Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Find all Fosters in:
 • Greenwood Memorial Park
 • San Diego
 • San Diego County
 • California
 • Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Community Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In
Sponsor This Memorial!
Hugh Ernest "Ernie" Foster
Learn about upgrading this memorial...
Birth: Apr. 28, 1888
Llano County
Texas, USA
Death: Feb. 28, 1977
Los Alamitos
Orange County
California, USA

Hugh Ernest Foster lived 88 years, 10 months. He was a Barber most of his life. He left the "dairy farm" located 9 milesnorth east of Clovis, New Mexico. His son Alton said he remembered a big fire at the farm when he was very little. The mailing address was Route "Star", Clovis, New Mexico. Ernest's half-brother Bert Foster was employed at the age of 21 at the dairy. Bert registered for the World War 1 draft on June 5th, 1918.

Alton remembers the hail comingdown so hard that it tore through the canvas top of a Model T Ford sedan so that they had to get under the car for protection. He also remembers the hail falling so hard in the yard that it bounced up on the porch of their farm house. Ernest moved to southern Arizona and separated from his wife and children. Mable moved to live in Globe,Arizona with her half-sister Clara Miller with the three children. After Barbering in Southern Arizona in Bisbee, Ernest moved to Long Beech, California; then San Pedro, California.

He set up his barbershop down near the warfs where lots of Navy men were stationed. He never married again. He learned ballroom dancing and won many trophies for his fancy footwork. He had many dance partners over the years. He loved to dress up for the local dances with his dark suits and hats.

Ernest was called "Ernie" by most of his friends. Ernie loved to train dogs to do many tricks. His barbershop customers were always entertained by his dogs. He also had parrots that could speak. Ernie raised Ilene (oldest daughter) as she came to live with him after his divorce to Mable. Maxine and Alton lived in Globe and in Phoenix, Arizona with Mable. Sometimes they would visit and write but not often. After the kids were raised Mable moved to San Diego,California to live. Still no reconcilliation betweeen Ernie and Mable. Mable nor Ernie never had anymore children. Ernie sent a new two dollar bill to each of his grandchildren for a gift at many Christmas seasons.

His son Alton and grandson Gary went to visit Ernie in his barbershop on several occasions and asked him the names of his Foster and Elliott family members. He would sit in his barber chair and roll off the names and some of the dates but he did not keep in touch and got a few people mixed up. But this was where we had to start in our search for our family members.

Ernie was tall at 6 foot 1 1/2 inches. His only son Alton and his grandson Gary grew to the same height. Howard Stofer, a grandson grew much taller. Gary had two sons, Brent grew to be 6 feet 2 inches and Lance was our tallest at 6 feet 4 inches. Ernie was approximately 200 pounds and an attractive man.

His divorce caused him to be separated from his immediate family. He became a lonesome man and was bitter at the end of his life when he had to be admitted to a rest home to live. He would get so mad at the nurses for his loss of "freedom" and independance that he would throw his bedpan at them. Though family members would visit him he was not a happy camper to leave his barbershop where he had spent his lifetime working and living in a small room in the back. He lived another year or so in the rest home and then died having lived a full life in the world without the reward of having his wife and family around him.

Ernest died on his only son, Alton's 65th birthday. His family buried him in San Diego, California in a mausoleum. Seven years later when Mable died she was buried by her children near by in the same mausoleum. In life they may have been separated but in death their family brought them back to rest together again. 
Family links: 
  William Scott Foster (1858 - 1935)
  Lillie Mary Moore Foster (1866 - 1893)
  Mabel Mavis Elliott McGirk (1893 - 1984)
  Ilene Foster Stofer (1915 - 2005)*
  Alton Scott Foster (1917 - 2012)*
  Maxine Foster Newton (1918 - 1987)*
  Eva Mae Foster Rogers (1882 - 1968)*
  Harvey Scott Foster (1886 - 1969)*
  Hugh Ernest Foster (1888 - 1977)
  Elsie Foster (1890 - 1890)*
  Bessie Violet Foster (1892 - 1892)*
  Bert J Foster (1897 - 1974)**
  Guyeula Foster Nard (1907 - 1984)**
*Calculated relationship
Greenwood Memorial Park
San Diego
San Diego County
California, USA
Created by: Gary Foster
Record added: May 17, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 90299140
Hugh Ernest Ernie Foster
Added by: Gary Foster
Hugh Ernest Ernie Foster
Added by: Gary Foster
Hugh Ernest Ernie Foster
Added by: Gary Foster
There are 2 more photos not showing...
Click here to view all images...
Photos may be scaled.
Click on image for full size.

- Cathy
 Added: Jun. 19, 2013

Privacy Statement and Terms of Service