Born 31 May1882 in Dundee Scotland.
By age 17 years he was producing cartoons for the Dundee Courier and later for two years for The Glasgow News, after which he freelanced in London England. His observations of the plight of the people working in the jute mills and coal mines around Dundee and living in the slums in Glasgow had a deep impact on him.
He immigrated to Touchwood Hills in Saskatchewan to homestead but the enterprise was unsucceessful. He moved to Winnipeg in 1907 and sold a cartoon to the Winnipeg Free Press which landed him a job at the Grain-Grower’s Guide. In 1910, he hired on at the Winnipeg Free Press.
Profiting through real estate speculation from the boom and bust cycles in Winnipeg, he used the money to return to Scotland for a visit but he stayed for three years working first for The Manchester Dispatch, then with the Harmworth Sydicate. In 1913, he returned to Winnipeg and The Grain Grower’s Guide.
He created a cartoon strip called “Doo-Dads” for the Guide. In 1921, he took it to Chicago U.S. A. where it was syndicated by the Universal Feature and Specialty Co. in fifty newspapers in Canada and the U.S. See DOO DADS.
Preferring Winnipeg winters to Chicago lifestyle, he returned to Winnipeg in 1927 and joined the staff of the Free Press where he stayed till retirement in 1954. Western political turbulence in the 1930’s causing the rise of the CCF and Social Credit, were a boon to an editorial cartoonist like Dale. He was at his best and is remembered for his portrayals of Prime Minister W.B. Bennett and Alberta Premier William Aberhart. In his cartoons he sided with the Western farmers in their fights against high interest rates, high tariffs, high freight rates and injustices in the grain trade.
He died in Winnipeg in the Spring of 1962.
The Hecklers. Writ. & Ed.., Peter Desbarates & Terry Mosher. McClelland & Stewart Ltd., 1979: 86-91, 234 – 235.
“Arch Dale: The Pictorial Spokesman Of The West.” Writ., Peter Kuch. Papers Read Before The Historical and Scientific Society of Manitoba. Series III, Number 19. Ed., Douglas Kemp. Winnipeg, 1964: 44-49.
Papers read before the Historical & Scientific Society of Manitoba, 1964: 46. Through permission from the Provincial Archives.
Papers read before the Historical & Scientific Society of Manitoba, 1964: 49. Through permission from the Provincial Archives.