W8164 TO [REV.] CALVIN MCQUESTEN from his brother Thomas McQuesten
Jun 7 1903
To: Calvin McQuesten Montreal Herald, Montreal, Quebec
From: Quyon, Quebec
My dear Cal,
Arrived here at Mohr's [or John's?] Island on Thursday last. It is a group of small huts built in a circle in the middle of the Ottawa River 5 miles below Quyon my post office address.
I am not letting the Mother know the nature of the work I am doing which is common log-driving.1 It is pretty hard work for ten hours a day but I will get used to it and the air is fine. The food is enough but very good and that is the most important thing. A person can stand hard work if the food is good.
As yet I am not very expert in running on the loose timber but there is not very much danger as the men who are on the whole a fine set of fellows are careful to watch a green hand.
Sam Rushton[?sp] the cook caught a couple of fine Muskelunge the other day, one of them very long 25 lbs and the other 40. It is against the law this season but up here the law is not very well enforced.
The country is perishing for want of rain and is consumed by bush fires. As I write I can see the fires raging on the mountains. The smoke is so thick that it obscures the sun which is a blessing as otherwise it would be very hot, but you don't notice it in any other way.
My address is c/o Courtney Hutchison, Quyon, P.Q. He is the foreman and a very fine fellow.
Well, must close.
Your loving Brother
1 Tom spent the summer of 1903 and 1904, working as a lumberjack in Quebec--and for some time in the fall of 1905 (according to Ruby's letter, W5410, dated Sept. 15, 1905), See also W4977, W8160, W8164, W8166, W8170, W-MCP2-3b.055, W-MCP2-4.057, W-MCP2-4.058.
This letter was found in Tom's correspondence so it is likely that his mother never saw it.