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.
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William J. Scott
Middle Musquodoboit, Sept. 29. — A highly respected and life-long resident of Musquodoboit passed away this morning in the person of William J. Scott, death being due to a heart attack, at the age of 72 years. Well-known throughout the province as prominent huntsman and guide he, on one occasion, escorted the vice-regal party on a hunting expedition in this valley and entertained them in his home.
In former years a farmer and lumberman, in latter years, although not robust in health, he held the offices of issuer of marriage licenses, registrar of births and deaths, fish warden on the Musquodoboit river and for over 10 years a rural mail driver. He was a loyal supporter and member of the former Methodist Church and later of the United Church. In politics always a Liberal, many prominent in the party having enjoyed the hospitality of his home.
He was twice married, his wife Ida Hilchie of Mooseland, Halifax county, and his second, who survives him, was Mrs. Jennie Fisher Tupper of Upper Stewiacke. Also surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Alex. Gregg, Nanton, Alberta, Mrs. George Hyson, Chester, Pa., and two sons, Clarence and John of Middle Musquodoboit; and two brothers, Arthur in British Columbia, and Hiram of Middle Musquodoboit. The funeral will be held from the United Church, Middle Musquodoboit, on Saturday at 2.30 p.m., with Rev. J. G. Ball officiating, assisted by members of Craigmyle Lodge, I.O.O.F., of which order the deceased was a member.
Cecil S. Maskell
The death of Cecil S. Maskell, port steward at Halifax of the Imperial Oil Company, occurred suddenly yesterday at the Victoria General Hospital. He was 50 years of age.
Born in West Jeddore, he was the son of Florence and Wellington Maskell, both of whom survive.
Also surviving are his wife, Isabel, and five children, all of Pictou; one brother, Lindsay, of Halifax, and one sister, Ione, living in the U. S. A.
The body is resting at Snow’s Funeral Home until Wednesday when services will be conducted by Rev. Richardson at 2 p. m. The remains will then be shipped to Pictou for internment.
Mrs. Harriet Kirby
Mrs. Harriet Kirby passed away at the home of her son, Carl Kirby, 6 Vienna Street, Halifax, yesterday after a lengthy illness. She was 62 years of age. Born in Flat Islands, Newfoundland, the deceased made her home in Halifax for the past 35 years. Her husband, William, predeceased her seven years ago.
She was an active member of the congregation of the J. Wesley Smith Memorial Church and was Past Worshipful Mistress of Defence Lodge L. T. B. A. and a member of Capitol City Lodge, L. O. B. A.
She is survived by one daughter, Winnie ( Mrs. E. Oxner) Halifax, and one son Carl, of the Income Tax Department, two sisters, Mrs. Vida Riggs, Flat Islands, Nfld., and Mrs. Joseph Reid, Burin, Nfld.
The funeral will be held at Cruikshanks Funeral Home. Interment will be at St. John’s Cemetery.
February 4 1939
Mrs. J. Henry Prest
Prest — In memory of Mrs. J. Henry Prest of Moose River Mines who passed away at her home on Feb. 4th.
Oh, a dear one, Oh, a loved one,
Who has passed away so soon;
Filled many hearts with deepest sorrow,
Everything with mournful gloom,
A loving mother and a sister,
And a friend to all, was found;
If only she were with us now
Instead, so far beneath the ground.
Husband, brothers, sons and daughters,
To them she was so dear;
Many friends are too included,
That wish she could be here.
To myself she was an aunt;
But, meant more than that, to me
A true and faithful friend indeed
If ever, one was she.
The old home is yet so cozy,
But shall never be the same;
As when the dear one, and the loved one
Who will always bear the name.
She is gone but not forgotten.
Her remembrance, we’ll bear in mind
Yet another to replace her,
Will be very hard to find.
– By Jean M. Higgins
Mrs. James H. Prest
Feb. 9 1939
Mrs. James H. Prest
Friends and relatives were grieved to learn of the recent death of Esther, wife of James Henry Prest, at her home at Moose River Gold Mines.
Although Mrs. Prest had been ailing for a number of months her illness was not considered serious until two weeks ago when the family members were summoned home.
Funeral services were conducted at the Moose River United Church by the Rev. Mr. Ball of Musquodoboit. Later the body was taken to Mooseland, her former home for burial.
