W5483 TO [REV.] CALVIN MCQUESTEN from his mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
Jun 2 1906
To: Calvin McQuesten Standoff, Alberta
From: File Hills School
My dearest Calvin.
I keep on writing you though I have not had a line from you since May 9th. I had hoped you would write to Winnipeg and I would have got it here, as my letters were to be sent on. But I hope you are keeping well and feeling stronger all the time. I left Birtle on Monday a.m. last and went to Portage la Prairie. Mr. & Mrs. Hendry who have charge there are very nice indeed; took with Rev. & Mrs. Thurlow Fraser and heard a great deal about Formosa. On Wednesday reached Brandon. Geills McCrae Kilgour met me and I had a very pleasant visit with her. At prayer-meeting heard a very fine address from Mr. Dickie. Next day spent most of it inspecting the Methodist Industrial Indian School, it is beautifully situated beside the Experimental Farm. Geills also drove me around the town. Mr. Kilgour is a very kind pleasant young man but rather shy I think. Friday (yesterday morning) took 7:20 train for here. Mrs. Steele joined me at Virden at Elkshorn. Gillies Eadie is minister and met us to escort us up to see the Anglican Indian School which is near the station and we had more than an hour to wait. Met Miss Craig there, had left her behind ill at Portage le P. At Esterhazy we stopped 25 minutes for dinner, but it was rather poor, we reached Balcarses [?] at 5 p.m. and Miss Gillespie our Missionary met us and we drove ten miles out here. It was a perfect summer evening, but we were nearly helpless from hunger at 9 p.m. The school is most beautifully situated over-looking a lake. To-morrow we drive 12 miles to the Indian service, it is communion Sabbath and we hope for a fine day. Miss Gillespie and her sister are wonderfully fine women, I could not begin to tell all they do here, over seeing the farm the school and the religious teaching of the Indians on Reserve; they are so fine looking too, bright and attractive. I go on to Regina Monday or Tuesday and then back to Winnipeg on my way home. Shall try to go out to Tenlon and stop over at Kenna and see the Cecilia Jeffery School at Lake of the Woods, which is said to be a most beautiful trip. We go in the mission launch over 40 miles.
Sabbath evening. Have just returned from the colony where we had service, there is no church & the house could not hold up so benches & organ and table were taken outside. The wine poured into a jug & two tumblers. Two young Indians baptised & four joined the church. Mr. Heron from Regina School was there & an old minister Mr. Roson, both spoke so well. Mr. H. is to drive Mrs. Steele & myself through the reserve over to Regina, it will take us two days, just fancy me. When you receive this it will be too late I suppose to write me any place except home. Do hope you are well, with fondest love.
[M. B. McQuesten]
1 For more on Kilgour family, see W5464.