W-MCP6-1.400 TO THOMAS B. MCQUESTEN from his mother Mary Baker McQuesten
Sep 5 1910 September 5, 1910 (date estimated) Wednesday
To: Whitehern. Hamilton, Ontario
From: [Gravenhurst, Ontario]
[Tom] My dearest,
Be sure to bring or send the boat tickets, as H. means to stop off at Toronto and go up to Eatons. Then do not send word to Rachel to come as H. does not want her, but just let her come her usual day. Can you get Reding to get the tomatoes on Tuesday, 6 baskets and 2 baskets of greengages and send them over on Tuesday Evening, but do not get peaches as H. could not do all at once, they can be got Thursday.--If you have time go round yourself to Dunlop's and ask for a couple of lbs. of fine ground cracked wheat. No good peaches here.1
Enclosing letters, you might telephone Dr. Arnott as to where we could go if we went to N. Carolina, and ask him if he knows anything of the Wingate Sanatorium, Asheville. N.C.2
I wonder if that house you spoke of next Mountain View would be alright for winter, cannot bring it to me at all.3 Cannot think of anything else at present except to order from Osborne $2.00 of granulated sugar and 3 doz. great size rubber rings and 1 doz. pints, and warn them it will be alright to leave them at verandah door.
With fondest love,
Your mother, M.B. McQuesten
[P.S.] H. wants you to telephone Dr. Clark for an appointment, first in morning if possible.
1 Mary continues to supervise the necessary work at home, that is, preserving fruit for the winter. It is likely that Hilda is going home to Whitehern in order to do the preserving.
2 In W-MCP6-1.419, dated August 29, 1910, Dr. Arnott sends Mary a brief letter mentioning North Carolina as a possible destination for Ruby and he enclosed a letter from another patient who had travelled to different sanatoriums in the U.S.
For more information on Ruby's illness, Consumption (tuberculosis), see W6135, and for Ruby's biographical sketch, click on "Family" on the Home Page, and then on her picture.
3 The Mountain View Hotel was at the head of the incline railway on the mountain brow in Hamilton. See image attached IMG233. This is likely the cottage they ended up taking for Ruby, and where she died.