- Robert C. Harvey
Foster, Hal (16 August 1892–25 July 1982), cartoonist, was born Harold Rudolf Foster in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, the son of Edward Lusher Foster and Janet Grace Rudolf. Foster’s father died when he was four; his mother remarried a man named Cox, whose passion for hunting and fly fishing his stepson acquired. Bankrupt in 1906, Cox moved his family to Winnipeg, where Foster began working as an office boy, then learned shorthand and typing and became a stenographer. Disliking office work, in 1911 he found employment as an artist, illustrating mail-order catalogs. He worked for a succession of printing concerns and agencies in Winnipeg, establishing himself as a competent illustrator. During periods of low demand for artwork, he served as a professional guide for hunting expeditions and trapped for fur. In 1915 he married Helen Lucille Wells, an American from Kansas; they spent their honeymoon in a canoe, exploring unmapped lakes. They had two children....