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, obits ( 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, Dartmouth, 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.
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Mrs. Harvey Francis Holmes
Formerly Miss Doris May O’Brien, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. J. O’Brien, Moran Street, whose marriage took place yesterday afternoon, Rev. Father Duggan officiating, to Harvey Francis Holmes of the H.M.C.S. Saguenay, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Holmes of Galt, Ontario.
Holmes – O’Brien
The wedding took place yesterday afternoon at 2.30 o’clock in St. Patrick’s Glebe, Rev. Father Duggan officiating, of Miss Doris May O’Brien, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. J. O’Brien, 1 Moran Street, and Harry Francis Holmes of Galt, Ontario.
The bride was tastefully gowned in petal green with trimming of black and gold and carried a white prayer book.She was attended by her sister, Miss Mildred O’Brien who wore a gown of golden brown trimmed with touches of rust, Robert Armstrong attended the groom.
The groom will sail on the Saguenay on January 8, following which Mrs. Holmes will go to Galt.
The bride, who for the past four years has been a popular employee of Woolworth’s, has many friends in the city who are wishing for her every happiness.
February 3 1948
Isnor – O’Brien
A very pretty wedding was solemnized recently at St. Patrick’s Church when Miss Evelyn O’Brien, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. O’Brien of Halifax, became the bride of Frank Isnor. The groom is the son of Mrs. J. J. Smith and the late Phillip Isnor, of this city.
The bride, given in marriage by her brother-in-law, Harvey Holmes, was charmingly attired in a street length ensemble of silver mist grey with burgundy accessories and wore a shoulder corsage of red roses.
She was attended by her sister, Miss Mary O’Brien, who was dressed in Queen’s blue with navy accessories and wore a corsage of pink carnations. Both the bride and bridesmaid carried white prayer books. The groom was attended by Frank Murphy of Halifax.
At the ceremony were many friends of the bride and groom and a wedding breakfast was held at the home of the bride’s mother, Mrs. O’Brien, 1 Moran Street.
Harold Jollimore rendered vocal selections with Randolph Delaney at the organ.
Out of town guests were Mrs. Robert Garden and daughter, Shirley, of Elmsdale. The couple were recipients of many lovely gifts which included a floor lamp from the staff at the Lord Nelson Hotel, where the bride was formerly employed, and a mantel clock presented by Mr. Isnor’s fellow employees of the Naval Dockyard.
Following a short trip, Mr. and Mrs. Isnor took up residence at 332 Gottingen Street.
Mawer – Cameron
The marriage of Miss Maxine Averill Cameron, daughter of Mrs. Richard F. Cameron, West Gore, to Leading Aircraftman Noel Mawer, formerly of 76 Windmill Road, Dartmouth, took place at the North Street Christian Church at 7 o’clock June 18, Rev. Fred W. Wallace officiating. Mrs. Ernest MacDonald was organist. Mrs. William Whittaker, aunt of the groom, was soloist and sang ” Because” by Guy D. Hardelot.
The bride was given in marriage by her brother, Captain Laurence C. Cameron.
The bride wore a beautiful gown of white angel-skin lace with train and coronet veil and carried a military bouquet of red and white carnations and blue bachelor buttons with red, white and blue streamers. The church was simply decorated with cut flowers and fern.
Miss Lillace E. Cameron, sister of the bride, was maid of honor, and wore a beautiful Alice-blue chiffon dress with hat to match and carried a bouquet of pink and blue sweet peas. George Wilks, Dartmouth, was best man. Richard Francis Cameron, brother of the bride, and William Haimes, Dartmouth, were ushers.
The bride’s mother, Mrs. Richard Cameron, wore a Queen’s blue sheer dress and a corsage of pink roses. The groom’s aunt, Mrs. Whittaker, wore a navy sheer dress and her corsage was red roses.
After the ceremony a reception was held at the home of the groom’s aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. William Whittaker, 76 Windmill Road, Dartmouth. Floral decorations were red, white and blue. Those pouring were Miss Winnifred E. Cameron of Natick, Mass., sister of the bride, and the groom’s aunt, Mrs. Arthur Monchier. Serving were Misses Freda and Claire Cameron, Jean Whittaker, Mary Green and Helen Longard.