Mrs. Prest leaves to mourn their loss, a husband, six daughters, Alice, Mrs. Henry Robinson, Detroit, Mich.; Belle, Mrs. John Doherty, Windsor, Ont.; Elsie, Mrs. Frank Horne, Moose River; Effie, Mrs. Charles Dapp, Long Island, N. Y. and *Miss Silian, Brookline, Mass., also four sons, Frank at home, Clark, Mooseland; Charles of Billerica, Mass. and Fulton of Allston, also three brothers, Nelson Jackson of New Hampshire; Wellington of Stoneham and Haliburton of South Branch, who was at her bedside at the time of her death.
She was the mother of 14 children, four of whom predeceased her, also 33 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
Mrs. Prest will be remembered by a great many as proprietress of the Wayside Inn for a number of years.
*newspaper typo – Silian should be Lillian
December 1 *1937
Mrs. William Miller
Moose River Mines, Dec. 7 — Friends here and in surrounding districts were shocked to receive news of the sudden passing of Leona, wife of William Miller, after a short illness at the Halifax Infirmary.
The deceased was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Prest and was born in Mooseland 36 years ago, but had lived in Moose River 21 years. Possessed of a kindly disposition Mrs. Miller was ready at all times to assist in any activity that would further the interest of the community. The funeral service, which was largely attended, was held in the United Church here, conducted by Rev. J. H. A. Anderson, D.D. Internment was in the family lot at Mooseland.
The pall bearers were Albert Fahie, Frank and Matthew Redden and Murray Hilchey.
Mrs. Miller is survived by her husband and one son, Louis, and one daughter Doris; also her parents; four brothers, Frank at home, Clark in Mooseland, Fulton and Charles in Mass.; six sisters, Mrs. Frank Horne, ( Elsie), Moose River; Mrs. William Bruce ( Melvina), West Gore; Mrs. Henry Robinson ( Alice), Mrs. Jack Doherty ( Annibelle), Windsor, Ont.; Mrs. Charles Dapp ( Effie), New York; and Lillian, Somerville, Mass.
* 1938 is written in pencil on the clipping but the death year is recorded as 1937 on the actual death record. It can be viewed on the Nova Scotia Historical Vital Statistics here:
March 30 1942
James H. Prest
Moose River Mines, April 8 — The little village of Moose River was grieved to learn of the sudden passing of one of its oldest and beloved citizens, James Henry Prest.
Mr. Prest who had been enjoying good health, was suddenly overcome by a stroke by which he died almost instantly on the morning of March 30 at 9.30 o’clock.
Even at the old age of 85 Mr. Prest was still active and enjoyed very much spending an evening of entertainment with his many friends; also paying an occasional visit to his relatives and friends in nearby districts.
Mr. Prest leaves to mourn their loss, six daughters, Alice, Mrs. Henry Robinson, Detroit, Mich.; Effie, Mrs. Charles Dapp, Yonkers, N. Y.; Annabelle, Mrs. John Doherty, Windsor, Ont.; Lillian, Mrs. Arthur Birman, Roxbury, Mass.; Melvina, Mrs. William Bruce, West Gore; Elsie, Mrs. Frank Horne, Moose River Mines; also four sons, Charles, Billerica, Mass.; Fulton of Boston; Clark of Mooseland and Frank at home. His wife and four children predeceased him some years ago.
A short service was held at his home, conducted by Rev. McKenzie of Upper Musquodoboit. A service was afterwards held in the St. Thomas Church, Mooseland, Rev. Chard from Tangier officiating.
Ball bearers were: Guy White, James O’Connell, Bruce Jackson, Harold Decker, Persey Murphy, Mr. Bell.
May 18 1951
Mrs. Effie Catherine Prest
Middle Musquodoboit, May 20 — Mrs. Effie Catherine Prest, widow of Addington E. Prest, of Mooseland, Halifax County, died in Musquodoboit Valley Memorial Hospital Friday. She was 73.
She was the former Effie McIsaac, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. James MacIsaac, Moose River Mines.
For a time she lived in the Canadian West but had spent the last several years in Mooseland.
Surviving are a son, Roderick, Hollywood, Calif., and a sister Lena, in California. Her husband died last November.
A granddaughter, Patsy Prest, took part in the movie ” Lassie Come Home” and another granddaughter, Delores Prest, is associated with the movies as a dancer.
