W9864c TO MATT BROMAN from his associate, T.B. McQuesten.
Mar 3 1943
To: Matt Broman, Niagara Falls, Ontario.
From: T.B. McQuesten
[ONTARIO CREST - shield and animals]
Office of Minister of Highways
Toronto, March 3, 1943.
K.M. Broman, Esq.,
Superintendent of Arboriculture,
Niagara Parks Commission,
Niagara Falls, Ontario
I have read your letter of March 2nd with enclosure, which I have read with interest. I should like to comment on matters which occur to me as I go through the various sections to which you refer.
Section (a) - Homer to Stamford.
There are certain parts of this in which you had a pod catch in connection with the planting of what will become a hedge in the narrow central strip. I remember one considerable section which is very fine. Other sections, however, as you know, for I think we have discussed them, did not take as well. Would you consider replanting these with stock you might get from St. Williams? I still like the idea of planting oak, if that is agreeable to you, and having the bright colour in the fall. However, if there is anything else that you would prefer, let me know. I should like to get a lot of flowering shrubs like lilac, thorns and crabs in the area below the mountain. I believe they would grow well and it end should be one mass of colour. [Handwritten note] This would be in the outside marquis.
Section (b) - Stanford to Rainbow Bridge.
I note that you used the black soil form farther up the highway in this area. This should be our most complete planting job. I can only reiterate that I would like to see great masses and varieties of the good flowering shrubs as in the paragraph above. The houses on both side at this entrance until you join the city street are not very ornamental and it would be a good thing to plant them right out. Where you think it suitable a solid line of planting against the fence of large trees I think would be valuable. Much of it needs protection from the wind and the area across from the circle on the mian highway running up towards Highway No. 20 could be havily planted to protect the whole entrance from the strong west winds. I think, too, you could use some chestnuts fairly freely in this section and perhaps the larger varieties of catalpas.
Section (c) - Stamford to Peace Bridge.
I am very interested to read of your replacement of hawthorne. Much of this is fairly tough land to make a start upon. I can only say, in view of the experience we have had, that it is immensely valuable to go as far as you can with boundary planting before the area is paved. We constantly are under criticism and attack for this kind of expenditure after the traffic gets on the pavement. Do everything you can to complete the planting this year.
I am also interested to note that the older men have been working on this job. Probably you will be able to arrange to get them again. I have a man who was brought to my attention by Mr.Tom Blakelock whom you might put on this work as a foreman. If you have not a man of your own, let me know. I also approve of your last paragraph on page 3 of your memorandum.
With kind personal regards,
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 part of the Broman collection.
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2 This document was originally numbered 986.1.074.1 but has been renumbered for cataloguing purposes.