W-MCP6-1.421 TO MARY BAKER MCQUESTEN from her son Rev. Calvin McQuesten
Sep 15 1910
To: Mary Baker Mcquesten [Gravenhurst, Ontario]
From: Glenhurst, Saskatchewan
My dearest Mother,
Got back on Tuesday from my long trip out West, & found your letter of Sept. 3rd, waiting for me. It was really a relief to know that Ruby had decided not to go to Arizona, although in a way it was disappointing. There is a certain satisfaction in feeling that you can do something.2
By the same mail, I got Globe telling of Fred Harris's resignation from Chalmer's Church. So I am writing to Mr. Ketchen to-day to secure me a hearing. It might fit in very well with our arrangements with Ruby, if I could get that for a year or two. I am also asking Mr. Ketchen to get me dates at Beamsville & Hagersville which are now vacant. I see by the same paper & I would like very well to get several months supply before considering a charge at all, and the nearer to Hamilton I can get it, the better.
I was glad to hear about Helen Gartshore, I should like very much to see her again. Did I tell you before about having to get out to Wiggins some 50 miles West of here for last Sunday to disperse the placements? It meant a drive of more than a hundred miles altogether; and three communion services, with baptisms as well, make a heavy day's work. But as I had been there before, it was pleasant to renew old acquaintances along the way. At one point I met a Mrs. Beaton formerly Kate Macdonald, a maid of Mrs. Fletcher's, who, of course, remembered you all. The school teacher at another place, a Tom Kerr of Kingston, had known Mr. McKeracher at Queen's & also Willie & Archie Mullin.
Next week I go to Saskatoon for Presbytery, so the time flies.
I think I told you that I expect to get away from here the first week in November. Please let me know if you will have left Gravenhurst by that time, so that I may know whether to come by North Bay or Minneapolis & Chicago. I may be able to get a reduced rate through E. D. McLaren at Toronto & so would like to know at once.2
We are having beautiful weather just now, although it was cold for my trip West, and I was very glad of Tom's fur coat.
By the way, I expect to have an auction sale of the things in my shack. Shall I just sell the bedding too, or would you like me to bring it back?
Must close now, with best love to all.
Your affectionate son,
1 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.
2 Calvin is leaving his homestead in Saskatchewan on the first week of November and would like to apply for preaching positions in Hamilton area to be nearer Ruby. He is having an auction sale for the contents of his shack.