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.
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Wednesday July 20 1938
Smith’s Cove, July 26 — A wedding of interest to a large circle of friends throughout the province, was solemnized on Wednesday evening, July 20, at 8 o’clock, in the United Church here, when Pauline Margaret Brinton, only daughter of Mrs. A. J. Cornwall of Smith’s Cove and the late Roy Brinton, of Bear River, was united in marriage to Egbert Aubrey, son of Mr. and Mrs. John E. Hawkins of Halifax. Rev. Charles Rockingham, of Deep Brook, officiated at the ceremony.
The bride, entering the church on the arm of A. J. Cornwall, her stepfather, who also gave her away, was charming on a floor length gown of white satin made in Princess style, long sleeves, slightly squared at shoulders, buttoned down the back with self-covered buttons, and conventional white veil with tiara of pearls and brilliants. She carried a large bouquet of white roses and fern. She was attended by Miss Louise McHugh, of Saint John, N. B., who wore pale yellow net over taffeta of the same color, with matching off the face hat. She carried a bouquet of yellow and pink roses with blue for-get-me-nots. Chester Brinton, brother of the bride, acted as groomsman.
The church was tastefully decorated by Mrs. Henry Sulis, in a color combination of white, pink and mauve. The wedding marches were rendered by Miss Frances Austin. Ushers were Harold A. Sulis and Lovett H. Woodman.
Immediately after the ceremony a reception was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Cornwall, Smith’s Cove. Refreshments were served to a large number of guests by Alice Woodman, Florence Berry, Ruby Woodman, Mrs. Lena Cossitt, Grace Hubley, Mrs. Henry Sulis and Mrs. William Woodman. Many beautiful gifts were received, also several cheques.
After the reception the happy couple left by motor for Halifax. Upon their return Mr. and Mrs. Brinton will reside in Digby where the groom is in the employ of the M. T. & T. Co.
Peter W. Maskell
West Jeddore, Feb. 17 — Peter W. Maskell, one of Jeddore’s most prominent and well-known residents, died suddenly today following a heart attack. He was 58.
Born at West Jeddore, he was of United Empire Loyalist stock, being the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Peter Maskell. For a number of years he lived in Halifax where he was employed as a tram operator. Later he farmed at Chezzetcook and 15 years ago took over his father’s general store at West Jeddore. He was active in community affairs and was highly regarded as a business man. Mr. Maskell was a prominent member of the Adventist Church. His wife was the former Blanche
August 12 1939
Mrs. Eudivilla Maskell
Musquodoboit Harbor, Aug. 15 — The little fishing village of West Jeddore was greatly saddened on Saturday evening by the passing of one of its own highly respected and beloved citizens. Mrs. Eudivilla Maskell, formerly Miss Harpell of West Jeddore, at the age of 73 years. She was known by many and loved by all who came in contact with her as for fifty years she and her husband, the late Peter W. Maskell, who passed away five years ago, kept the general store at West Jeddore. Although in failing health for the past two years she never complained.
She leaves to mourn their loss three daughters, Mrs. E. S. Sharpp, of Armdale; Mrs. Reginald Baker, Ostrea Lake and Mrs. Harris Blakney of West Jeddore: four sons, Peter, with whom she lived: Corey, Wilfred and Roland of West Jeddore: one sister. Mrs. Gary Stapp of Patterson, New Jersey; also three brothers, William, West Jeddore: Jeremiah of Boston, Mass., and George of Worcester, Mass.
The funeral was held Monday afternoon, interment at the little cemetery at West Jeddore.
Bernard Cameron Maskell
Boy, Six Months Old Dies of Pneumonia
Jeddore, Nov. 15 — The death of Bernard Cameron Maskell, 6 months-old son of Mr. and Mrs. John Maskell, West Jeddore, occurred Monday of last week at their home. Death was due to pneumonia. The funeral took place Tuesday afternoon at West Side with the interment in the cemetery there. Mr. McLeod, pastor, conducted the service. Much sympathy is felt for the bereaved parents who now only have one little daughter.
April 21 1949
John Charles Hilchey
Hilchey — The death occurred of John Charles Hilchey at the home of his son Stanley, 108 Lawrence Street, on April 21, after a short illness, at the age of 90 years. Funeral will take place at St. Matthias’ Church, Windsor Street, on Saturday April 23, at 2 p.m. by the Reverend E. Morris and Reverend G. S. Tanton ( rector of deceased). Burial at Camp Hill Cemetery.
March 24 1937
Ella V. Prest
Prest — The death occurred Wednesday, March 24th of Miss Ella V. Prest, at the home of her sister, Mrs. S. Kent, 11 Moran St. She is survived by one sister and one brother.
Ella May Lawlor
There passed away this morning in the Victoria General Hospital Ella May Lawlor, daughter of George Lawlor, of Spryfield, aged 22 years. The news of her passing in early womanhood, will be received with deep sorrow within the wide circle of her friends. Miss Lawlor was known and highly esteemed in the district in which she lived and where she was engaged in teaching. She was loved by her young pupils, and was an excellent teacher, as well as a most attractive personality. Much sympathy is expressed for her parents in the loss which they have sustained in her death. Her father was with her at the time of her passing, and he will accompany the body on its silent home-going to Spryfield tomorrow morning.
