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, Musquodoboit, Tatamagouche, Stewiacke, Beaver Bay, 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.
I will be adding more entries when I can so please bookmark this page and check back weekly for updates. Thank you. 🙂
Laurie A. Prest
Saturday February 17 1951
Baker – Conrad
A very pretty wedding was solemnized at the home of Mrs. Blanche Maskell, West Jeddore, Saturday evening, Feb. 17, when her niece Marion Ruth Conrad, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Earl Conrad, of Chezzetcook became the bride of Vincent Tennyson Baker, son of Mrs. Howard Baker and the late Howard Baker of Lower West Jeddore. The ceremony was performed by Rev. H. B. Crawford, Miss Ramona Maskell played the wedding march while the bride entered the parlor with her aunt, Mrs. Blanche Maskell, who gave her in marriage.
The bride was becomingly attired in a street length dress in royal blue velvet, with an insertion of white lace, and long sleeves. She wore a halo of white gardenias, white gloves and blue shoes. Her corsage was white carnations. Her bridesmaid was her sister, Miss Ethel Conrad, who wore wine crepe with velvet and grey accessories, with corsage of white carnations. Owen Baker, brother of the groom, was best man. The bride’s aunt Mrs. Maskell, wore navy blue crepe with a corsage of red carnations. Mrs. Baker, mother of the groom, wore grey crepe and a corsage of pink carnations.
During the signing of the register, Mrs. J. P. Maskell sang ” O Perfect Love” and while refreshments were being served, Mrs. Clifford Shortt sang ” I’ll Walk Beside You.” Many gifts were received by the couple, who will make their home at Lower West Jeddore.
Saturday July 30
Fulton – Baker
A pretty wedding was solemnized, Saturday evening, July 30, in West Jeddore United Baptist Church when Rev. D. Kennedy, Dartmouth, united in marriage in a double ring ceremony, Gladys Mildred Baker, R. N., daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Baker, West Jeddore, and Reginald Clark, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lawson Fulton, Bass River, Colchester County.
Potted plants of various blooms were placed in the church and the guest pews were marked with rose buds tied with white bows. The organist was Allan Horne, Eastern Passage, and the soloist, Reuben George, Dartmouth.
The bride given in marriage by her father looked lovely in a ballerina length strapless gown of white satin with overskirts of brocaded net and a brocaded net jacket, buttoned to the neck line, and long sleeves coming to points over the wrists. Her shoulder length veil of tulle illusion fell from a satin headdress trimmed with seed pearls. She carried an arm bouquet of red roses.
Miss Florence Baker, sister of the bride, attended as maid of honor wearing a ballerina length gown of pale blue net over taffeta and carried a colonial bouquet of blue and yellow shasta daisies.
Miss Dorothy Baker attended her sister as Junior Bridesmaid her ballerina length gown was yellow net over taffeta, she carried a colonial bouquet of yellow and mauve shasta daisies.
The mother of the bride wore a mauve colored dress of nylon over taffeta with white accessories and a corsage of white carnations. The mother of the groom wore a beige linen suit with coffee brown accessories with a corsage of pink carnation.
The best man was Ralph Pellerine and the ushers were Warren and Charles Baker.
Following the ceremony a reception was held at the home of the bride. Rev. D. Kennedy proposed the toast to the bride.
Later the couple left on a motor trip. For traveling the bride choose a fitted suit of pastel green with white accessories and a corsage of white carnations.
Dooks – Matthews
Dooks – Matthews Wedding — Mr. and Mrs. Harold Eldridge Dooks are pictured above following their wedding in the Seventh Day Adventist Church, 19 Parker Street, Halifax. The bride is the former Janette Alice Matthews, daughter of Pastor and Mrs. R. A. Matthews, Rockingham, and the groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Dooks, West Jeddore. ( Photo by Moreash).
Collins – Ventham
Collins – Ventham Wedding — Mr. and Mrs. Louis William Collins are shown following their recent wedding in St. Mark’s Church. The bride is the former Pamela Betty Ventham, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard J. Ventham, Halifax, and the groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Collins also of Halifax. ( Photo by Ballinger).
Collins – Ventham — Mr. and Mrs. Richard J. Ventham, announce the engagement of their daughter Pamela Betty, to Louis William, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Collins, all of Halifax. Wedding to take place, July 23, 1955, at 2.30 in St. Mark’s Church, Halifax.
Fulton – Baker — Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Baker, West Jeddore, Nova Scotia, wish to announce the engagement of their eldest daughter, Gladys Mildred, R.N., to Reginald Clark Fulton, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lawson Fulton, Bass River, Colchester County, Nova Scotia. Wedding to take place Saturday, July 30, 1955, at West Jeddore Baptist Church, 7:30 p.m.
