W5675 TO [REV.] CALVIN MCQUESTEN from his mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
Oct 8 1906
To: Calvin McQuesten Macleod, Alberta
My dear Cal.
Your letter came this morning and I was glad to receive such a long one and to know that you had been having a little variety and had met some new people. It is always enlivening and "stimulating" as Tom remarked to me on hearing of my various journeys. I think Judge Britton had a great family of daughters and came from Kingston, Tom will know. It is rather a pity when the minister's wife is not a helpmeet for the minister, so much can be done by her.
On Tuesday afternoon I set off for Niagara Falls, taking the trolley then thence to Chippawa. It was a glorious day sunny and warm and the ride all along the banks of the river, past the falls and the rapids was simply delightful. Had not seen them for years and the view for the trolley was so fine, then I saw the very handsome structures of the Ontario Power Co. they are building now what looks more like a temple than a business concern, with rows of fine Corinthian pillars of beautiful Illinois stone. The company has many Buffalo millionaires in it and has spent about $25,000,000. It is certainly fortunate, that such a beautiful spot is not to be spoiled by wretched buildings; and the park was lovely too. It was quiet a treat. Reached Chippawa at 5 o'clock and stayed in a very comfortable new house with a Mrs Davidson.
Our meeting was in the evening and the minister and a number of ladies from Drummondville came up. The minister Mr. Findlay was very interested to hear all about the West as he had been there. You know I am being asked all over just to tell about our Indian Schools.
Wednesday morning came home and started off by 8 o'clock train next morning for Galt. Unfortunately it turned out a wet day which did not trouble me except it prevented a number from coming out. I stayed with a Mrs. Goodwin (a niece of old Mr. McMillan who lived at the opposite corner from our church and whose son was the Senator). She was very kind and took a cab for me, we had a pleasant meeting in Central Church, tea afterwards and then I went to the station where I took the 6:40 train home. Always glad when I get home same day.
This afternoon we are expecting a few ladies to tea. Do you remember meeting up at Lake Joseph, Mrs. Bell a dear old lady, think her son has a cottage there, she was telling me how disappointed she was when she went to hear you to find Mr. Gandier preaching and how she spoke to you and you went to see them. Well, she is spending a few days here with Mrs. Poole at Mrs. Frank Malloch's, so we expect them for 5 o'clock tea with Mrs. Thomson, Mrs. Fletcher and Mrs. Mullin.
Our "Tea" passed off most pleasantly, every one was charmed with old Mrs. Bell and she was so pleased to see the old house again where she and Mr. Bell had often stayed, she said every one spoke so highly of you at Muskoka and she and Dr. Fletcher both know Mrs. McPhail and think she makes a good wife. Mr. McP. was a Queen's man and Mrs. B. knew him. I think I forgot to tell you that I had a note one day from Mrs. Fuller announcing with great joy Hilda's engagement to a Mr. de Corialis a son of Baron Gustavus de Corialis; "A splendid man, who has a fine position in Cuba".
By-the-way Mrs. Mullin says that Mr. Wilton thinks Harold Thomson might have shot himself accidentally as he was out shooting in the Rockies. He went out there because he had deserted from the American Army, which he joined for the second time after coming from S. Africa. You remember he deserted from the N.W. Mounted Police and the Thomsons had to buy him off. It seemed too bad altogether the way he used his life.
On Thursday I am out to Waterdown. Mrs. Dr. Gordon the widow Lady Taylor's daughter out there and asked me to go. If weather, Mrs. Geo. Vallance is to drive me out with Mrs. Fenwick. It will be fun if weather is fine. Then next week I go up to Listowel for the Stratford Presbyterial. Dr. Fletcher was inquiring for you to-day. Hilda has gone down to farewell Grace Rioch, who goes back to the West. Mary R. has gone back to Japan. We took tea there recently but Mrs. R. is much displeased with the bringing up of David's children. D. & his wife are home on furlough from India. Think I have told you the news. With fondest love Cal dear in which we all join.
Your loving mother
The weather keeps mild but a storm is threatening. We had a lovely fire in our drawing room to-day, but have not lit furnace.