W-MCP1-3a.047 MARY BAKER MCQUESTEN'S BADGES FROM THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Jan 1 1925 [approximate date]1
[Written on envelope:]
The Presbyterian Badge--
Please return to Mrs. McQuesten.
[Inside the envelope are two (ribbon) badges. One is a dark royal blue with a crest at the top, including the motto "Nec Tamen Consumebatur." Below that the word "Presbyterian" is printed diagonally from upper left to lower right and below that "Toronto 1925." The other badge is a medium turquoise blue ribbon which reads "Ontario Provincial Executive," with "Executive" written vertically. A small gold-coloured safety pin is still attached at the top. Both badges have gold lettering and are fraying around the edges.]
1 "1925" is the year on the "Presbyterian" badge. We do not know what year the other badge was awarded and there is no accompanying note and nothing written on the envelope to indicate any dates.
Church union was an issue at this time in Canada, and in 1925 the Presbyterian, Congregational and Methodist churches voted to unite, hence, the United Church. Mary and her son Thomas Baker McQuesten both fought the union, although Mary's elder son, Rev. Calvin McQuesten, was pro-union, which caused dissent within the family. See W0127a, W5283.