Rev. Harold St. Clair Hilchey
New Rector For St. Paul’s — Rev. Harold St. Clair Hilchey, above, has been named the new rector for St. Paul’s Anglican Church. He will arrive in Halifax in August to assume his new duties in the local parish.
New Rector Of St. Paul’s Is Announced
The appointment of Rev. Harold St. Clair Hilchey as rector of Canada’s oldest Protestant Church, St. Paul’s in Halifax, was announced today by Rt. Rev. R. H. Waterman, Lord Bishop of the Diocese of Nova Scotia.
Mr. Hilchey’s new appointment becomes effective August 15. He is presently rector of St. Elizabeth’s Church, Queensway parish, Toronto.
A native of Halifax County, Mr. Hilchey was born in Pope’s Harbor, son of Mr. and Mrs. S. B. Hilchey now residents of Halifax.
He received his Bachelor of Arts from Dalhousie University and then studied at Toronto University where he received his Master of Arts. He holds a Licentiate in Theology and Bachelor of Divinity degree from Wycliffe College, Toronto.
He was ordained a deacon in 1945.
Mr. Hilchey began his ministry by serving in the mission of Stanhope in the Toronto diocese where he took over the joint parishes of Alderwood and Queensway, and served both from 1945 to 1951.
In 1951, because of the growth in the parishes, they were separated and Mr. Hilchey built the new church of St. Elizabeth’s in the Queensway.
Mr. Hilchey is married to the former Ruth Gibson of Toronto and they have four children, Heather, 10; Ray, 8; Wendy, 6; and three-year-old John Douglas.
Kent – Bennett
Kent – Bennett Wedding — Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Roy Kent are shown in the above photograph, following their recent wedding in the United Church, Musquodoboit Harbour. The bride is the former Mildred May Bennet, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward H. Bennet and the groom is the son of Mrs. Archibald M. Kent and the late Archibald M. Kent. ( Photo by Murray)
Saturday June 25
MacDonald – Currie
At St. Louise’s Church, Ellershouse, Saturday, June 25, Rev. H. E. Dysart, King’s College, joined in marriage in a double-ring ceremony Margaret Ann, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. Silver Currie, Ellershouse, Hants County, and David Howard, son of Mr. and Mrs. Howard H. MacDonald, Campbellton, N. B.
Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore a fitted gown of ivory silk faille in sweeping train with sweetheart neckline and tapered wrists of worked eyelet. Her waist-length fingertip veil fell from a shell-cap headpiece and she carried a cascade of American Beauty sweetheart roses.
The bride was attended by her sister-in-law, Mrs. Donald S. Currie, Ellershouse, as matron-of-honor, who wore mauve net and lace and carried a cascade of yellow ‘mums. Bridesmaids were Miss Ruthe Newton, Windsor, N. S., who wore yellow net and lace and carried mauve ‘mums, and Miss Gail MacDonald, Sussex, N. B., who wore apple green net and lace and carried bronze ‘mums. Groomsman was Donald F. MacLauchlan, and ushers were Donald S. Currie, Ellershouse, and Murray Dewis, Halifax. Soloist was Miss Sheila Piercey, Halifax. Organist was William E. P. Currie, Bishop’s College Lennoxville, Quebec, brother of the bride.
The bride’s mother wore a navy floor-length gown of lace and nylon white accessories and a …
Street, Moncton, where the groom is employed with the Corner Drug Co. Ltd. Mrs. MacDonald graduated from the University of King’s College, Halifax, this spring with a B. A. and Mrs. MacDonald received his diploma in pharmacy from Dalhousie University, Halifax, last year.
October 7 1953
Mrs. Margaret E. Hilchey
Margaret ” Maggie” Elizabeth Lansburg
The death occurred October 7 in the Victoria General Hospital of Mrs. Margaret Elizabeth Hilchey, of Mooseland. She was 76.
She was the wife of the late Jonathan R. Hilchey, Mooseland.
Surviving are one son, Carl, Mooseland; three sisters, Maude ( Mrs. C. Walker), May ( Mrs. Hedley Giles), Bedford; and Edna ( Mrs. W. A. Eastburn), Sacramento, California; also five grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Friday at 2.30 p.m. from St. Thomas Church, Mooseland, Rev. G. S. Tanner officiating. Interment will be in Mooseland cemetery.
August 1 195?
