These are photographs taken of the newspaper clippings found in Laurena Alice Kent nee Prest’s scrapbooks. There are many wedding, birth, engagement announcements, death notices, obituaries as well as articles of interest ( girls choir, little league baseball, World War 2 etc) involving families of Nova Scotia’s Eastern Shore and more. Localities include Halifax, Jeddore, Mooseland, Musquodoboit, Tatamagouche, Stewiacke, Beaver Bay, Tangier, Chebucto, Windsor Junction, Ostrea Lake etc. Other places mentioned include Oak Bay, Manitoba, Boston, Massachusetts, Hollywood, California and more.
If you are planning a vintage wedding you will find that the marriage descriptions detailed here are invaluable resources of inspiration for your retro wedding decor, wedding dress and honeymoon outfit.
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Lay-Reader Who Will Study For Ministry Receives Gift, Address
A very inspiring service was held in St. Matthias’ Church on Sunday evening, when the Licensed Lay-Reader, Harry St. C. Hilchey, B. A., preached a farewell sermon to a large congregation. Mr. Hilchey who is 19 years of age, received his B. A. degree at Dalhousie last Spring, and left Monday morning for Toronto where he will study for the sacred ministry at Wycliffe College.
At the close of the service the Rector, Rev. Edward Morris, spoke very feelingly of the affection that existed between Mr. Hilchey and himself and said it was one of the happiest moments of his ministry in St. Matthias’, that Harry Hilchey was going with great promise. to enter the ministry. Then on behalf of the corporation and congregation the Rector read the following address and presented Mr. Hilchey with a substantial purse.
To Mr. Harry St. C. Clair Hilchey, B. A.,
We, the Rector, Wardens, Vestry and Congregation of St. Matthias’ Church, Halifax, N. S., wish to express our sincere interest in the work you are about to undertake as you leave this parish and Halifax to enter Wycliffe College, Toronto, to study and prepare for the sacred ministry.
We assure you that you will be constantly in our thoughts and our prayers. Your presence and your help in the church’s services will be greatly missed. But we are happy that you, one of St. Matthias’ young men have been called to this high and noble purpose. We have every confidence that with the opportunity you have before you, your present intellectual ability, and, most of all your spiritual experience, that a useful and blessed life can be spent in the Master’s service.
We shall always be glad to hear from you, and shall anxiously look forward to the time when you can again return to your home church. On behalf of the Rector, Wardens, Vestry and Congregation, I ask you to accept this purse as a token of our sincere and prayerful interest in your future.
Edward Morris, Pastor
H. C. Legg, C. F. Publicover, Wardens
Photo by Climo
September 15 1926
Walker – Richards
Christ Church was the scene of a pretty and interesting event at 6:30 on Wednesday, when Miss margaret Anna Walker and Guy S. Richards, both of Dartmouth, were married, Rev. Noel Wilcox, rector of Christ Church officiating. Both bride and groom are popular and a large number of friends of both were present at the ceremony.
The bride looked very pretty wearing a navy suit of poiret twill, gray hat and squirrel neck piece and she carried a bouquet of roses and sweet peas. She was given away by her brother-in-law, R. J. Gray. Mrs. Walter Topple sang ” O Perfect Love.”
Mr. and Mrs. Richards were the recipients of a large collection of gifts including a cheque from the firm of Teasdale Bros., where the groom works and a cabinet of community silverware from the staff of the same firm.
The bride was the guest of honor at several showers during the past few weeks, one of the jolliest being that given by her girl friends at the head office in the Bank of Nova Scotia. It was arranged by Miss Wolf, Windmill road, on behalf of the staff.
Another pleasant shower was that arranged by Mrs. R. J. Gray, sister of the bride at her home, Pleasant Street.
Mr. and Mrs. Richards are enjoying a trip through the Province and upon their return will reside at 79 Tulip street.
