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Dec 7 1888


All classes of citizens will learn with regret that I.B. McQuesten died at 9 o'clock this morning. The deceased was enjoying his usual health until Tuesday evening but was taken sick about midnight. Dr. Mullin was called in and was with him until 9 a.m. today when he died. Mrs. McQuesten left him reading in the library and went to bed. About midnight she heard a fall, and on going downstairs found her husband lying in an insensible condition. In a glass in the room was the remains of a sleeping draught which the deceased was in the habit of taking occasionally, and it is supposed that in his latterly feeble state of health the dose proved too much for him. Dr. Mullin was immediately summoned and stayed with him until morning by which time he had partially recovered consciousness but shortly after he relapsed into insensibility and died in a few minutes.

Mr. McQuesten was the second son of the late Dr. Calvin McQuesten of this city. He was born on Nov. 26, 1847, and was consequently 41 years of age at the time of his death. He received his education at Dr. Tassie's school in Galt, the Upper Canada College and the University of Toronto, where he graduated in 1869 with honors in modern languages. He then entered upon the study of law with Judge Proudfoot, now Vice Chancellor Proudfoot, who was practicing law here at that time, and after he passed his barrister and solicitor examination he was then admitted to the firm thenceforth known as Proudfoot, Jones & McQuesten. On the elevation of Judge Proudfoot to the bench in 1874, the business was carried on under the name of Jones & McQuesten, until James Chisholm was admitted as a partner in 1882. Mr. Jones retired in 1886 and the firm has since been carried on by McQuesten & Chisholm.

Mr. McQuesten was a public spirited citizen and had always took an active part in affairs connected with the progress of Hamilton. He was elected a member of the Board of Education in 1879 and resigned in 1885, having during that time acted as a chairman of the internal management committee. He was elected member of the senate of the university of Toronto in 1881 and retired in 1886. At the time of his death he was a director of the Ontario Mutual Insurance company of Waterloo. For sixteen years he was a member of the board of management of the MacNab Street Presbyterian Church and was for several years a trustee.

He leaves a wife and five children--three girls and two boys--the eldest of whom is only 16.1 Mrs. McQuesten is the daughter of the late Rev. Thomas Baker who died about a year ago. Mr. McQuesten had one brother, Dr. Calvin B. McQuesten, of New York.

The funeral will take place on Friday at 3 o'clock.

1 Isaac left six children between the ages of 14 and 3. See W2520 for notes on Isaac's cause of death and the suspicions of suicide, his bankruptcy, and his wife and family's circumstances at the time of his death.

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