W6387 TO [REV.] CALVIN MCQUESTEN from his mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
Apr 8 1909
To: Calvin McQuesten Glenhurst Saskatchewan
My dear Calvin,
By this time you are, I suppose in your own small home. Ruby reached us only last night (Wednesday ). When she got to Toronto on Monday, she thought she would see Dr. Caven before coming on, which was a good idea, as she had such a miserable cold. He was busy with operations and she could not get him till yesterday afternoon. He gave her a stomach tonic and I think when she is well rested and able to go out in the warm days, she will be alright; after being a week on the road home, in different beds, she is naturally tired out. At the same time it is really disappointing to have her come home in such poor shape after nine months absence. Do not think she has been well since journey. You would be quite disappointed too not to find her better. It was nice of her just to come on home, as she could not go about. However, I think the change home will soon make her a different person. Yesterday we had a terrible wind storm any amount of damages. Plate glass windows blown in and in the South [?] any amount of damage, chimneys blown down &c. Our cover of skylight was lifted off and carried on to the terrace and the entire fence round the garden blown down.
In the meantime a new site for a Public Library is required, Carnegie having offered $75,000. Mr. Chisholm has tendered our place at $25,000. There is scarcely any likelihood of its being taken on account of Railway. But I do hate having to lay out money on that old fence.
To-night's paper says 2000 chimneys were blown. Mary and I were down town and something was blown in my eye, but I ran into Dr. Osborne and it was alright in a minute. The wind kept on last night at a terrible rate and our beds shook, and roared down the chimneys. So I do not feel very bright to-day, but thankful we escaped as well.
Our snow-drops are very fine, so many of them and the other things are perking up. Well, Cal dear, we shall be glad to hear of your safe arrival and being comfortably settled. I received your card from Winnipeg. Have sent Globes with reports of Layman's Congress. A fine fellow is Sir Andrew Fraser! All join in best love.
Your loving mother
[P.S.] To-night's Times says you have passed. Hurrah! Hurrah!