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W6564 TO REV. CALVIN MCQUESTEN from his mother, Mary Baker McQuesten
Dec 11 1909 Saturday Afternoon (approximate date)
In care of (c/o)
To: Calvin McQuesten Knox College Toronto Ontario
From: 'Whitehern'

Dearest Cal,

Am just enclosing R.'s letter, as I told her I would, and a card then to you would be sufficient. It is unfortunate that The Minnewaska is just such a poor building. Those rooms with verandah are very well for patients out of bed but very dank for bed patients. I had been troubling about R.'s room having so little air and would be quite willing to fix window but even then it will not be very airy. I really think it is Mrs. Fournier's work to make her rooms fit for patients but suppose she has no money to spare, so I must just do it.

When I came home from G.[Gravenhurst?] last month I found poor Hilda with a terrible nose, it had gathered on the outside, but as she had a similar one after last Christmas work we supposed it would just have to take its time, but finally we thought she had better see the doctor, he declared it had been poisoned, probably her veil and gave her some remedies which were very effective the swelling is all down, but it is literally the colour of a beet all over the tip of the nose and the poor girl cannot be seen. Pretty hard for poor Touser, [Hilda] but well it is no worse. Little May Ketchen is in bed with bronchitis, and was threatened with pneumonia. Well, I heard from Mrs. Miller from Los Angeles, who says, "All her friends there agree that California is not a good place for such troubles & that Arizona is the very best climate, so much drier and not such extremes of heat and cold. People come flocking out here for bronchitis, lung trouble catarrh etc. the place is full of them & they find little benefits; indeed many contract such diseases here; few seem exempt from catarrh in Los. A. But Arizona is different, the climate is so dry more even and few, if any fogs. There are some rather nice towns, Tucson, Phoenig(?) [sic] [Phoenix] etc. the former about 14 hours run on cars from here, that is where Walter Rose (my nephew) spent a winter and regained his health; and he went to Phoenig(?) [sic] in the Spring it's higher up--his wife and little son were with him.--But there is a sanatorium somewhere in Arizona run by friends of Edith Coleman's, a doctor & his wife. He has to live on the desert, as it is called & think it would be a good thing for you to write Edith and get their address and then you could get particulars. This doctor's wife was a Miss Dowd a friend of Lottie Coleman's."

I am very glad to get this information, she also says Mrs. Whittemore is going out there in January, the doctor had said she would not be able to go out all winter here with neuralgia and rheumatism. O dear, we are poor bodies.

Thankful you are keeping well, and getting on with your work. Some very cold days but fine now, very dusty without the snow. All join in love, with fondest love from your mother.

M.B. McQuesten

[P.S.} How soon poor Harvey Gunn went. Our Times said of tumour.




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