Methven – Davis
A pretty wedding was solemnized on Wednesday evening, Aug 1, in St. John’s Church, Lower Sackville, when Rev. B. J. Davis united in marriage Audrey Dorothy, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Davis of Lower Sackville, to 2nd Lieut. David Keith Methven, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Methven of Sackville.
The bride, who was given in marriage by her father, looked lovely in a gown of white slipper satin made on Princess lines with tiny covered buttons to the waist and having a square neckline. The long skirt ended in a train. Her headdress was of tulle illusion, with three-quarter length veil. Her only ornament was a triple strand of pearls as she carried a bouquet of red roses and lilies of the valley.
She was attended by her sister, Mrs. Wilson Baker, as matron of honor, who was dressed in mauve net over taffeta with headdress of mauve and white mohair. Her bouquet was of pink and white carnations.
Little Lois Davis, sister of the bride, was a winsome flower girl in a long gown of green frosted nylon over taffeta with bonnet to match. She carried a nosegay of yellow mums and pink roses.
2nd Lieut. Russell A. Peverill was best man and the ushers were Blair Methven and Roy Davis.
Mrs. Davis, mother of the bride, wore a gown of brown and white sheer with matching accessories and corsage of yellow roses.
Mrs. Methven, mother of the groom, was attired in navy crepe with white accessories and wore a corsage of pink carnations.
Mrs. H. Peverill presided at the organ and the full choir was in attendance.
Following the ceremony a reception was held at Acadia Hall for about 150 guests. The Rev. B. J. Davis proposed the toast to the bride. Tea was poured by Mrs. C. Philpott and Miss Viola MacLean.
Later the young couple left for a short trip through the province. For travelling the bride wore a gown of pink nylon with matching hat and white accessories and a corsage of white carnations. On their return they will leave for Montreal.
Halifax Mail-Star Friday July 2 1954
Canadian Radio’s First Lady — Mrs. Anna Dexter, Halifax’s broadcasting grandmother who has been giving half-hour talks six days a week since 1928, cuts herself in on the air. Mrs. Dexter, who has been broadcasting longer than any woman in Canada, sits at the microphone in her own living-room connected with the downtown studio of station CHNS. She won’t tell her correct age but says she would like to stay in broadcasting until she is 120. ( CP Photo)
Broadcasting Grandmother Before ” Mike” 26 Years
By Jim Sherbaniuk
Canadian Press Staff Writer
Halifax ( CP) — Mrs. Anna Dexter whose 26 years at the microphone have made her the first lady of Canadian broadcasting says she plans to stay in radio until she is ” 120 years old.”
Longest in Canada
The broadcasting grandmother has seen Canadian radio grow from 32 stations to more than 150. She has been on the air longer than any woman in Canada and so, far as anyone know, is the only woman in North America who has been making regular, scheduled broadcasts since 1928.
She broadcasts from her home now and gets around with a cane but she maintains her youthful interest in people and she still says what she thinks six days a week.
Strictly Ad Lib
What has she been talking about during the last 26 years? A little bit of everything — gardening, books, government, anything so long as it’s interesting. But there are no interviews.
Her program over the years has always been strictly ad lib. The first and only script she ever used lasted 10 minutes on her introductory broadcast. While still on the air she tore it up and settled down for a homey talk.
But don’t get the idea it’s strictly a woman’s show. Apparently her half-hour program is just as popular with male listeners.
Most of all, she figures, she just says a lot of things other people would like to.
” Mind you, not everyone agrees with me, but no one ever sends me nasty letters.”
” People usually write unpleasant things in the hope of changing the other person’s views. Nobody bothers with me; they know I’m hopeless.”
She didn’t even own a radio when Maj. William Borrett, a founder of radio station, CHNS, was looking for a woman broadcaster in 1928. Mrs. Dexter, then active in women’s work and acquainted with everyone in the district, was mentioned to Maj. Borrett by a government worker whom she did not know. She is still with CHNS.
A woman in radio was a special touch then, and Mrs. Dexter is still a special sort of person. Last fall she was awarded membership in the Canadian Association of Broadcasters Quarter Century Club.
To anyone brazen enough to ask her age, she gives the stock answer: ” Mind your own business.” She has a son who is 35 but as far as the public is concerned she’s been 30 for a long time and expects to stay that way.
” At that age you’re old enough to have some sense and you’re youthful enough to understand youth and still able to enjoy both,” she philosophizes.
” If you’re part of today, you’re as young as the minute. Never mind about your body, it’s how you think that counts.”
Tongue Still Good
” I’m not old by any means,” she tells visitors, leaning on her cane and steadying herself on the chair. ” Can’t get around as much as I used to though, arthritis of the hip – thank God it isn’t in my tongue.
