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[Note written at top] Have just had an invitation to go to Sparrow Lake with Edna am going for two weeks.

W6252 TO [REV.] CALVIN MCQUESTEN from his mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
Sep 11 1908
To: Calvin McQuesten Glenhurst, Saskatchewan
From: 'Whitehern' Hamilton

My dearest Calvin,

When we received your letter yesterday telling of your finding good water in your well, we were all most thankful. We had never known you had to go such a distance for your water. You must have had a very trying time, it seems to us and never let us know the discomforts you were suffering. In that heat you must have suffered greatly in your shack. I just pity you, but I hope there will be no return of the intense heat. For the last week we have had very pleasant weather. Last night there was great excitement over the home coming of Bobby Kerr, all the belles in finery and whistles blowing for hours, a great procession headed by the Mayor.1 This is a great time for athletics, but I fancy all sensible people think there is far too much of it and these Olympian games a race-track with men instead of horses. I hope something will be done to stop these long distance races.

I fancy Ruby will have told you all about her trip to Laggan. As to her going to Macleod I do not see how she could go round in the way you describe. People do not mind the preacher visiting them, but they feel differently about a young lady seeing their household amusements; she does not like sharing her bed with anyone, either. Of course I know your idea, to keep her longer in the country at less expense to us, but I do not see how she can do this, Hilda is going to write Grace Rioch, perhaps she may invite her.2

Last Sabbath Dr. Jordan of Queens was again preaching.3 From the reports given by the family, he was giving some Higher Criticism, which seemed most reasonable. Tom was greatly taken with him.

Mrs. Mullin is now enjoying herself at the White Mountains. Had a letter from her and one from Mrs. Fletcher from Winnipeg who is very proud of being a grannie. Mr. & Mrs. Colin [Fletcher] have gone home.4 I am glad you have the tomatoes so hard to have no fruit in warm weather. Will you be able to store any preserves if you have too much where it will not freeze? The time is flying on now. With much love from all.

Your loving Mother

M.B. McQuesten

[P.S.] Wish you had a crop this year as it promises to be so good.


1 Robert ("Bobby") Kerr (1882-1963) was "a blond Irish-Canadian" . . . track great, whose remarkable career as a runner climaxed hundreds of victories and new records . . . with a 1908 Olympic championship in the 220 yards." Some of his records stood for 20 years. He worked at International Harvester and was a "fireman" in Hamilton (Campbell 185, CE 1133).


2 For Grace Rioch, see W4582.


3 For Dr. Jordan, see W5794 where Mary is critical of Jordan's and McFadyen's preaching. Here she appears more accepting of it, from Tom's report. For the "professors & preachers" of "Higher Criticism" see W5283n.


4 For Mullin family, see W4521. For Colin Fletcher family, see W4635.




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