The funeral will be held Monday afternoon at the house with the service beginning at 2.30 p.m., ADT. Interment will be in the family lot at Mooseland.
November 14 1950
A. E. Prest
Addington E. Prest, well known resident of Mooseland, Halifax County, died yesterday at the Sheet Harbor Hospital. A retired C.N.R. roundhouse foreman, Mr. Prest was 81.
Born at Mooseland, he went to western Canada during early manhood, where he joined the Canadian National Railway. He retired 10 years ago and returned to his birthplace.
Surviving are his wife, Effie, and one son, Roderick, Hollywood, California. Also one sister, Mrs. Lorena Kent, 11 Moran Street, Halifax. A granddaughter, Miss Patricia Prest, appeared in the motion picture ” Lassie Come Home.”
Funeral Services will be held from his home at Mooseland Thursday, Nov. 16, at 2:30 p.m. Interment will take place in the family lot at Mooseland.
May 7 1949
Gough – Pentz
One of the loveliest of May wedding was solemnized Saturday afternoon in J. Wesley Smith Memorial Church when the minister, Rev. A. G. Pentz, united in marriage his daughter, Jean Elizabeth, to Cyril H. Gough, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Gough, Elliston, Newfoundland.
Before a floral decorated altar, the young couple took their vows in the presence of a large gathering of friends and relatives. The bride, who was given in marriage by her brother, Dr. D. G. Pentz, was charming in her gown of white sating, designed with a fitted bodice featuring a lace-inserted round neckline and long sleeves pointed over the wrists. Her skirt was full, ending in a train and designed with lace panels. She wore an embroidered veil held in place by a coronet and she carried a cascade bouquet of red roses. A single strand of pearls was her only jewellery.
Miss Phyllis Margeson was her only attendant and wore a gown of orchid shade moire with a matching headdress and short veil. She carried a crescent bouquet of yellow carnations and roses. Donald Collins was best man and the ushers were the bride’s brother, Robert Pentz, and Raymond Purchase.
Diane Parker was soloist and sang, ” I Love Thee” by Greig with E. W. Schafer at the organ.
A reception was held later at the home of the bride’s parents, 550 Robie Street, where the bride’s mother assisted in receiving the guests and wore a dress of aqua crepe with black accessories and a corsage of talisman roses. Rev. E. W. Forbes proposed the toast to the bride. Presiding at the tea table were the bride’s aunts, Mrs. C. L. Andrews, Pictou, and Mrs. William Simms, Braintree, Mass.
For a wedding trip through the Annapolis Valley, the bride chose a rose suit with black accessories and a corsage of talisman roses. They will live in Halifax on their return where the groom is a student at Pine Hill Divinity School.
Wide Interest In Saturday Ceremony –Mr. and Mrs. Cyril H. Gough are shown above, their marriage having taken place Saturday afternoon in J. Wesley Smith Memorial Church. Mrs. Gough is the former Jean Elizabeth Pentz, daughter of Rev. and Mrs. A. G. Pentz, Halifax, and the groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Gough, Elliston, Newfoundland. The bride’s father officiated at the ceremony.
Returns to Pulpit — Rev. A. G. Pentz (above), minister of J. Wesley Smith Memorial Church, will conduct the Sunday services there after an absence of several months on sick leave. During his absence, the services at J. Wesley Smith Memorial Church have been conducted by Rev. Dr. H. B. Clarke.
Seeley – Wilson
Nuptials of Interest — Mr. and Mrs. Robert Seeley are shown above, their marriage having taken place Saturday in St. Andrew’s Church. Rev J. A. MacKeigan officiated and was assisted by the groom’s father, Rev. Dr. W. R. Seeley, Hamilton, Bermuda. The bride is the daughter of G. R. Wilson and the late Mrs. Wilson, Halifax, and the groom is the son of Rev. Dr. and Mrs. W. R. Seeley.
Otto – Major
Rev. L. B. Bent officiated at a pretty wedding which was solemnized in All Saints Church, Bedford, at 5 o’clock yesterday afternoon, when Miss Rita Elinor Major, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Major, became the bride of Edgar LeRoy Otto, son of Mrs. Otto and the late George W. Otto.
