W9861t TO MATT BROMAN from his associate, T.B. McQuesten.
Dec 20 1940
To: Matt Broman Matt Broman
From: T.B. McQuesten
[ONTARIO CREST - shield and animals]
Dec 20th 1940
Office of the Minister of Highways
I am not sending out any cards this year but--I wish to extend to you the compliments of the season and to express the hope that you will have a Happy New Year. I shall be pleased if you have a holiday and add a few pounds to your weight.
I think you are doing a useful work with the boys. We do not seem to have much brick in placing them in their appropriate callings but if times would approve I am sure we would do better. Apart from that however the discipline and the experience in learning to work I am sure will make men of most of these lads and I think you can feel you are doing a most useful work in training and developing their characters. Moreover if our old world were to topple into the abyss these boys have now received the indispensable knowledge which will enable them to live.
So take heart and keep on. Enjoy your holiday and return built up again.
1 Matt Broman worked very closely with Thomas B. McQuesten on many of his projects in Hamilton and in Niagara. There is a plaque commemorating Matt Broman's work at the RBG near the Thomas B. McQuesten High Level Bridge. There is also a small lookout park named after him on the brow overlooking King's Forest Park in Hamilton. The series of letters beginning with "986" are all Broman's.
For more information on T.B. McQuesten see his biography.
2 This document was originally numbered 986.1.021 but has been renumbered for cataloguing purposes.