W-MCP6-1.423 TO THOMAS B. MCQUESTEN from his mother Mary Baker McQuesten.
Sep 22 1910
To: Thomas B. McQuesten Hamilton, Ontario.
From: Gravenhurst, Ontario
My dearest Tomity,
The weather is certainly very cold for the season last night very sharp but this morning lit self-feeder. I am alright but it makes me feel anxious to get Ruby indoors.1
We are thinking whether it would not be better for Mary, Edna and me to go down and then R. could come in, and H. [Hilda] sleep in Edna's room.
However, you had better have Riddell send Tony up to see if furnace pipes are alright and kitchen stove pipes cleaned also and tell Tony to examine it and see if it is alright as anything needed has to be got from Woodstock and I remember that the piece between two front lids had lost a piece from underneath. Telephone Riddell first and ask if they still have Tony and if not find out where he is, for, I do not want another man, if you can get him. Try & get him right away and when he has come, send word to (Rachel) Mrs. Moore to 7 Chatham, it begins at Locke St. 2 or 3 streets north of Herkimer, to come down and clean up. I want her to sweep the whole house. Will write her myself also what to do when she hears from you.
Hilda has been the whole afternoon acting as one of the judges of Ladies' work at the Fair here. Mrs. Fournier is one of the Directors and asked Mrs. Cruikshank and H. This afternoon too we had Mr. & Mrs. Grant calling and Mr. & Mrs. McKeracher.
I will be so thankful, when we all get safely back; I dread getting Ruby moved.
Mr. Graham thinks we should either take the windows &c we had put in the verandah with us, or get something for them from incoming tenant. Do you think they would be any use to us? Well, I must close, just received this letter from Cal.
With fondest love dearie,
Your loving Mother,
[P.S.] Hope Stevenson can get his work done also before Rachel cleans and whilst stove is unlit, so just start them all.2
1 This confirms that Ruby's room has been on the verandah, in which they had installed windows for more fresh air and, likely, protection from insects.
For more information on Ruby's illness, Consumption (tuberculosis), see W6135, and for Ruby's biographical sketch, click on "Family" on the Home Page, and then on her picture.
2 Mary continues to supervise everything even from a distance.