The bride’s going away costume was of navy crepe dress with military cape and she carried red, white and blue accessories. The bridal couple left immediately after the ceremony for Victoriaville, Quebec, where the groom is at present stationed in the R. C. A. F.
The couple received numerous gifts and telegrams.
Merkle – Hilchey
The marriage of Miss Mabel Laurena Hilchey, formerly of Halifax, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Hilchey, Worcester, to Friedrich Merkle, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Friedrich Merkle, of Stuttgart, Germany, took place recently in the parsonage of the Concordia Lutheran Church, Worcester. The Rev. R. Brust performed the ceremony.
The bride wore beige nylon with white accessories and a corsage of sweetheart roses. Her attendant, Mrs. Pearl Morgan of New York, wore orchid nylon with white accessories and a corsage of talisman roses. Wilhelm Albers of Worcester was the best man.
After a wedding trip through the Catskill Mountains, the couple will reside in Westboro, Mass.
Miller – Campbell
The marriage of Miss Margaret Evelyn Campbell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dan H. Campbell, of this city, and Roy Aubrey Miller, was solemnized by Rev. Canon Cunningham at St. George’s Rectory on Wednesday afternoon.
The bride, who wore a gown of wine colored crepe, with hat to match, was given away by her father. Her mother was present at the ceremony, and a number of relatives and intimate friends. Miss Cara Jean Miller, sister of the groom, attended as a bridesmaid, wearing a costume of brown crepe. Henry E. Miller attended as groomsman.
The young couple are both members of families long attached to the Round Church and the bridegroom is on the staff of the National Drug and Chemical Company.
Morgan – Graham
A wedding of interest to friends in the Maritime Provinces was that of Miss Margaret Olive Graham, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Graham, Bridgewater, to William Francis Morgan, R. C. N. V. R., son of Mrs. W. G. Morgan and late Mr. Morgan, which took place in St. Matthias Church last evening, Rev. S. H. Coleman officiating. George Smith presided at the organ and Miss Helen Keizer sang during the signing of the register.
Miss Graham wore a power blue dress with navy accessories and had a corsage of roses. She was attended as bridesmaid by her sister, Miss Isabel Graham, who wore a Copen blue with navy accessories and a corsage of gladiolas. Garfield Morgan, R. C. A. F., was best man for his brother.
After the wedding a reception was held at 15 Bluebell Road, for relatives of the young couple, and a number of their friends. Out of town guests present were the bride’s parents and sister from Bridgewater, Mrs. Morgan, the groom’s mother of Mooseland, and Mr. Frederick Johnson, Bridgewater.
Myers – Baker
Jeddore, Aug. 29 — A large circle of friends were interested in the marriage of Iris Marie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Baker of West Jeddore, and Redverse Churchill Myers, son of Burton Myers and the late Mrs. Myers of Salmon River Bridge, Jeddore, which took place at West Jeddore Baptist Church, Saturday evening. Rev. Dr. A. L. Huddleston performed the ceremony.
The bride who was given in marriage by her father, was very attractive in white embroidered satin with sweetheart neckline, long sleeves and train with long veil caught with orange blossoms and carrying a bouquet of white gladioli and pink roses. The only ornament being a string of pearls, the gift of the groom.
She was attended by her sister, Mrs. Eldon Day, as matron of honor, wearing a full length dress of heavenly blue sheer, with white picture hat and bouquet of red roses and pink gladioli. The bridesmaid, Miss Ramona Maskell, niece of the bride was attired in full length dress of blush pink, sheer white picture hat and bouquet of red roses and pink gladioli. The little flower girl, Carole Day, wore pink silk with poke bonnet and carried a basket of summer flowers. The groom was attended by Donald Baker.
The church was decorated in pink and white with summer flowers. The bridal party standing under a very pretty arch.
During the signing of the register Mrs. John Maskell sang ” O Promise Me” accompanied by the organist Mrs. Ross Blakeney, who also played the wedding marches.
The brides mother wore a torquoise blue suit of feather flannel with white accessories and corsage of red roses.
The ushers were Gerald Dooks, Walter Blakeney and Ralph Baker.
Many attended the reception which followed immediately after at the home of the brides parents, where the rooms were very pretty in pink and white. The bride’s table being centered with a three-tier wedding cake, topped with miniature bride and groom.
They will make their home at Salmon River Bridge, Jeddore.
