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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.

I will be adding more entries when I can so please bookmark this page and check back weekly for updates. Thank you. 🙂


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Levi George Conrad

The death occurred early this morning at his home 15 Moran Street of Levi George Conrad, aged 79 years. Mr. Conrad was for 46 years an operator with the Nova Scotia Light and Power Company on the tram cars and for the past six years has been retired. His wife predeceased him. He leaves to mourn their loss four sons, George in Dorchester, Mass., William and Howard at home and Lawrence in the R. C. A. F. at Summerside; and two daughters, Sadie, Mrs. R. Kent and Winnie, Mrs. B. Messervey, both at home. Funeral arrangements have not yet been completed.


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Mrs. Mary Jane MacDonald

Mary Jane McDonald

Mary Jane MacLennan

Mary Jane McLennan

There passed away at her home, 2 Princess Place, after a lengthy illness, Mrs. Mary Jane MacDonald, widow of Daniel L. MacDonald, formerly of the City Water Department. Mrs. MacDonald had been ailing for some time and had been unable to leave her bed for the last two months. She is survived by four sons, Archie of the City Water Department, Ken, Jack, and Gordon all at home, and one sister, Mrs. S. MacDonald of Sterling, C. B. Mrs. MacDonald was born at Grand River, C. B., Oct. 23, 1871. The funeral service will be from her late home at 2.30 o’clock Wednesday afternoon, internment being at Camp Hill cemetery.



John Parsons Shears

Well Known Man Dies

John Parsons Shears, master mariner, native of Robinson’s, Newfoundland, died at his home, 26 Dahlia Street, Dartmouth, early Saturday evening after a lengthy illness.

Captain Shears had been in the employ of the Dartmouth Ferry Commission for the past nine years. Death was due to paralysis of the throat.

Was Captain

He was 52 years of age and was a son of Mary and the late George Shears, of Robinson’s, Newfoundland. He followed the sea and received his captain’s papers during the war when he served as Chief Warrant Office No. 1 on the Mine-sweeper Mushquash, and later was made skipper of the Barge Number Nine. He was Captain of the harbor ferry Wilfred C for a time and served as mate and captain in the employ of the Dartmouth Ferry Commission. When his arm was paralyzed by a stroke he was compelled to give up his work on the boats and accept a position with the Ferry Commission as ticket-taker.

Funeral Monday

Captain Shears was well known and respected in the community. He was a member of Eastern Star Lodge, A. F. and A. M.

Surviving besides his wife are a daughter Eileen, wife of Gerald Conrad, Dartmouth and two sons, jackie and Douglas, both at home. Surviving also are a grand-daughter, Joan, infant daughter of Mrs. Gerald Conrad; three sisters, Mrs. Wm. Walker, Dorchester, Mass., Mrs. J. Ford, Channel, Nfld., Mrs. W. Morris, Robinson’s, Nfld., and three brothers, Warren, Captain of the “Icoma”, Richard, in Robinson’s, Nfld., and Lewellyn, at Corner Brook.

The funeral will be held from the house this afternoon at 3 o’clock. Internment will be in Mount Herman cemetery, Canon Cumming officiating.



Miss Mary E. Millar

March 20 1937

Miss Mary E. Millar died this morning at her home, 31 Vernon Street, after a six months illness.

She was the daughter of James Paterson Millar, of Tangier, identified with the gold mines for so many years.

She was a teacher in the public schools of Nova Scotia until 1902, and then went to California where she was engaged in business until 1906. She was in San Francisco at the time of the notable earthquake. Returning east, she lived in Boston for a few years and then went to Montreal, where she engaged in war work, returning home in 1918. During the time she was at home the Tangier Hall was built due to her efforts.

She leaves to mourn their loss a sister, Miss Margaret Millar, one brother, Rev. J. R. Millar, at Springhill, two nephews, Rev. James R. Millar, at Port Morien and Livingstone Millar, residing at 31 Vernon Street, Halifax, and Miss Jessie Millar, a music teacher at Springhill. She will be mourned by a large circle of friends and relatives.

A morning service will be held at 31 Vernon Street on Monday, after which the body will be forwarded to Pope’s Harbor where burial will take place in the family lot. The time will be announced later.


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Mrs. G. S. Richards

Margaret Anna Walker

The sympathy of the entire community goes out to members of the family and relatives in the death of Margaret Anna, beloved wife of Guy S. Richards, 49 Tulip street, at the age of ***49 years.

Stricken suddenly during the late hours of Thursday night, failed to rally, and to the deep-regretted the family and a wide circle of friends, passed away yesterday afternoon at 1.30 o’clock. She was a well known and active member of Christ Church and was a former teacher in the Sunday school.