August 19 1939
S. B. Maskell
Word has been received in Halifax of the death of Sydney Burchell Maskell, of the engine room staff of the cabel ship Lord Kelvin, at Tralee Hospital, Tralee, Ireland, August 19. Mr. Maskell, well-known in Halifax, was 39 years of age. The Lord Kelvin is at present detailed to cable repair work on the Irish coast. Mr. Maskell was stricken with pneumonia there and later suffered a relapse from which he died. He was born at West Jeddore and later came to Halifax with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Maskell, who reside at 498 Robie Street. besides his parents he is survived by his wife, formerly Eva Newbury, 152 Robie Street, two daughters, mrs. Alex Wilson, Halifax, and Evelyn, at home; two sons, Ralph and Sydney, one sister, Iona, two brothers, Cecil of the Imperial Oil tanker Vancolite, and Lindsay, at home and one grandson, James Wilson, Halifax. The deceased was interested in schooner racing and frequently sailed with Captain Angus Walters on the Bluenose. He was a figure skater of note also, although in the past few years time did not permit him to participate in this activity. The body will be brought to Halifax for burial.
Dies In Ireland
News of the death of Sydney Burchell Maskell, above, of the engine room staff of the cable ship Lord Kelvin, which occurred following an attack of pneumonia at Tralee Hospital, Tralee, Ireland, was received with regret by many friends in Halifax and vicinity. His body will be brought back to Halifax for burial.
Our Birthday Book
April 29 — You are shrewd, decisive, and positive, yet very cautious. Sometimes people take advantage of you. You have a sympathetic and sensitive nature and are easily offended. Beware of jealousy in your love affairs, and learn to “give and take” as you go through life. You will travel a lot.
Your birth-stone is a diamond, which means innocence.
Your flower is a daisy.
Your lucky colors are red and yellow.
Cook –Born April 23rd to Mr. and Mrs. Walter D. Cook ( Jean Prest ) at the Musquodoboit Valley Hospital, a baby girl, Geraldine Violet, weight 9 pounds, 4 ounces.
Kent — Mr. and Mrs. Borden Kent, Westphal, are happy to announce the birth of a daughter on May 9, 1950, at the Grace Maternity Hospital. Weight nine pounds five ounces.
Among those who have been doing splendid work at the Goodfellows Club Headquarters in the Reardon Building on Duke street during the past few weeks, are four boys whose services have been highly appreciated by those in charge. They are: George C. Thompson ( below), Rody Kent, both Patrol Leaders of the 17th Halifax Scouts, Gordon Thompson, of the same troop, and George Finlay ( all above). They have been on the job steadily and have rendered wonderful assistance in the preparation of the parcels, which are being delivered to about 5,000 children.
June Wedding — Mr. and Mrs. W. P. McGuire of Windsor Junction, Halifax County, have announced the forthcoming marriage of their only daughter, Nellie Marie, to Eric MacDonald Curry of Bedford. The wedding will take place June 1.
Marry In Dartmouth
Mr. and Mrs. Vervon G. Howatt were married quietly in Grace United manse Wednesday evening. The bride is the former Nita Pearl, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. Archibald Prest of Mahone Bay, and the groom is a son of Mrs. Howatt and the late Melbourne Howatt of Cape Traverse, P. E. I., and is a teller in the Bank of Nova Scotia, Dartmouth. Photo by R. Allen Benjamin).
Gold Medals for High School Boys
Prizes for gentlemanly conduct were given in several schools, the pupils themselves making their own selections. The following were the successful winners:
Roderick Kent, Chebucto School.
Clarence Gillis, Alexandra.
Burnett Ralston, Morris street.
This splendid idea we trust will be fostered by our club.
Kent – McGregor
A very pretty wedding was solemnized on Saturday evening, Sept. 11, at the West Jeddore Baptist church, when Gertrude Margaret, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Norman McGregor became the bride of Harold Williams, son of Mr. and Mrs. S. H. Kent of Pleasant Point.
The ceremony was performed by Rev. C. Graham of Musquodoboit Harbor.
The church was beautifully decorated for the occasion with an arch of flowers, white streamers and bells. White ribbon bows distinguished the reserved pews.
