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W6196 TO [REV.] CALVIN MCQUESTEN from his mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
Jul 13 1908
To: Calvin McQuesten Glenhurst Saskatchewan
From: 'Whitehern'

My dearest Calvin

Your letter written at Delisle reached me this morning. We have been having very warm weather too. Saturday night got very little sleep, and yesterday it was terrible and to-day, but this evening we had a thunderstorm and it is much cooler. We are having a very warm summer and it began so early. I do pity you with those mosquitos we have none to speak of. Perhaps you know that Mrs. Winchester is a daughter of Senator Douglas who lives somewhere near in Qu'Appelle Valley. I have heard he is the same Mr. Douglas who was our first missionary to India.

We had a card from Ruby, written an hour before they reached Calgary, they were not the least tired and sorry the journey was at an end. I am hoping to hear to-morrow where she is settled, so will not close this to-day. I trust there will be no need of Ruby making a long stay in the West. I would rather she did no more teaching, you see that is what used up her throat. Tom is greatly opposed to it.

Mrs. Mullin has returned with Nellie from her visit to Robin. She was delighted with the reception given her, teas, dinners, automobile rides etc. but Nellie is quite run down and Dr. Malloch has ordered her to rest a couple of months. 1

Did I tell you Mr. Haddo preached here one Sabbath and was inquiring for you and wished to be remembered to you. Mary met him at the Manse. Dr. Fletcher came up to see us before going up to Thames Road to supply Colin [Fletcher] for a month. Colin is not fit to be moved yet. I do pity Mrs. C. I think she is almost worn out, such a long wearisome illness.

Yesterday the family went to St. Paul's, as it has been arranged for St. Paul's and McNab to unite for July and August. Did I tell you the Central Church was most beautiful inside? Perfect colouring.

Tuesday 10 a.m. Have just heard from Ruby, she is most comfortably settled at 1510 4th St. W. Calgary. Am sending her letter on to Tom to send to you. We are busy this morning preserving. Mary has been down to the market and got red currants, black currants and raspberries as Tuesday is generally cheapest day; we are providing for you also. Am so impatient at your not getting your stove etc. yet; they have been on the way now since end of May. I am so thankful Ruby has got such reasonable rates, was afraid we should have to pay $10 a week. Glad to see you had made such a fine reputation.

With much love

Your Mother


1 Dr. Archibald Edward Malloch became famous in North America as being responsible for bringing the "germ theory" to N.A. He brought the antiseptic theory from Scotland first to Hamilton, which was the beginning of antiseptic treatments and conditions in medicine. See CMAJ article on his achievement at W4582.




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