September 15 1943
Slade – Baker
A wedding of interest took place at the residence of the officiating clergyman, when the Rev. Marshall Richardson, Bedford, cousin of the bride, united in marriage Thelma Frances Baker, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Walter Baker, West Jeddore, and William Anthony Slade, of Shubenacadie. The marriage was solemnized September 15. The bride was given in marriage by her brother, Ralph Baker, and wore a floor-length gown of white brocaded satin with coronet of orange blossoms. She carried an arm bouquet of American beauty roses and gladioli and wore a single strand of pearls, the gift of the groom.
Mrs. John Kent attended her sister as matron of honor and wore a long gown of pink net over pink taffeta, chapel veil of pink net caught up with pink carnations.
Carl Merson, of Dartmouth, was best man. Immediately following the ceremony, a reception was held at the home of the bride’s brother, and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Baker, West Jeddore. The couple received a large number of gifts including silver, crystal, linen, furniture. Carl Merson proposed the toast to the bride.
The groom is captain with the Dartmouth Ferry service.
For travelling the bride wore a suit of jersey with gray accessories.
There passed away this morning at his home, Tulip street, Dartmouth, Charles Walker, a well known resident of the town, aged 75 years, death following an illness of quite three years, most patiently borne. Mr. Walker, who was formerly in the employ of McDonald and Company, machinists, Halifax had a wide circle of friends, both in Halifax and Dartmouth. He was a sterling man and deservedly respected. Besides his wife, for whom much sympathy is expressed in a sorrowful loss, there survive him five daughters, and three sons — Mrs. Burris Prest, Arlington, Mass., the Misses Winnifred, Elma and Margaret at home, and Mrs. R. J. Gray, living in Dartmouth; Charles, in Montreal; Earle in Connecticut, and Roy, in Sydney. Mrs. James Hilton is a sister of Mr. Walker.
The funeral will take place on Wednesday afternoon at two o’clock. Charles J. Walker, son of the deceased is leaving Montreal this evening and will arrive home tomorrow night.
Melvin A. Prest
Upper Stewiacke, Aug. 3 — This community was saddened on Thursday when news came of the death of Melvin A. Prest which occurred at the Victoria General Hospital after an illness of several weeks. Mr. Prest, who was sixty-one years of age, was born in Mooseland, Halifax County. He moved to Cross Roads several years ago, where he was a prosperous farmer and this last few years conducted a general store.
In the immediate family Mr. Prest is survived by his wife; one daughter Doris, who is training at the Victoria General Hospital; and three sons, Max, discharged from the Canadian Navy due to ill health; Spencer, discharged from the Canadian army, after serving several years overseas; Harlan at home and Homer, now overseas with the Canadian Army. An elder son, Elmant, was killed overseas while serving with the R. C. A. F.
Wednesday May 19 1948
Mrs. Hattie Ethel Sanford
Hattie Ethel Hilchey
*Hattie Ethel Reynolds
Moose River Gold Mines, May 28 — The death of Mrs. Hattie Ethel Sanford occurred Wednesday morning, May 19th at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Warren Higgins, here. Mrs. Sanford had been in failing health for about a year. She possessed a most pleasing personality and will be sadly missed by a wide circle of friends.
She was a daughter of the late Isaac and Joanna ( Hartling) Hilchey, and was born at Mooseland, Halifax Co., 67 years ago, and apart from a number of years spent in United States and Musquodoboit, she lived the most of her life at that place. The deceased was a faithful and highly valued member of Saint Thomas Church ( Anglican), Mooseland, where she served as organist about 40 years.
In her imediate family there survives, by her first marriage, one daughter, Ethel ( Mrs. Warren Higgins) of Moose River Gold Mines, and one son, Thomas Reynolds, of Upper Musquodoboit. One sister, Mrs. Emma Miller, of Arlington Heights, Mass., and two brothers, George, of Arlington, Mass., and Alexander, of Moose River Gold Mines, survive, as well as her twelve grandchildren and one adopted great-grandson.
The funeral service was held from Saint Thomas Church Friday, May 21st, with her pastor, Rev. G. S. Lanton officiating. Interment was in Mooseland cemetery.
*Hattie married Thomas Reynolds on June 25 1902. She married George M. Sanford on February 17 1909.