There survive to mourn their loss besides a husband, her mother, Mrs. Charles Walker, of Dartmouth; one sister, Mrs. R. J. Gray, Pleasant street, Dartmouth; two brothers, Elmer, at home, and Earl at Torrington, Mass.; one half-sister, Mrs. Burris Prest, of Arlington, Mass.; and three half-brothers, Charles J. Walker, manufacturers agent, Westmount; Roy Walker, of West St. John; and Winnifred Walker of Dartmouth.

The funeral will take place from her late residence on Sunday afternoon at 4 o’clock. Internment will be in Mount Hermon cemetery.

***Margaret’s age here is a typo in the original newspaper clipping. Her death certificate says she was 27 at the time of her passing and it can be viewed at this link on the Nova Scotia Historical Vital Statistics website:



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L. Edward Paro

Commdr. L E. Paro

Commdr. L. Edward Paro, 44, USNR, who returned to the United States in November after service in North Africa, Italy and the South-west pacific, died yesterday from a heart attack at his Melville, R. I. base. A native of Portland, Me., his home was at 65 Bellevue, Winthrop. He leaves his wife, the former Laura L. Kent; three children, Eleanor, Roy and Allen; and a brother, Alfred. Funeral arrangements have not been completed.



March 11 1925

Mrs. Stanley Robson

Pearl McLeod

Mrs. Pearl Robson, wife of Stanley Robson, engineer on the steamer Acadia, passed away very suddenly at her home, 94 Willow street, at 9.30 o’clock last evening. Mrs. Robson had spent the evening at the residence of her sister, Mrs. William Ward, North West Arm, arriving home at 9 o’clock, in apparently good health and spirits, there was no indication that death was approaching. The deceased lady is survived by her husband, a daughter  Doris, two years of age; her mother, Mrs. H. V. McLeod; three sisters, mrs. Aden Hunt, California; Mrs. Roy Doull, Toronto and Mrs. William Ward, Halifax and two brothers Henry and Charles McLeod, both of this city.

Mrs. Robson enjoyed popularity among a wide circle of friends to whom news of her very sudden death will come as a distinct shock. She was a lady of charming personality. Before her marriage she was prominent in local music circles, but since the birth of her child, had not taken part in any entertainments. Their many friends will sympathize with the sorrowing husband and relatives in their sad bereavement. The time of the funeral will be announced later.


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September 17 1932

Mrs. William Redden

Bertha Maud Kent

Musquodoboit, Sept. 24 — The death occurred in Timmins, Ont. on September 17, of Bertha Maud Redden, wife of William Redden, Lindsay Lake, at the age of 58 years. Mrs. Redden at the time of her passing was visiting her sons in Ontario and her death there will be felt keenly in the community, where, she resided and was very highly esteemed by all who knew her. She leaves behind her husband, eight sons and five daughters, also 19 grand children. The sons are: Harry and William of Timmins, Ont., Philip of Upper Stewiacke; James, John, Robert, Donald and Frederick at home. The daughters are: Bessie ( Mrs. Otis Miller), of Halifax; Odessa ( Mrs. John Reid), of Lindsay Lake; Effie ( Mrs. Frank Deale) of Windsor Jct.; Annie ( Mrs. Orestese Reynolds) of Upper Musquodoboit, and Myrtle at home. Five brothers and one sister also survive.

The funeral which was largely attended, was held at Higginsville on September 21, Rev. Wm. MacDonald officiating. The pall-bearers were: Otis Miller, Frank Deale, Orestese Reynolds, John Reid, Bryson Fraser, Edward Conrad.


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April 30 1937

Miss Mildred Eileen O’Brien

Miss Mildred O’Brien

Deep sorrow and sincere personal regret was occasioned this morning within a large circle of friends, by the death of Miss Mildred O’Brien, 25 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John O’Brien, 1 Moran Street.

Though she had been ill for some time, her death comes as a severe shock, even to members of her grief stricken family for until the last, hope had been held for her recovery and those who knew and loved her because of the splendid qualities of her character were looking forward to the time when again she would be restored to health.

Miss O’Brien was for some time a valued employee of the F. W. Woolworth Company, Gottingen Street, where she was popular with employers and fellow workers alike. Her energy and ability will be greatly missed. She was also an esteemed former student of St. Patrick’s School.

She is survived, besides her parents by three sisters, Mrs. Harvey ( Doris) Holmes, Evelyn and May all of Halifax.

The funeral arrangements will be announced later.




January 15 1941

William A. Mosher

Passes Away At His Office

Dartmouth friends will be shocked to learn of the sudden death this morning of William A. Mosher, 59 of 122 Ochterlonely Street, which occurred at 8 o’clock this morning at his office in the Department of Marine and Transport, Dartmouth. Mr. Mosher had just arrived at his office and was talking to the watchman, when he suddenly fell to the floor in a heart attack. He was well known in the province, having previously been a traveller for many years with the firm of J. L. Wilson and Son. He was a faithful member of Grace United Church.

