These are photographs taken of the newspaper clippings found in Laurena Alice Kent nee Prest’s scrapbooks. There are many wedding, birth, engagement announcements 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, Moose River Mines, Musquodoboit, Tatamagouche, Stewiacke, Beaver Bay, Bedford, Dartmouth, Tangier 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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Currie – Jenks
A wedding of interest to a large circle of friends took place this morning in St. Mary’s Cathedral Oratory when Very Rev. Monsignor Foley united in marriage Frances Evelyn, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Jenks, 42 Edward street, and Leo F. Currie, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Currie, 44 Victoria road. The bride and groom are both prominent in Halifax musical circles and are general favorites socially.
The bride was dressed in a traveling costume of navy blue and wore a grey feather hat. She carried a shower bouquet of pink roses. Miss Dorothy Currie, sister of the groom, and bridesmaid, wore a dress of grey Canton crepe and hat to match, and carried a bouquet of sweet peas. The groom was supported by William Jenks ( brother of the bride. Only the immediate family members of each family were present. The wedding presents were many and beautiful.
Amidst a copious shower of confetti Mr. and Mrs. Currie left by the Ocean Limited for New York, Atlantic City, Philadelphia and Montreal.
Coles – Jackson
( From the Arlington Advocate.)
At a pretty church wedding last Saturday evening, in the Orthodox Congregational Church, Miss Vera Lillian Jackson, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Jackson, 127 Washington Street, Arlington, Mass., was married to Howard Finlay Coles, of Tarrytown, and the late Howard L. Coles. Rev. Edward Allen Morris, the pastor, performed the ceremony. The church was decorated with palms and cut flowers, and Mr. Buell, the organist, played the wedding march and other selections. Attending the bride were her sister, Miss Elleen Jackson, of Tarrytown, as maid of honor, and the groom’s sister, Miss Charlotte Coles, of Tarrytown, as bridesmaid.
The best man was Norman Bellows, of Tarrytown. Lorne Jackson, bother of the bride, and Herbert Blinn, of Stoneham, ushered.
The bride’s gown was of white georgette and her veil was held in place by a coif of pearls, she carried a shower bouquet of roses and lilies of the valley. The maid of honor and the bridesmaid wore flounced chiffon dresses with matching hats, that of Miss Jackson jade green and Miss Cole’s egg shell. They carried yellow roses.
There were more than sixty guests at the reception, at the home of the bride’s parents, which followed the ceremony. Here the decorations were orchids and yellow asters. The out-of-town guests included the mother and grandfather of the groom, Mrs. Coles and Mr. Finlay, his cousins, the Misses Jansen, Dr. Grey and Miss Ambrose, all of Tarrytown, and Charles Grey, Portsmouth N. H., Mrs. Coles, who is a graduate of the Maritime Business College, Halifax, N. S., has been secretary at the Tarrytown Hospital.
The bridegroom is a military college graduate.
Mr. and Mrs. Coles have gone on a motor trip through the White Mountains and to Canada, where they will visit Montreal and Ottawa. They will reside at Tarrytown, N. Y.
[ Miss Jackson is a former Halifax girl and has many friends here whose sincere good wishes she will have. ]
Thursday June 15 1944
Sawyer – Trott
Cambridge, Mass., July 3 — A pretty military wedding and one of great interest to their many friends took place in the United Presbyterian Church, here, Thursday, June 15 at 8 p.m., when Elsi Mildred Trott, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward A. Trott, formerly of Port Mouton, Queens County, N. S., but now residents of Cambridge, Mass., became the bride of Sgt. George B. Sawyer, U.S.A.A.F., only son of Mr. and Mrs. B.F. Sawyer of Port Allegany, Pennsylvania, were united in marriage by Rev. A. A. Graham, pastor of the church.
The double-ring ceremony was used. The bridal party entered the church to the strains of the Wedding March played by Mrs. Seaton Sharpe, now of Cambridge, but formerly of Halifax, N. S. The bride, who was given in marriage by her father, wore a gown of white satin, bodice with bracelet sleeves, sweetheart neckline and buttoned in back to the tight-fitting waist with small satin buttons. The full skirt of white chiffon fell softly over a satin slip. Her veil, falling from a coronet of pearls was of net edged with lace and she carried white roses, baby’s breath and fern, with a shower effect of white sweet-peas. To complete her costume the bride wore a string of pearls, a gift from the groom.
The bride’s only attendant was her sister, Ada, and Sgt. Egan Rucas served as best man. The ushers were Burgess Trott, of the U. S. Navy, brother of the bride and Phillip Ranger of Cambridge.