Upper Stewiacke, May 2 — The death occurred on Monday evening of Haliburton Jackson, 77, of South Branch. Mr. Jackson had been in failing health all Winter.
In the immediate family he is survived by his wife and ten children, Etta, Mrs. Hiram Russell, of Totsham, Maine; Evelyn, Mrs. Percy Richards, of Stoneham, Mass.; Dorothy, Mrs. Fred Gohan, and Gertie, Mrs. Holmes McCullach, South Branch; Arnold, at home; Joe, Clyde, Arthur and Nelson, who all served with the Canadian Army overseas and returned home during the past several months, and Raymond, at home.
The funeral service will be held from the United Church at South Branch on Thursday afternoon at 2.30 o’clock.
Hilda Maud Hilchey
Hilchey — There passed away early on Wednesday morning, October 18, at her residence, 84 King Street, Dartmouth, Hilda Maud, daughter of Sarah A. and the late Hiram O. Hilchey. Besides her mother she is survived by two sisters and three brothers. The funeral will be held from her home on Friday afternoon at 2.30 o’clock. The service to be conducted by Rev. W. Charles Anderson of St. James’ United Church.
In loving memory of Maud, wife of Ernest Perry, who passed peacefully to rest after a lengthy and trying illness, sustained by Christain fortitude, on April 8th, 1920:
Daughter, sister, wife and mother,
God has called thee home at last,
Safe beyond this world’s temptations,
Through this vale of tears you’ve passed.
Oh, its hard to live without thee,
Knowing that thou’lt come no more,
Soon the blessed, grand re-union
On that bright, celestial shore.
Blessed, glorious, grand re-union,
No more partings, no more sighs,
Oh, that heavenly Easter morning
When God wipes all tear-dimmed eyes.
Rest thou, until then, oh loved one,
We, a little longer stay,
Trusting in our Heavenly Father,
He will lead us all the way.
– Mabel Wolfe
Mrs. E. V. Perry
Pathetic circumstances are related in connection with the death at Wilmot Sanatorium, Annapolis county, of Mrs. E. V. Perry, which occurred at an early hour on Thursday morning. Relatives of the deceased reside in Dartmouth, Mrs. George Wolfe, Victoria road, being an aunt, of Mrs. White, of Mooseland, Musquodoboit Valley, who has arrived to attend the funeral services, is a sister.
Mrs. Perry came to Dartmouth from her native place, St. George’s, Nfld., last year in the hope that change would be beneficial to her health. She entered the Parker Hospital at Dartmouth remaining there six weeks, afterwards going to the Wilmot Sanatorium. Her husband is connected with the Labrador Storage, one of the departments controlled by Dr. Grentel’s Missions, and it is impossible for him to return to Dartmouth before next June. It is now even impossible to get word to him of the death of his wife until some weeks. The body will be brought to Dartmouth and the funeral will take place Sunday at four o’clock from the residence of Mr. and Mrs. George Wolfe, Victoria road. Surviving besides her husband are one child, a sister and three brothers, one in Saskatchewan, one in another part of the Canadian West, and Harold, in St. George’s, Nfld.
August 17 1940
Eldon Ernest Cameron
Mooselands, Sept. 7 — The communities of Mooseland and Moose River, were deeply grieved at the passing at the Kentville Sanatorium, recently, of one of their most outstanding citizens, Eldon Ernest Cameron, age 59 years. He was buried at Mooseland Cemetery with full Masonic honors, the officiating clergymen being Rev. Mr. Sheppard and Rev. Mr. Webber. The profusion of beautiful flowers testified to the esteem in which Mr. Cameron was held. The funeral was largely attended. Surviving are his widow, and son, Ralph; also sister Annie ( Mrs. Dr. Casswell), Brockton, Mass., and brother, Cleveland, of New Glasgow. Dr. Laurie Cameron of Aldershot, is a nephew.
Mr. Cameron was well known throughout the Province for his interest in promoting mining activities. he was one of the first men at the scene of the Moose River cave-in, and worked with unflinching faith to the end of the rescue. His interest in the welfare of the community never wavered despite his ill-health.
A man of sterling character, and integrity, he was a good neighbor and kind friend; his genial disposition extending itself to even the small boy along the wayside and endearing him to all who were fortunate enough to enjoy his acquaintance.