W9865o TO MATT BROMAN from Tom McQuesten's brother Rev. Calvin McQuesten
Jan 5 1965
To: Matt Broman, Niagara Falls, Ontario.
From: Calvin McQuesten.
January 5, 1965
Dear Matt, 1
What is this I read in yesterday's Spectator about making the marsh into a "Park"?
For many years my principal recreation from early spring to late autumn was canoeing and bird-watching on the Marsh. But for the last couple of years the water has been too low to float even a canoe. I had been hoping that the Royal Botanical Gardens people would get permission from the Government at Ottawa to put a dam under the bridges to raise the level of the water in the Marsh so it would float rowboats & canoes.
But what is this idea of a Park? Are they proposing to fill in most of it?
Will you please let me know for it means much to me personally. My best wishes to you and your wife for a good New Year.
God bless you both!
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 the "Broman" letters.This document was originally numbered 986.1.107 but has been renumbered for cataloguing purposes
For more information on T.B. McQuesten see his biography
2 Calvin was an avid birdwatcher and was generally an outdoor enthusiast. He enjoyed canoeing in particular, and despite a congenital defect in his left hand he would go out on the water by himself. His account of the time he spent in Gaspe, Quebec shows his love for activity, see Box 08-001. For more information on Rev. calvin McQuesten see his biography. Also see photos in photo section of Calvin and his canoe and Jack Miner.