W9863v TO MITCHELL HEPBURN from his associate, T.B. McQuesten
Oct 16 1942
To: Matt Broman, Niagara Falls, Ontario.
From: T.B. McQuesten Niagara Parks Commission
Training School for Apprentice Gardeners
Niagara Falls Ontario
October 16th, 1942.
Dear Sir:-[Premier Hepburn]1
We [T.B. McQuesten and Matt Broman]2,3 are pleased to send you, by mail 1 1/2 lbs. of onion seed. Last spring we received one bag of onions from Premier Hepburn's farm and promised the Premier we would send the ripe seed to him.
The onions were of medium size, and in very good shape. We planted them about 6" apart, in the room were 9" apart. During the growing season they were free of all disease, and during the flower season they showed excellent growth. As we planted no other onions close by, we can assure you that there are not crossed with any other kind.
After flowering-time, onions start to form small onions, and after collecting all the onion seed, we took care of these small onions, of sets, planting from and they are growing well at the present time. The last wek in august the seed was collected, and when tested for germination it was found to be 90-95% viable.
By this little experiment, we have shown that it will pay to grow any kind of onion seed in this part of the country.
With this seed parcel we are pleased to enclose in an envelope, a few good onions, from Navy Island, for some of your friends to eat.
Yours very respectfully,
Hon. T.B. McQuesten, K.C.,
Minister of Highways,
This letter is to Premier Hepburn from T.B. McQuesten and Matt Broman. Thomas was a cabinet minister in Hepburn's government and ran for leadership of the provincial Liberal Party after Hepburn resigned in 1942. See W-MCP7-1.264 for Thomas's "platform" and for more on his political career in general see his biography.
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 part of the Broman collection.
3 This document was originally numbered 986.1.067 but has been renumbered for cataloguing purposes.