Memorable Manitobans: Andrew Edmond Foster (1867-1956)
Farmer, MLA (1923-1927), MLA (1933-1936).
Born at Enterprise, Ontario on 12 October 1870, son of Andrew Foster and Annabella Victoria Boddy, he was educated at Ontario public schools then came to Manitoba and farmed near Lena. He established a herd of Aberdeen Angus cattle and was a director and President of the Canadian Aberdeen Angus Association.
On 15 January 1896, he married Catherine Elizabeth Cullen (1875-1944, daughter of David Cullen) of Holmfield and they had six children: David Clarence Foster (1899-?), Frederick Edmond Foster (1901-?), Annie Victoria Foster (1904-?, wife of Russell Thomas), Mary Cathleen Foster (1907-?), William Andrew Foster (1909-?), Cecil Cullen Foster (1911-?), and Ruby Evelyn Foster (1914-?).
He was first elected to the Manitoba Legislature at the 1922 general election, defeated in 1927, re-elected in June 1932, and defeated in July 1936 and April 1941. He was a member of AF & AM (Killarney Past Master) and United Church of Canada. He served as a school trustee and municipal councillor, and was actively involved in the Killarney Agricultural Society.
He died on 5 November 1956 and was buried in the Killarney Cemetery.
Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
1901 and 1911 Canada censes, Automated Genealogy.
The Canadian Parliamentary Guide, 1934.
“Last rites held on Tuesday for A. E. Foster former M.L.A.,” Killarney Guide, 8 November 1956.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
We thank Oliver Bernuetz (Legislative Library of Manitoba) for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 11 February 2022