Hollett – Hartling
The Central Baptist Church was the scene of a very pretty wedding to-day at three o’clock when Jeanne Orillia, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. Hartling, 15 Lawrence Street, was united to Gordon H. Hollett by the Rev. James Dunlop, pastor of the church.
The bride, who was given in mariage by her father, looked charming in her bridal gown of white cerpe-back stain worn with the conventional veil. Her bouquet was a shower of butterfly roses and sweet peas. She was attended by her sister, Mrs. Reuben George as Maid of Honor, who wore a gown of pink georgette and lace with accessories to match, her bouquet being of President Hoover roses. Walter Marriott supported the groom.
Mrs. F. A. Nightingale, who presided at the organ, gave splendid renditions of the Bridal Chorus and Wedding March, while the choir at the beginning of the ceremony sang very sweetly. ” The Voice That Breathed O’er Eden.” During the signing of the register, Reuben George sang ” O Promise Me.”
The church was very beautifully decorated with palms and gladiola.
After receiving the felicitations of the relatives, the happy couple left on a short motor trip. The bride’s going away costume was a powder blue ensemble, worn with hat, shoes and gloves in keeping. On their return to the city, Mr. and Mrs. Hollett will reside at 98 1/2 Lawrence Street.
There was a large and varied collection of gifts including a case of flat silver from the staff of The Phinney Music Co., Ltd., of which the bride is a valuable member, also a cheque from the Directors of the Company. Other gifts included china, cut-glass and linen.
Cooper – Richardson
Halifax, September 18 — Florence, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. J. Richardson, of West Jeddore, and Roy Cooper, a valued employe of David MacDonald, were the principals in a quiet but very pretty wedding last evening, the ceremony being performed at the Parsonage of the West End Baptist Church, by the pastor at that church, the bride being attended by her sister, Miss Ethel Richardson, as bridesmaid, and Lewis Hatcher attending as best man.
Both Miss Richardson and Mr. Hatcher have a wide circle of friends on the West End, by whose best wishes they will be followed.
The bride looked very lovely in a costume of brown velour, worn with hat of corresponding color, her bouquet being of white asters. Miss Ethel Richardson wore a smart gown of blue silk.
Mr. and Mrs. Cooper will take up their residence at Melville Island Cove. The collection of wedding gifts was a large, varied and beautiful one, these including a cheque from David MacDonald, to the groom; a cheque to the bride from her mother, and a varied collection of silver and fine china.
Nickerson – Covey
A very pretty quiet wedding was solemnized this morning at 8 o’clock, by Rev. B.J. Warr, pastor of the J. Wesley Smith Memorial Church, when Marion Myrtle Covey, became the bride of Austen Hadley Nickerson, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Stephen A. Nickerson, both of this city. The bride, who was given in mariiage by her brother-in-law, J. E. Dincan, looked charming in a becomingly designed, imported frock of pansy chiffon velvet, with hat to correspond, and carried a bouquet of dainty pink roses.
Both bride and groom were unattended.
For travelling, the bride wore an ensemble of brown and rust, with accessories to correspond. Mr. and Mrs. Nickerson left immediately after the ceremony for the United States, by motor, anticipating an absence of two weeks. Upon their return they will take up residence at 94 Windsor Street.
Mrs. Nickerson has been the organist at the J. Wesley Smith Memorial Church for some time and is very popular among members of the choir, who have shown their esteem, both by entertaining for her at a most unusual and delightful shower recently and by arranging the lovely floral arch and other decorations in the church.
The full choir was present at the ceremony and sang ” The Voice That Breathed o’er Eden. Miss Sadie Hopkins, at the organ, played the wedding marches, and Mrs. T. McNully, as soloist, sang, “O Promise Me.”
Mr. Nickerson is a valued member of the staff of the Robert Simpson Eastern, Lted., a member of the men’s choir at the J. Wesley Smith Memorial Church, and of the male quartette there, and takes a great and active interest in church activities, including those of the Men’s Own Bible Class.
A host of friends join in wishing them happiness.
Sunday July 19
Miss E. M. McKinley
Miss Ethel MacKinlay
There passed away at her late residence, 7 Pepperell street, Sunday July 19th, after a lingering illness. Ethel Margaret beloved daughter of the late Jackson MacKinlay. The deceased was 30 years of age and was a member of the St. Matthias Anglican Church, being at one time a teacher of the Sunday school as well as a member of the Chancel Guild. The funeral will take place at the above address on Tuesday at 2.30 p. m. Services at St. Matthias Church at 3 p. m. Interment at St. John’s Cemetery.