To the strains of the wedding march rendered by Mrs. Stewart Williams, the bride entered the church on the arm of her father, by whom she was given in marriage, looking lovely in a gown of white satin on princess lines, with conventional veil and orange blossoms, and carrying a shower bouquet of carnations, sweet peas and maiden-hair fern.
She was attended by Winnie Kent, sister of the groom, wearing a gown of pale blue flowered silk crepe, with white accessories and carrying an arm bouquet of gladiolas and maiden-hair fern.
Phyllis McGregor, youngest sister of the bride, was flower girl, dressed in a pale yellow organdy and carrying a basket of ” Bride and Grooms.” William Bonn, cousin of the bride, was groomsman.
The ushers were, Clifford Kent, Walter Blakeney and Gerald Dooks. During the signing of the register Mrs. Harris Blakeney rendered the solo, ” God will take care of you.”
After the ceremony a reception was held at the home of the groom’s parents. A dainty luncheon was served by the hostess assisted by the bride’s mother, Mrs. Norman McGregor, Opal Bonn, Adella Blakeney, Helen McGregor, Winnie Kent and Mrs. Hugh Mitchell.
The newly married couple were the recipients of many beautiful gifts, showing the high esteem in which they are held.
The groom’s gift to the bridesmaid was a silver vanity case, to the flower-girl a bracelet, organist a vanity case and to the groomsman a silver cigarette case.
The happy couple will reside at Pleasant Point.
January 7 1926
Blakeney – Myers
A very pretty wedding took place in St. Paul’s Church on Thursday afternoon, January 7th, when Clara Pearl, daughter of Mrs. Eliza and the late James Myers, Oyster Pond, was united in marriage to Ralph Stanley Blakeney, of Jeddore. The ceremony was performed by Rev. J. T. Ibbott. The bride looked very charming in a gown of georgette, with scarf to correspond and black hat. She carried a white Prayer Book. She was given in marriage by Malcolm Mitchell. The bride and groom were unattended. Immediately after the ceremony, Mr. and Mrs. Blakeney left for a trip through the province. On their return they will reside at 17 Victoria road. The very many friends of both bride and groom will wish them many years of happy wedded life.
September 3 1919
Archibald – Higgins
On September 3rd, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Burke Tays, Cook’s Brook, Miss Emma Agnes Higgins, daughter of the late Robert Higgins, and sister of Mrs. Tays, was united in marriage to Roy Archibald of Elmsvale, Musquodoboit. The bride was given away by her mother. She looked charming in a gown of sand colored satin and georgette, with bouquet of bridal roses, and maiden hair fern. She was followed by her little niece, Miss Emma Tays, dressed in white silk, who acted as flower girl. Revs. Mr. Burns of Gay’s River and M. H. McIntosh, of Middle Musquodoboit officiated. The groom’s present to the bride was a gold wrist watch, to the flower girl a gold pin, and also a gold pin to the organist. After the ceremony and congratulations, a luncheon was served to sixty guests. Mr. and Mrs. Archibald motored to Shubenacadie, from whence they went to Boston and other cities. On their return they will reside at Elmsvale. Miss Higgins has had a successful career as a teacher. Both bride and groom are well known and popular.
February 25 1950
Baker – Baker
A quiet but very pretty wedding took place at the home of Mr. Ira Baker, West Jeddore, Saturday Feb. 25, at 7 o’clock, when his daughter Edythe Marie was united in marriage to lester Sterling, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Austin Baker, East Jeddore. Rev. Bloise Crawford performed the ceremony.
The bride who was given in marriage by her father was dressed in a gabardine suit of mulberry shade worn with navy blue accessories, and corsage of white flowers. She was attended by her sister-in-law, Mrs. John Baker.
Russel Baker, brother of the groom, was best man. The wedding march was played by Miss Ramona Maskell.
Immediately following the ceremony a reception was held for relatives and friends at the home of the bride.
The couple will reside at East Jeddore.