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Memorable Manitobans: Ernest Edward Foster (1882-1955)

Hotelier, municipal official.

Born at Stourbridge, England on 26 February 1882, he worked as the proprietor of a public house, married Frances Harper in March 1905 and moved to Canada in 1909, living successively in Winnipeg, Regina, and Indian Head, Saskatchewan. He moved to The Pas in 1924 where he worked as a representative of a creamery. He later moved to Flin Flon, where he and business partner A. “Babe” Allard built the Corona Hotel. He served as Vice President of the Ratepayers Association created to represent the interests of the people in a town dominated by the local mining company. After the town was incorporated, in 1933, he became the first Mayor of Flin Flon, serving from September 1933 to December 1934, and being replaced by George B. Mainwaring. Foster was a member of the Flin Flon Rotary Club, Flin Flon Legion, Masons, and Flin Flon Horticultural Society. In October 1941, he sold his hotel to Drewry’s of Winnipeg and retired to Victoria, British Columbia. He died there on 30 October 1955.


Death registration, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

V. Hedman, L. Yauck and J. Henderson. Flin Flon. Flin Flon Historical Society, 1974. [Manitoba Legislative Library]

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 20 January 2019

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