Kathleen Hart Bibb
Kathleen Palmer Hart Bibb Foster (September 6, 1889 – June 30, 1957) was an American concert singer and voice teacher. She was also the model for the character "Julia Ray" in the popular Betsy-Tacy book series, written by her younger sister.
Kathleen Palmer Hart was born in Mankato, Minnesota, the daughter of Thomas Walden Hart and Stella M. Palmer Hart. Her father owned a shoe store. Her younger sister Maud Hart Lovelace became a successful author, and their childhood home is now a museum about their family and her work. Maud Hart based the character "Julia Ray" on her sister Kathleen. Kathleen Hart graduated from the University of Minnesota, and studied voice in Europe.
Kathleen Hart Bibb started singing professionally in Minneapolis. She first sang in Chicago in 1917, in a recital at the Ziegfeld Theater. She gave her first New York concert at the Aeolian Hall in 1918. She frequently performed with her brother-in-law, pianist and composer Frank Bibb, providing accompaniment. For three seasons in the 1920s she toured the United States as a member of the Henshaw Mozart Operatic Company.
She sang for the South Dakota State Suffrage Association in 1917. During World War I Kathleen Hart Bibb performed at benefits for the troops, and for the American Red Cross. She also taught voice in Minneapolis at the MacPhail Center for Music, and at Monticello Seminary in Illinois during the 1920s. Late in life she taught voice at the University of Utah.
Kathleen Hart married twice. She first married lawyer and violinist Eugene Sharp Bibb in 1913; Eugene Bibb spent much of their marriage in the military during World War I, and was awarded three Purple Hearts, a Croix de Guerre, and other honors. Their first son died at birth in 1920; their second son, Eugene, was born in 1922. Her second husband was flutist Frohman Murphy Foster; they married in 1927, in Los Angeles, California. Kathleen Hart Foster died in 1957, aged 67 years, in Salt Lake City, Utah.
- Book Dedications, Betsy-Tacy Society.
- "Kathleen Hart-Bibb Scores" Musical Courier (February 1, 1917): 56.
- "Kathleen Hart Bibb Wins Listeners from Start" Musical Courier (June 28, 1917): 36.
- "Impressions made at her First New York Recital, Aeolian Hall, February 25, 1918" advertisement, Musical Monitor (March 1918): 346.
- "Bibb Joint Recitals" advertisement, Music News (March 4, 1921): 13.
- "Kathleen Hart Bibb Will Join Faculty at McPhail School" Star Tribune (September 12, 1926): 62. via Newspapers.com
- "Kathleen Hat-Bibb Sings for Honor Guests" Musical Courier (April 5, 1917): 49.
- "Local Musician Will Sing at Army Camps" Star Tribune (August 25, 1918): 43. via Newspapers.com
- "Kathleen Hart Bibb" Music News (January 18, 1918): 9.
- F. van K., "Kathleen Hart Bibb" Music News (March 4, 1921): 23.
- "Four New Voice Teachers Added to MacPhail Faculty" Star Tribune (September 17, 1916): 53. via Newspapers.com
- "Kathleen Hart Foster Returns to City and Joins MacPhail Staff" Star Tribune (January 6, 1929): 47. via Newspapers.com
- Annual Catalogue, Monticello Seminary, Junior College and Academy (1925-26): 8.
- "Music Event to Honor Ex-Teacher" Salt Lake Tribune (October 26, 1958): 144. via Newspapers.com
- Untitled social item, Star Tribune (April 10, 1927): 41. via Newspapers.com
- "Utah Deaths" Ogden Standard Examiner (July 1, 1957): 19. via Newspapers.com
- Kathleen Hart Foster's gravesite, on Find a Grave.