|Stella and her brother Walter|
|Stella Mott graduating - likley from the University of Toronto, 1916|
On a lighter note, she wrote once of her brother Walter, after he got a new hat as a birthday present, “Walter is twenty years old today and went to Woodstock to get a derby hat which is very becoming. He tried it on before every mirror but one in the house, setting it at different angles to admire the effect.”
Coincidentally, Miss Mott was in hospital in London (Ontario) in the summer of 1905 where she wrote a detailed and lengthy description of London’s Old Boy’s Reunion, similar to Norwich’s Centennial Celebration in 1910. Old Boys and Girls Reunions were usually anniversary events that invited former members of a community (the old boys and girls) to come back and celebrate the town’s milestone. These occasions recall a time when white English Protestant Canada was still quite British, Ontario being the heartland of those nationalist sentiments.
She records a buggy crash, and one can tell from reading the account that she was likely being a touch cheeky. “Frank B. had broken the shaft of his buggy last night driving recklessly down the road and running into a vehicle coming this way. I heard the crash near the bridge. He brought it back [a borrowed buggy] this morning apparently much [injured?] in spirit. Am glad he wasn’t hurt. He was shouting like our crazy milkman when he went past here last night.”