Memorable Manitobans: Arthur Hayward Foster (1871-1948)
Born at Fisher’s Grant, Picton County, Nova Scotia on 24 June 1871, son of Samuel A. “Sam” Foster an Eliza. C. Doyle, he graduated from Dalhousie University (MA, Classics) and Pinehill Theological College (BD), both at Halifax. By 1902, he worked as a Presbyterian clergyman and resided at Picton Landing. On 2 August 1902, he married Elizabeth Mary McDonald (1872-1971) at Ferrona, Nova Scotia and had two children; Alfreda Calder Foster (1904-1980) and Arthur Archibald Foster (1910-?). They lived in the Douglas Township (1911).
By 1919, he moved to Oakburn and was Minister of the Oakburn Presbyterian Church (c1919-1921), resigning in late August 1921 to be Principal of a two-room Ruthenian school in the Gilbert Plains area. He was Principal of Plumas School (1924-1929) and David Livingstone School (1929-1930), resigning from the Brandon School District in July 1930 and taking up a staff position at Brandon College (1930-?) that fall semester, replacing Dr. H. L. MacNeill, as a professor of Latin and Greek, working there for many years. He also remained active in church circles, preaching in area surrounding Brandon.
He suffered a stroke around early May 1948, and despite a positive initial recovery, died at Brandon on 27 May 1948, with burial in Brandon Cemetery.
Birth registrations, [Alfreda Calder Foster], New Brunswick Vital Statistics.
Birth [Arthur Hayward Foster & Arthur Archibald Foster] and marriage registrations, Nova Scotia Vital Statistics.
Death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
1921 & 1926 Canada censuses, Library and Archives Canada.
“Meeting of Presbytery,” Rapid City Reporter, 17 July 1919, page 1.
“Attending Synod,” Brandon Daily Sun, 11 November 1920, page 7.
“Oakburn news [Rev A. H. Foster ...],” Shoal Lake Star, 1 September 1921, page 1.
“Many changes in teaching staffs made,” Brandon Daily Sun, 14 June 1930, page 1.
“College re-opens here tomorrow,” Brandon Daily Sun, 29 September 1930, page 1.
Obituary, Brandon Daily Sun, 28 May 1948, page 5.
Burial transcriptions, Brandon Cemetery.
This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.
Page revised: 24 June 2021