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W5956 TO REV. CALVIN MCQUESTEN, from his sister, [Margaret] Edna
Aug 19 1907
To: Rev. Calvin McQuesten Glenhurst, Saskatchewan

Dear Cal,

Winnie Gartshore and I are staying with Nellie James and have been for a week. Winnnie and Boysie are leaving to-day to join their Father and some others at Prospect Pt. to camp.

We have been having a very nice time. The James' have fixed up the shack with coloured bunting and pictures, flags etc. There is a Miss Weir staying here from Chicago & till Friday May Mathewson a friend of Nellie's from London.

Near here on the mainland is the Massey Camp which was started by Massey of Massey Treble Co. Toronto. A number of Methodist ministers are there, yesterday morning a Mr. Hakingrake of Hamilton preached in the dance hall at Staunton's. In the evening Mr. Marshall formerly of Hamilton, now of Berlin, preached a very good sermon. At the service it was given out that one of the children, a little girl, was to go down by train to be operated on for appendicitis. 1

Old Captain Staunton who tips the can poor old beggar, had his small grand child. When the children were baptized he held it up see. Shortly after it cried lustily and although the service had begun the old man explained to the audience three times that it bumped its head against the chair.

The Langmuirs of Toronto have a house near here, an automobile etc. etc.

An old Mr. & Mrs. Correlly are a short distance from us on this Island Deer Island. One deer was shot here last year. Old Mr. Currelly has a son in the Old Country who has made great discoveries in Egypt. He is to lecture in Toronto University this year. The are great old people, Mrs. Currelly's married sister and husband live with them and are very kind.2

We have lots of blue berries and there are cranberries nearby but they are not ripe.

Winnie and I came in the train together and had a nice trip altho' it was warm and I had a three-hour wait in Toronto Station. Tom treated me to ice cream and Mr. Gartshore gave us each a juicy pear when we started. We each had a fine cup of tea at Beaverton in a large cup. It was worth 10 cts I can tell you. We were terribly thirsty.

I wish you were here to enjoy this, the house is high up and such lovely trees and immense rocks.

Yours lovingly,

[P.S.] Excuse writing as I'm writing outside.

1 Lillian Massey Treble was a member of the Massey family of Farm Machinery fame. A Walking tour of Toronto describes the location of the Lillian Massey Treble School: "To return to Victoria College, cross the intersection at Queen's Park and Bloor to the Club Monaco store on the southeast corner. This elegant Neo-classical Revival building was once the Lillian Massey Department of Household Sciences (1908-12) of the University of Toronto. Its construction was funded by a donation from Lillian Massey Treble, of the farm machinery family. Hoping to remedy the period of its social ills, the institute was to educate young women in the scientific running of a household. The interior design of marble and oak was as grand as the exterior and students used Limoges china in the domestic training suite. Physical fitness facilities for all female students across campus were available in the basement. The swimming pool is now an integrated part of the lower showroom of the Club Monaco store. Continuing south along Queen's Park, you will pass the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art."

Lillian Massey Treble was also connected with the Ontario Ladies' College.

ONTARIO LADIES' COLLEGE Opened in 1874 by the Governor-General, Lord Dufferin, the Ontario Ladies' College was established in "Trafalgar Castle", former residence of Nelson Gilbert Reynolds, Sheriff of Ontario County. Built in 1859, "Trafalgar Castle" was visited in 1869 by Prince Arthur and Sir John A. Macdonald. The college, under the jurisdiction of the Methodist Church, offered a diploma, and matriculation for university entrance. Additions to the school were named in honour of Dr. Egerton Ryerson in 1877 and Lillian Frances Massey Treble in 1895. The Rev. J.J. Hare served the college as principal from its opening until 1915. Guest lecturers at the school included Lucy Maude Montgomery and Bliss Carman. Since 1925 the college has been associated with the United Church of Canada.

2 "Born in Exeter, Ontario, CT Currelly was educated at Victoria College, ... the Royal Ontario Museum of Archaeology in 1907, with Currelly its first curator." - 28k - Cached - Similar pages

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