W5470 TO [REV.] CALVIN MCQUESTEN from his mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
May 21 1906 May 21, 1906
To: Calvin McQuesten Standoff Alberta
From: 372 Assinaboine Ave Winnipeg
My dearest boy,
It does seem so very long since I heard from you and I trust to hear before I start for home which will be about June 9th if all goes well. To-morrow morning Mrs. Steele,1 Mrs. McLagan2 and I start for Minnedosa, where Dr. Gilbart is to meet us and drive about 16 miles to his reserve at Rolling River. Then we expect to be in Birtle for the 24th. After that I am not very clear as to our movements, but will be at File Hills June 3rd and after that will go to Regina. We can do all this for about $22 as we go single fare. I do hope the weather will be fine or I do not know how we shall manage. On Friday I went to Hon. Colin Campbell's and stayed till to-day.3 They have a new house built in Colonial style, with every thing very fine and in the newest style. Mrs. C. is extremely warm-hearted and kind and all my newspapers have been posted at the Attorney-General's expense.
On Saturday had my first experience of an Automobile ride and do not want another--decided that only a childish man could enjoy it. Amongst the visitors on Sabbath was a Dr. Fred Young who said you were at Varsity with him. He seemed very nice and interested in you and has got on here very well. In the evening we heard Ralph Connor again.4
In the letter from Hilda to-day she tells me Sydney Stevenson is with her; the story of Hart's life and death is a very sad one she says.5 She also tells me that poor Annie Ward has died, it must have been sudden, for she was at Montreal. I am very very sorry not to be at home when Edna gets there but really I must use all my opportunities for seeing the West.6 Every one is so kind and I am feeling very well. I do hope you are keeping well; the weather is very changeable, for the most part cold and windy. On Friday after the meetings it was fearfully cold & windy but I was afraid to waste a day, so we took the street-cars to Kildonan. We had to cross a wide stretch of mud to reach the gate of cemetery, but managed to keep our rubbers on. Most interesting. The monuments of Rev. John Blach and wives, Rev. Dr. Robertson, Rev. Jas and Mrs. Nisbet, Rev. Dr. and Mrs. King and son and many other old and revered Presbyterians. On my way back we carried a stick according to the old custom to scrape the mud off our rubbers before taking the cars. Afterwards went to a tea at Mrs. Sifton's, mother of the Hon. Clifford, meet Lady Schultz every where, she is most agreeable. Must close with fondest love and hoping to hear you are well. Mr. McMillan suggests you should look out for inspectorship, I suppose he means of school in Alberta.7 Just as he was speaking we were interrupted.
Your loving Mother
1 For Mrs. J. Emily Steele, see W4387.
2 Possibly, Mrs. Alex McLagan of 360 Main St. E. (Tyrell 148). She also attended the WFMS conference in Vancouver in June 1912 (W6780).
3 Hon. Colin H. Campbell (later Sir) was attorney-general of Manitoba in 1905 (Manitoba: A History (1957); W5470, W5464 W5460).
4 For Ralph Connor, pseudonym for Charles Gordon, see W5359.
5 For Stevenson family, see W5172.
6 Edna had been in Montreal recovering from a mental breakdown since October 1905. For Edna and her mental illness, see W5382.
7 For MacMillan, see W5464.