W6295 TO REV. CALVIN MCQUESTEN from his sister Edna McQuesten
Sep 26 1908
To: Rev. Calvin McQuesten Glenhurst, Saskatchewan
From: Whitehern, Hamilton, Ontario
My dear Calvin,
We expected Tom this afternoon but he hasn't turned up and so we think he has been delayed, as he was packing up his things at the fraternity house, as after his holidays which begin next week he will be back at Grosvenor St.1
I got a letter from Laura [Hostetter?] and she is much excited over the prospect of getting home next month. She sent love to the family, extra for the boys. Mrs. Thomson, Joe and Margaret sailed the 20th of this month. There is an old Mrs. Grattan at the refuge who continually inquires after Laura. Laura said she used to say "the hinnermost centre of her 'eart."
Florence Howell went with me to read the blind woman at the Refuge and afterwards she invited me in to have afternoon tea and Mrs. (Rev.) Daw was calling. Her father, Fraser, was a very wealthy lumberman in Ottawa. She said when he began business he used to wish to have someone who would donate him a few hundred dollars. When he started he had a hundred dollars and a jack knife. His first enterprise was when at 21 years old he took a raft of lumber to Ottawa and received $40,000 for it. When he died he left his money amongst his various relatives, he did not believe in leaving it all to one person.
Lorna Culham has her engagement ring, a diamond. Jimmy Slater is the young man of course. He is in Winnipeg in Wood Valance's. Olive is in Philadelphia with the Bryants. She is invited to three or four weddings there. She is to visit various friends there and expects to remain till Christmas. Gordon went with her back to school. Hubert has been in Manitoba his health has not been good. He studied till all hours in the morning. Lorna bought a canoe in the spring and belongs to the aquatic club in Oakville. It is a pretty club house on the river. They have dances in it twice a week and it cost Lorna $10 altogether, $5 for membership fee and $5 for certain privileges. Harry Page and Katherine Parish are to be married in the early spring. Lorna is very anxious to see how it will turn out. Katherine is fearfully worshipful of Harry Page. They seem much in love!
Tom has arrived home.
Kenneth Marlatt was much taken with Olive's friend Marjorie Longrope when she stayed with Olive. He was in N. Y. this summer and went on to Philadelphia to see Miss Longrope.
We will all be very glad to see you home. I hope you'll get this letter before you leave. Tom is planning for his trip to Manchester. I wish Mama could go with him.
We heard three splendid addresses at the Laymen's Meeting in St. Paul's S.S. A Dr. Brown a Baptist spoke on India from experience. A young Mr. Stuart from China, a returned missionary spoke exceedingly well on the resources of the country and the need of missionaries. Then Mr. Russell of India gave a fine address. Mr. Pringle wound up so well I do wish you could have heard them. They were a treat.
1 Tom is going on a vacation to the old Homestead and to see his relatives in Manchester.
Then Tom went back to Toronto to practice law for a few months and then to Cobalt in Northern Ontario as a lawyer until June of 1909 when he took a position with Chisholm, his father's old law partner. See Tom's Biographical sketch by clicking on "Family" on the Home Page and then on his photo.