He is survived by his wife, two sons, Lawrence ( Bud) and Elroy, at home, and four daughters, Marguerite, wife of Reginald Webber, Lake Charlotte, Gertrude, Florence and Jean at home.

Mr. Mosher was born in Halifax.

The funeral arrangements have not yet been completed.


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January 18 1943

Mrs. Edna Jennings

Edna Hilchey ?

The death occurred at her home in Tangier, Monday morning, January 18 of Mrs. Edna Jennings after a lengthy illness at the age of 70 years. She was the widow of Mark J. Jennings who predeceased her 14 years ago.

Her passings will be greatly mourned by a wide circle of friends, as she was highly respected and loved by all who knew her.

She is survived by five daughters ( Pearl) Mrs. Stanley Lindsay, Fall River; ( Bertha) Mrs. Luther Murphy, Fairview; ( Lila) Mrs. Albert Mason, Oakfield, N. Y.; ( Alice) Mrs. Melvin Soward, Eastern Passage and ( Leona) Mrs. George Power, Halifax and one son, Basil of Halifax. Also a loving daughter-in-law, Mrs. Basil Jennings, who cared for her devoutedly all through her illness.

She is also survived by four sisters, Mrs. Nettie Lindsay and Mrs. Richard Cameron of West Gore; Mrs. Herman Hall, Vancouver; Mrs. Albert Belmore, Caribou Gold Mines and two brothers, Arlington Hilchey, West Gore, Hants County and James F. Hilchey, Caribou Gold Mines. 27 grandchildren also survive.


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April 16

Mrs. Albert F. Messervey

Miriam L. Messervey

Miriam Louise Perham

The death occurred early Wednesday morning in her 82nd year of Miriam L. Messervey, widow of the late Albert F. Messervey, former Clerk of Works for the City of Halifax, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John Berry, at Malden, Mass.

Mrs Messervey was well-known in Halifax, and will be sadly missed by her many friends. She was a charter member of Mizpah Rebecca Lodge, I.O.O.F., Halifax.

Surviving are two daughters and two sons, Mrs. John Berry ( Esther), Malden, Mass.; Mrs. Thomas Burt ( Dorothy), Malden, Mass.; Fred R. Messervey, Halifax, senior clerk of the Canadian Customs and Excise Department, and John P. Messervey, Halifax, mining engineer of the Department of Mines for the Province of Nova Scotia.

Mrs. Messervey also leaves to mourn her loss four grandchildren, Margaret Burt, Malden, Mass.; Richard Berry, Malden, Mass.; William Messervey, Peterboro, Ont., and Donald F. Messervey, Hantsport, Nova Scotia.

The funeral will take place at 2 p.m., Saturday. April 19th., from Cruikshank’s Funeral Home, 416 Robie Street, with the Rev. Dr. C. E.


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September 3 1941

Mrs. Norman McGregor

Laura McGregor

Laura Blakeney

Jeddore, Sept. 4 — The death of Mrs. Norman McGregor occurred at her home after an illness of only two days, at the age of 46 years.  She was formerly Laura Blakeney, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Gideon Blakeney, of Jeddore, and life-long resident of this place. She always took an active part in the church and community work, holding offices in the Red Cross and church organizations. Surviving are three daughters, Gertrude, Mrs. Harold Kent, Dartmouth; Helen and Phyllis at home; four sons, Marvin, Kenneth, Russell and Merlin at home, and one little grandchild, Walter Kent. Mrs. Alex Bonn, Jeddore, is her only sister. Her brothers are Howard Blakeney, Jeddore Rock Light; Harris, Walter and Reuben Blakeney, all of West Jeddore; Attwood Blakeney, Prince Edward Island, and Colin, of Needham, Mass.


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December 13 1932

Mrs. Maria C. Leslie

Maria Cooper

The death of Mrs. Maria C. Leslie, occurred at her residence in Spry Bay, December 13, at the advanced age of ninety-four years.

Mrs. Leslie was predeceased by her husband, the late Charles Leslie, and by two daughters, Mary Elizabeth and Sarah Ellen  and two sons, Gasper and Henry C. The surviving members of the family are four daughters, Celeste, Mrs. Pye; Mary, Mrs. J. W. Bollong; Annie, Mrs. D. Veinotte; Eva, Mrs. Charles Tuttle and one son, John R. Nineteen grandchildren  and twenty-four great-grandchildren also survive.

The ties of affection existing among this family was a particularly strong and tender one and the community extends sincere sympathy to them in their bereavement.

The funeral was held at St. James’ Anglican Church at Spry Bay the service being conducted by Rev. J. T. Turner, rector of the parish, assisted by Rev. W. Lakey. Service at the house and church were widely attended.

Mrs. Leslie was widely known throughout the parish for her kind hospitality and was a devoted church worker as well as a member of local charitable organizations.