, Ca.

Ida's last name (maiden name) was sometimes spelled two different ways. The 1870 census has her last name as "Fosting" and the 1880 census has her last name as "Forsting". Ida's granddaughter, my grandmother, says her last name was "Fosting". She ought to know as she spent many summers with her grandmother. However, Ida's brother Charles' gravestone has the last name spelled as "Forsting" so the mystery continues :)!

Ida was the second wife of William Andrew Haun.

The old family homestead, pictured in the photograph on the right, was on land located approximately at the intersection of what is now Halcyon Road and Valley Road in Arroyo Grande, Ca. The house no longer exists. The area is still primarily farmland as it was at the time when the house existed.

At the time that William Andrew Haun moved to Arroyo Grande, he did so under the provision of the Homestead Act of 1862. The home was located on a portion of the 160 acres that he received when he applied for the land through the Homestead Act.

"The Homestead Act was a United States Federal law that gave an applicant freehold title to 160 acres (one quarter section or about 65 hectares) of undeveloped land outside of the original 13 colonies. The new law required three steps: file an application, improve the land, and file for deed of title. Anyone who had never taken up arms against the U.S. Government, including freed slaves, could file an application and improvements to a local land office. The Act was signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln on May 20, 1862. Eventually 1.6 million homesteads were granted and 270,000,000 acres (1,100,000 km²) were privatized between 1862 and 1986, a total of 10% of all lands in the United States. 12 Stat. 392." (source: Wikisource)

The Haun family owned 80 acres of farmland and 80 acres of hill land. The hill land was located on what is now known to the locals as "The Mesa".

When William and Ida retired, they sold their farm and moved to the victorian house pictured here. The house had a carriage house for the horses and carriage where the garage is located now. When the Arroyo Grande creek threatened to overflow and flood her house Grandma Haun declared that she no longer wanted to live here so they moved to the house at 117 N. Mason St., Arroyo Grande, Ca. which is also pictured here. The Arroyo Grande Creek is located just to the left of the property so, as you can see, it is very close to the house. There was no dam to control the creek at the time, like there is now, so the creek would rise very high. I guess her fears were justified :-)

Ida refused to install a toilet in her house, believing it to be unsanitary. She always had a outhouse on her property with a washing area for washing the hands on her back porch! She did have a restroom for bathing inside the home but refused to allow a toilet to be installed!

Ida passed away from blood poisoning due to a cut she received when she injured her knee. This was before the time of the antibiotics that we have today. Had antibiotics been available, she probably would not have died from this injury. She contracted blood poisoning (aka: Septicemia) after she fell on a wooden sidewalk in Arroyo Grande, Ca.


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  • Maintained by: sharon duffin
  • Originally Created by: Ron West
  • Added: 29 Jul 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 74133552
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Ida Ann Fosting Haun (2 Oct 1862–4 Nov 1929), Find A Grave Memorial no. 74133552, citing Arroyo Grande Cemetery, Arroyo Grande, San Luis Obispo County, California, USA ; Maintained by sharon duffin (contributor 47543760) .