The bride was given in marriage by her brother, Allen, looked charming in a gown of white lace cut on Princess lines with short train. She wore a small halo hat of the same material and carried a bouquet of Talisman roses and carnations. There were no attendants. Mrs. Fritz Schaefer presided at the organ and played the wedding marches.
Following the ceremony a reception was held at the home of Mrs. Stephen Leedham, aunt of the bride, at which there gathered some seventy-five friends of the happy couple to extend to them their best wishes. The house was gaily decorated with white bells and streamers and there was a profusion of roses and sweet peas. Mrs. Major, mother of the bride wore a gown of grey and black chiffon and Mrs. Leedham was attired in an ensemble of brown.
Later following the time honored ceremony of the cutting of the wedding cake, Mrs. and Mrs. Otto left for a motor trip through the province, the bride wearing for travelling a suit of blue. After an absence of two weeks the bride and groom will return to Dartmouth, where they will take up residence.
Dooks – Hubley
For the wedding last evening of Eva Rebecca Leslie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Hubley, 104 Willow Street, and Lester George Dooks, a son of Mrs. A. M. Dooks, also of this city, and the late Willoughby Dooks. St. Matthias Church was thronged with friends and well-wishers — keen interest has been shown in the wedding since announcement was made of the engagement of the young people who are extremely popular, and many parties have been given in their honor.
The Rector of the Church, Rev. Edward Morris, officiated the organist and choir of which the bride is a member being in attendance, the Hymn ” The Voice that breathed o’er Eden” being sung immediately after the entry of the bridal party, Mrs. Lowe singing a solo, ” I love you truly,” during the signing of the Register ..
The bride was given in marriage by her brother, Charles Hubley. Very charming she looked in a gown of white ” kitten ear” satin, worn with hat of the same material, , garnished with orange blossoms and silk net, her bouquet being a shower bouquet of roses and carnations.
She was attended by Miss Brenda Paul as bridesmaid.Miss Paul being a very attractive figure in a gown of pink silk pebble crepe, with hat of the same color, and she also carried a bouquet of roses and carnations.
George Butt attended as groomsman.
The wedding was followed by a reception at the home of the bride’s parents, only relatives and very intimate friends, however being present. Mr. and Mrs. Dooks who have the best wishes of all who enjoy their acquaintance, will take their departure on Saturday for Bridgewater, where they will make their home and where a warm welcome awaits them. The collection of wedding gifts was a large one, the gift of the groom to the bride being a substantial cheque, and the gifts to the bridesmaid and groomsman being a ring and a Roll’s razor respectively.
Saturday September 16 1944
Drysdale – Ross
St. James Anglican Church, Herring Cove, was the scene of a pretty wedding Saturday, September 16 at 4 o’clock when Jessie Mae, only daughter of Mrs. Clifford F. Ross, and the late Clifford Ross, Herring Cove, formerly of Halifax, became the bride of Walter E. D. Drysdale, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. George W. Drysdale, Herring Cove. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. F. E. Rice.
The bride, given in marriage by her uncle, Frank Thomas, looked lovely in a floor length gown of white sheer with high neckline and embroidered bodice. Her veil, held in place with a halo of laurel leaves ended in a slight train. She carried a shower bouquet of American Beauty roses. Her only ornament, a two strand string of pearls, was the gift of the groom.
The bride was attended by Miss Natalie Thomas, who wore a floor length gown of turquoise taffeta with matching feather halo and veil. She carried a bouquet of talisman roses. The little flower girl, Sandra Gormley, looked sweet in her floor length gown of peach taffeta with matching head band. She carried a nosegay of sweetpeas. Petty Officer Walter Brunt attended the groom and the ushers were Gordon Gormley and Arthur Harrigan.
Mrs. Ross, mother of the bride, wore a flowered crepe gown with black accessories and corsage of talisman roses.
Mrs. Charles Purcell, eldest sister of the groom, wore a black and white crepe dress with corsage of white carnation buds.
During the signing of the register the choir, consisting of friends of the bride, beautifully rendered ” O Perfect Love,” accompanied by Miss Mary Darrach, organist.
Following the ceremony a reception for about 140 guests was held at ” Greengates,” summer home of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Thomas. The bride’s table was centred with a three tier wedding cake. Rev. W. D. Wilson proposed the toast to the bride. Following the reception Mr. and Mrs. Drysdale left on a motor trip through the province, the bride travelling in a two piece chartreuse wool suit, trimmed with black velvet and wearing black accessories. Her corsage was of talisman roses. On their return they will reside in Herring Cove.