” I plan to stay in radio until I’m 120 years old, then I think I’d like to travel.”
Around home, not even the grandchildren are allowed to call her “granny.” It’s just ” Dex” to everybody.
For all her broadcasting and fame, Mrs. Dexter is like any other woman at home. The first thing she tells a caller is: ” You’ll have to excuse the place, it’s an awful mess.”
From the outside, the Dexter residence looks more like a peony bush with an antenna. The whole yard is a blaze of flowers.
The main feature of the Dexter living room is a radio control board and a microphone, connected directly with the main studio downtown. There is no special routine around the house before broadcast time. Mrs. Dexter gets her cue from the announcer over the radio receiver in her kitchen. Then she just stops whatever she is doing and sits down at the microphone for a while.
More than once the show has been interrupted when Mrs. Dexter has had to answer the doorbell.
A Busy Life
The first question a stranger asks is how a housewife can keep up with world affairs, make a broadcast everyday, and still look after her family. However both sons – Bruce, married and in the air force, and Donald, a car salesman – received a good education and a generous amount of mother’s attention.
The man in the house, the late Dr. Dexter, was a dentist.
” No matter how busy I was, I always had faith I could give my children everything that was necessary. What’s faith? Believe in God and keep your powder dry?”
Mrs. Dexter says her secret of success is just being genuinely interested in everybody she has ever met.
” You know, for 26 years I’ve been talking about people’s personal problems. I’ve listened to their life stories, told of them to thousands of radio listeners, and I’ve asked intimate questions of little people and important ones, too.
” But I’ll tell you a little secret,” she said, leaning closer and whispering.
” As for myself, I like privacy!”
Miss Halifax Beauty Pageant 1949
Candidates To Attend Ball — All the participants in the ” Miss Halifax” contest, which will be climaxed with the crowning of the winner at the Halifax Press ball in the Nova Scotian Hotel this evening, are to be guests at the ball. The five members of the judging board have paid high tribute to the fine sportsmanship of all the contestants, particularly those who were not selected as finalists. In the group above, left to right, are, front row: Aina Giga, Mary Jean Hogan, Marie Johnston, Patricia Logan ( finalist), Caroline Logan, Shirley Hayes ( finalist), Alecia Strothard, Edith Morris. Back row: Shirley Strickland, Bette Kane ( finalist), Marjorie Mason ( finalist), Norma MacDonald, Shirley Brown, Phyllis Margeson, Shirley Hachey, Barbara Greer, Edna Boudreau, Jacqueline Covey, Anne Thexton ( finalist), Jean Langille, Joan Maxwell, Lilla Rettmann and Aino Soolepp. ( Staff photo by Ross.)
Nina Thurston nee Hawes or Fielding?
Nina Leotha Fielding
Traditions of Stage Upheld by Thurstons
Today one of the greatest stars of the entertainment world, with his daughter, is in mourning — but they can cherish within their hearts the feeling that they lived up to the tradition of their prefession ” that the show must go on.” Howard Thurston and his daughter Jane, today are face to face with realization that they have lost a wonderful wife and mother, and one who was outstanding help in the business side of their theatrical work, while in various Nova Scotia homes of relatives and friends, there is sincere mourning in the death in New York, last night of the magician’s wife, a native of Kentville, and where she visited as recently as last fall.
Despite their grief over the death of the magician’s wife, Mrs. Nina Thurston, 45, daughter of George Hawes, Kentville, Nova Scotia, they went through their performance as scheduled at a N. Y. theatre last night.
Thurston and his company had just begun the first of two night shows, when the magician received word that his wife had died. Thurston spoke with his daughter for a moment and then informed the theatre managers that they would not cancel the show. They carried through to the finish.
Married 23 Years
For nearly 24 years the happy wife of the world’s most famous living magician, this Kentville-born woman was a choir singer in St. James Anglican church at Kentville, when at the age of 16 she left for the United States.
After attending a finishing school in New England she went to New York and was a stage director when at the age of 23 she married Mr. Thurston.
Accompanying her husband on all his national and international tours, Mrs. Thurston had been three times around the world and had seen him perform before the crowned heads and presidents of practically every nation.
For 23 years Mrs. Thurston was stage director…
Friday February 6 1953
Received Caps — Four members of the class of the School of Nursing of the Halifax Infirmary who received their caps at a candle-lighting ceremony held this week belong to centres in Halifax County outside of the city. Left to right in the picture are Misses Dorothy Logan, Caribou; Virginia Prest, Mooseland; Anna Gavin, Dartmouth, and Ramona Prest, Mooseland. ( Photo by Wetmore).