George C. Jackson
There are hundreds of people, who is years past travelled on his buses, who will receive with a very real sense of loss news of the death at 41 Brunswick street, of George C. Jackson, who had for a number of years conducted a bus service between Bedford and Halifax, — the first bus service to be conducted between the two places, and established by him in 1922. Three years ago he retired being then widely known in his business capacity, and as the genial driver of one of his own buses. He had been in ill health for a number of months, and in view of his age — 75 years — little could be done to retard the advance of his ailment.
Upright, genial, faithful in the performance of his duties, heartily liked wherever known, his passing will be regretted and sympathy in his loss will be felt for his son, only surviving child, Percy. Two grandsons, Eldred in Halifax, and Vernon, in the States, also survive. His wife who was Miss Bessie Rourke died many years ago — an abiding sorrow to him. He moved only a week ago to the house, 44 Brunswick street where he died.
Sutherland – Cameron
September 3 1949
Sutherland – Cameron
North Street Christian Church was the scene of a quiet but pretty wedding Saturday afternoon, September 3, at four o’clock when Lillace Eldora Cameron, daughter of Mrs. Cameron and the late Richard F. Cameron of West Gore, Hants County, became the bride of Angus Johnston Sutherland, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Sutherland, Seafoam, Pictou County. Rev. R. E. Shaw, pastor of the church, performed the double ring ceremony.
The bride who was given in marriage by her brother, Dr. Laurence Cameron, looked charming in a street-length gown of sapphire blue satin, styled by Rembrandt with a drape effect bodice and slight train, with which she wore rose-beige accessories and a corsage of Johanna Hill roses.
Miss Claire Cameron, sister of the bride, was her only attendant and wore a dress of silver greay taffeta with grey and pink accessories and her corsage was of pink Sweetheart roses.
Mr. John Hilchey attended the groom and the ushers were Mr. Noel Mawer and Dr. Richard Cameron.
Miss Lou Wallace was organist and during the signing of the register Mrs. John Hilchey sang ” O Promise Me.”
Immediately following the ceremony a reception was held at the Lord Nelson Hotel.
The young couple left by car on a wedding trip to Boston and New York. For travelling the bride chose a black and white checked suit with accessories of pink and black. She also wore mink furs, gift of the groom.
On their return they will reside at 63 Queen Street, Truro. The groom is on the staff of the Nova Scotia Agriculture College and the bride is a graduate of the Victoria General Hospital.
John Charles Hilchie
April 21 1949
The funeral of John Charles Hilchie, whose death occurred April 21 at the home of his son, 108 Lawrence Street after a brief illness, took place Saturday at St. Matthias Church.
The service was conducted by Rev. Edward Morris, assisted by Rev. G. S. Tanton, who had been Mr. Hilchie’s pastor.
Mr. Hilchie was born 90 years ago at Pope’s Harbor and spent almost his entire life there. He was a member of St. Andrew’s Church, Pope’s Harbor and a Warden of this church for many years. He was also a member of Eureka Lodge, Sheet Harbor. He will be greatly missed in the community where he was beloved for his kindness and helpfulness and his ready wit.
He is survived by his wife, one son, Stanley, Halifax, two daughters, Mrs. G. Paro, ( Nellie), Melrose, Mass., and Mrs. W. Maguire, ( Stella), Windsor Junction, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
December 29 1948
Mrs. Ruth Beazley
The death occurred at her home, 3 Linden Street, after a lingering illness, of Ruth, wife of John Beazley.
Mrs. Beazley was in her 66th year and leaves to mourn her loss, becides her husband, two daughters, Alma, Mrs. D. F. Duggan and Emily, both at home, and three sons, William and George, residing in Halifax, and John, Kingston, N. S.
Besides her immediate family she also leaves one brother and two sisters in Newfoundland and one brother, Joseph Pitcher, in Halifax.
Five grandchildren also survive.
Prior to her illness Mrs. Beazley was an active member of the J. Wesley Smith Memorial United Church.
The funeral will be held from Cruikshanks Funeral Home, Robie Street, at 2 p.m., Friday, December 31. Rev. A. G. Pentz and Rev. B. J. Warr will conduct the service.
Interment to be in Camp Hill Cemetery.
October 10 1949
Mrs. Lewis W. Kilcup
Bertha May Gray
The death occurred at the Victoria General Hospital yesterday morning of Mrs. Lewis W. Kilcup, 148 Windsor Street. She was a daughter of the late John and Christina Gray.
