W-MCP6-1.422 TO THOMAS B. MCQUESTEN from his mother Mary Baker McQuesten.
Sep 15 1910
To: Thomas B. McQuesten Hamilton, Ontario
From: Gravenhurst, Ontario
My dearest Tomity,
So glad to receive your nice letter, and hope by this time you have heard something definite about the house. I think as soon as we can see the inside of it, I would need to come down.1
I heard from Cal this week, he agrees with you, that our hope is in God and if R. [Ruby] is content not to go to Arizona, he is very glad. She is keeping quite comfortable, temperature low and eating very well, and sleeping well, not coughing so much.2
Hilda has been telling about the way the hot water runs in the bath room. I want you to get Stevenson himself up, telephone them to send him up to you at office, and let him decide what is to be done, if we have to get a new boiler in the kitchen in order to stand more pressure it would have to be done, it has got far worse, H. [Hilda] says.
We too have had cold days and nights, but to-day is lovely. We lit the self-feeder but were nearly roasted out.
I am deeply grateful to you for helping me out with the taxes. I do not know what I should have done without you. It would have been so trying to have to take another note; and we shall be able to make up pretty well now, for Cal says he will have $400 to the good, when he returns in Nov. 3
We had London papers from Mrs. Ketchen, her father seems to have been quite a prominent man. I also saw the marriage of Walter Little in Winnipeg & a Miss Elsie Gordon, daughter of a Winnipeg druggist. I do not believe that report of Mrs. Thomson having sold her place, think she would have written me about it.
Ruby had a visit from Miss Grantham, she appeared unexpectedly one morning, had gone to a place in the town to stay; and then came over to see R. Mary [lured?] her up to see Sanatorium and we kept her for tea.
Edna is keeping very well, and is not at all hankering for the city.
The Hirst Int. is due on 19th and I shall have to get $10 of it sent me next week. Well, H. is waiting to take this to post.
With fondest love, dearie,
Your loving Mother,
1 This is the cottage for Ruby on the Hamilton Mountain where she was moved on or near October 15, see Box 12-478.
2 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 This paragraph indicates that Mary is still in financial difficulty and that Tom has been able to help out a little. The cost of caring for Ruby, renting quarters for her and her medical bills have been a large financial burden.
Also, this is one of the first indications that Cal has been able to earn or accumulate any extra money. He is selling up his belongings in his "shack" in Saskatchewan, but has left his homestead farm in the hands of local farmers (Glendinning) to plant and harvest. See W8944, Jan. 15, 1912, from Glendinning. Also see Calvin's biographical sketch by clicking on "Family" on the Home Page and then on his picture.