Among the many lovely gifts received by the popular young couple was a Wedgewood dinner set from the Department of Lands and Forests, where the bride was a valued member for the past few years.
Saturday June 28 1941
Bowser – Bonn
Jeddore, July 3 — The West Jeddore Baptist Church was the scene of a lovely wedding Saturday evening, June 28, at 8 o’clock when Miss Margaret Catherine Bonn, daughter of Mrs. Alex Bonn and the late Alex Bonn of West Jeddore, became the bride of Guy George Bowser, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Bowser, of Pleasant Point. The marriage was solemnized by the Rev. K. Drew of Musquodoboit Harbor.
The bride entered the church on the arm of her uncle, Norman McGregor, who gave her in marriage. She wore a gown of triple white sheer over white satin, floor length, with silver sequins at wrist and neck, and long veil with orange blossoms on veil and dress. She wore a Nova Scotia gold and amethyst brooch, gift of the groom, and carried a bouquet of pink and white roses and carnations and fern. The bridesmaid, Miss Pearl Bonn, sister of the bride wore a floor length dress of pink satin, with white accessories and a bouquet of sweetpeas and snapdragon. The groom was supported by Walter Bonn, brother of the bride. The ushers were Woodrow Maskell, R. C. N., George Kent and Vance Williams.
The church was very attractive with decorations of potted plants, pink and white streamers and an arch of fern, apple blossoms and bells. Mrs. McGregor, aunt of the bride, played the wedding marches. During the signing of the register Mr. Brooks, pastor of the church, sang a solo.
The bride’s mother wore a gown of woodrose crepe with hat to correspond; the groom’s mother wore queen blue crepe and accessories to match. The organist and bridesmaid received gold maple leaf brooches; the groomsman and pastor, leather billfolds.
A reception was held at the home of the bride where nearly 100 guests attended. The bride has for a number of years been a very successful teacher in this district and elsewhere. The couple received many beautiful gifts which testified to their popularity. Friends from Halifax, Bayside and Dartmouth were present.
The bride’s travelling costume was a tailored suit in black with white blouse, white hat and white accessories. The happy couple have the best wishes of many friends and will reside in Halifax.
George – Hartling
The Central Baptist Church was the scene of a very pretty wedding at 3 o’clock this afternoon when Emma Alice daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. Hartling, 15 Lawrence street, became the bride of Reuben George, also of this city.
The bride, who entered the church on the arm of her father, looking charming in her wedding gown of white georgette crepe and silk lace, and wearing the conventional veil with wreath of orange blossoms and carried a shower bouquet of butterfly roses and sweet peas. She was attended by her sister Jeanna, who wore an imported gown of French blue georgette with black picture hat. She carried a shower of Columbia roses and sweet peas. Mr. Gordon Hollett attended as groomsman.
The church was very tastefully decorated by Mrs. Clifford Ross and her assistants with a variety of summer flowers.
At the opening of the service the choir sang ” The Voice that breathed o’er Eden” and during the signing of the register Miss Birdie DeLong was heard with much pleasure in ” O Promise Me.” Mrs. F. A. Nightinggale was at the organ giving renditions of the Bridal Chorus and Wedding March.
Rev. W. D. Wilson, pastor of the church, officiated.
After receiving the fellicitations of their relatives the happy couple left by auto for the Eastern Shore, where they anticipate spending a honeymoon of two weeks. The bride’s going away costume was a powder blue dress worn with black coat, hat and shoes and brown fox fur, the gift of the groom. The groom’s gift to the bridesmaid was a pendant, to the groomsman cufflinks, and to the soloist and organist gold pieces.
The collection of wedding gifts was a large and valuable one, including a tray of flat silver from the staff of the Maritime Finance Ltd., of which the bride is a valuable member, also a cheque from Mr. Phinney, with whom the bride has been associated for the past nine years in the employ of Phinneys, Ltd., and Maritime Finance Ltd.; also a beautiful clock and set of stainless steel carvers from the staff of the Naval Armament Supply Dept., of which the groom is a member.
On their return Mr. and Mrs. George will reside at 184 North street.