At the time of her death Mrs. Kilcup was superintendent of the cradle roll department of the J. Wesley Smith Memorial Church Sunday School. She was a life-long member of the church. Mrs. Kilcup was an active member of the Women’s Missionary Society and was for many years prominent in the Women’s Association and a teacher in the Sunday School.
She is survived by her husband, Lewis W. Kilcup, 148 Windsor Street.
The remains are resting at Cruikshank’s Funeral Home, Robie Street, where a funeral service will be conducted Wednesday at 2 p.m. Rev. H. B. Clark will officiate, assisted by Rev. B. J. Warr. Interment will be at Fairview Cemetery.
Kent – Morgan
Mrs. Douglas Kent was Wanda Morgan before her marriage last evening.
Kent – Morgan
Kent-Morgan Vows Taken In Evening
Miss Wanda Morgan, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. P. Morgan, formerly of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Douglas Kent, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Kent of San Diego, were united in marriage at a charming ceremony last night at 8 o’clock in the First Presbyterian church, Rev. Wallace Hamilton officiated.
Preceding the ceremony, Bud Moser sang ” At Dawning” and ” I Love You Truly.” Miss Betty Belle, organist, played the wedding marches.
The bride, who was given in marriage by her brother, Robert Morgan jr., wore an attractive ensemble of green and brown with brown accessories. She carried a shower bouquet of Talisman roses and lilies-of-the-valley.
Mrs. Peggy Donely, matron of honor, wore a brown silk crepe dress and carried a bouquet of yellow roses.
William G. Ferguson served as best man, and ushers were T. D. Griffin and Dick Fox.
After the ceremony the young couple left for a trip to Catalina.
The couple will make their home in San Diego.
The bride graduated from West High school, Salt Lake City. The bridegroom graduated from San Diego High school and is affiliated with Phi Lamda Epsilon fraternity.
Miss Helen Grace Bollong
Death is Regretted
There passed peacefully away at her home on Dundas Street at 3.30 o’clock yesterday afternoon, Miss Helen Grace Bollong, daughter of Mrs. Emily and the late Archibald Bollong, formerly of Pope’s Harbor, Halifax County. Although Miss Bollong had been in failing health for a long time her passing came as a shock to a large circle of friends. She had lived in Dartmouth since a child and during that time, through her pleasing disposition and genial manner, became a general favorite with all with whom she came in contact. She possessed a charming personality and early friendships made were retained throughout her life, her passing at an early age being a matter of general regret.
For a number of years Miss Bollong was secretary to W. L. Payzant, Barrister, Halifax. She was proficient in her work and her retirement several years ago, due to ill-health, was a matter of deep regret to her wide acquaintance of stanch and intimate friends. After a prolonged rest she was able again to resume her duties, but later found it necessary to retire. Over a year ago Miss Bollong accepted an appointment as assistant to the Secretary of the Dartmouth Relief Committee, her services as such very highly satisfactory and winning special mention from the chairman and members of the committee, but failing health again compelled her to take a prolonged rest. Almost since that time, much to the regret of all, her condition gradually became worse until during the last six months she was confined to bed.
Miss Bollong was a splendid type of young woman, kind and considerate to those in less fortunate circumstances and appreciative of kindness extended to her during her long illness which she bore with Christian fortitude.
Surviving besides her mother is a half sister, Mrs. George Rowlings, United States, formerly of Musquodoboit Harbor and four aunts, Mrs. Edmund McCarthy and Mrs. James Leonard, Brooklyn, N. Y., Mrs. Sidney Morash, Waterville, Kings County; Mrs. John Hilchey, Pope’s Harbor. Captain William Gerard, who lived at the home of the deceased, is an uncle. Mrs. Edmund McCarthy arrived here yesterday.
The funeral will take place on Thursday afternoon, the time of which is yet to be decided.
Pryde – Steeves
Moncton, Sept. 27 — A very pretty wedding was solemnized at Highfield Baptist Church by the Rev. A. K. Herman, when Sadie Grace, youngest daughter of Capt. and Mrs. Arthur Stinson Pryde, became the bride of Edward Bishop Steeves, of Moncton. Miss Pryde was given in marriage by her brother-in-law, Dr. Fred Fader, and made a most charming and pretty bride in a lovely Parisian gown of shell pink georgette with pearl and rhinestone trimming. She carried a beautiful shower bouquet of white and pink roses and maiden hair fern. The church was beautifully decorated with autumn foliage roses and asters. The wedding march was most effectively played by Miss Ruth Rand.
The bride was the recipient of many handsome gifts and showers during the past week, included in which are several valuable pieces of silver, china furniture and cheques.
The groom’s gift to the organist (?) …