*** According to Ella’s death certificate she passed away from pneumonia which was a post operative complication from a tonsillectomy. https://www.novascotiagenealogy.com/ItemView.aspx?ImageFile=134-1353&Event=death&ID=224211
Dartmouth Man Dies — News of the death this morning of V. Carl Otto ( above), well known Dartmouth merchant and prominent member of the Austenville Owls Club and of the Masonic order in the town will be heard with deep regret by a wide circle of friends and business associates.
Mourn Death of Carl Otto
Carl Otto, 44, well known Dartmouth merchant, prominent Mason, and one of the originals in the Austenville Owl’s Club, died at the Victoria General Hospital at 7:30 this morning.
Mr. Otto was a leader in the town’s community life and a member of a prominent Dartmouth family. He was in business with his brother, W. Guy Otto at the Austenville Grocery.
Surviving are two brothers, W. Guy of Dartmouth, and E. L. Otto, of Moir’s Limited, Halifax, and a sister, Maude, ( Mrs. Kenneth Frizzell) of Dartmouth.
He as a charter member and past president of the Austenville Owl’s Club, a member of the Eastern Star Lodge A. F. and A. M. and past high priest of Renown Chapter Royal Arch Masons.
Death followed his admission to hospital a week ago to undergo an operation.
The funeral will be held on Wednesday at 2 o’clock from Zink’s Funeral Parlors to Christ Church, Rev. W. E. Ryder officiating. Internment will be at Christ Church Cemetery.
October 18 1939
Hilda Maude Hilchey
There died yesterday morning at her home, 84 King Street, Dartmouth, Hilda Maud, daughter of Sarah A. and the late Hiram O. Hilchey. She had been ill for a long time and during the past few weeks has been confined to bed. Her illness was borne with great patience and the end was peaceful.
Miss Hilchey was a member of St. James United Church.
Besides her mother, who was most devoted to her during her illness, she is survived by two sisters, Mildred, wife of Robert E. McPhee, of Windsor Junction; Clarissey, wife of Gordon Langille of Chester, New Hampshire, and three brothers, Almon E., Theodore B. and A. Russell Hilchey, all of Dartmouth.
The funeral will be held from the residence, 84 King Street, Dartmouth, on Friday at 2:30 o’clock, the service to be conducted by Rev. W. Charles Anderson of St. James United Church.
Levi L. Hilchey
Native of Stewiacke, Mr. Hilchie died in hospital at Saint John Thursday succumbing to injuries received when he was struck by a train at the depot.
Fatality Victim Is Laid To Rest
Stewiacke, Feb. 11 — Following services in Holy Trinity church on Sunday afternoon, the body of Levi Hilchey who was killed at the Mill street railway crossing in Saint John, N. B., were laid to rest in the Anglican cemetery here.
The service was conducted by Rev. C. W. Saunders who also officiated at the graveside. The pall bearers were C. C. Leck, P. Prest, Max Meadows, Harvey Crowe, Horace Meadows and George Meadows. Many floral offerings were placed on the grave.
Surviving Mr. Hilchey is his wife, and one daughter, Mrs. Gordon Weaver and two sons, Reginald and Lorne, also several grandchildren.
Morris A. Hilchey
The death occurred yesterday of Morris A. Hilchey at his home, 67 Elm Street. A well-known Halifax building contractor, he passed away at the age of 67 years, after a long illness.
Surviving are his wife Mildred; one son Victor; one daughter Doris; three brothers, Cumminger, Musquodoboit; Jonathan, Mooseland; Bayne, Halifax; and three sisters, Elizina, Mrs. Dukeshire, Stewiacke; Villa, Mrs. Elmer Milne, Middle Musquodoboit, and Charlotte, Mrs. Edgar Hilchey, Hebron, Yarmouth County.
Funeral services will be held at Cruikshank’s Funeral Home, Robie Street, Saturday, at 11 a.m. Interment will be in Camp Hill cemetery. Rev. W. R. Seeley will officiate.
Mrs. Thos. Hilchie
Mary Ellen Prest
Stewiacke, Aug. 1 — Mrs. Thomas Hilchie, a respected resident of Stewiacke, ( formerly of Mooseland), passed away last evening at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Alexander Dukeshire, at the age of 77 years. Deceased is survived in her immediate family by her husband, five sons and three daughters. The sons are — Bayne, of East Lexington, Mass.; Morris, of Halifax; Cumminger, of Middle Musquodoboit; John, of Mooseland, and Levi, of Stewiacke. The daughters are — Mrs. Edgar Hilchie, of St. John; Mrs. Milne, of Murchyville, and Mrs. Alexandra Dukeshire, of this town, and one sister, Mrs. Henry Prest, of Moose River.
The funeral service will be held at Mrs. Dukeshire’s residence, tomorrow ( Saturday) at 2 p.m. Interment will be at the Episcopal cemetery, Stewiacke.
Baker – Harpell
West Jeddore, Oct. 8 — West Jeddore Baptist Church was the scene of a beautiful wedding recently when Rev. Blois Crawford united in marriage Barbara Grace, eldest daughter of Fred Harpell, and John Judson baker, son of Ira Baker and the late Mrs. Baker.
The bride, who was given in marriage by her father, was charming in a floor-length gown of white satin with lace yoke fashioned with long sleeves coming to points over the wrists, having the full skirt caught up with lily-of-the-valley. Her headdress was a full length veil with halo of seed pearls. She carried a shower bouquet of red roses and white gladioli and wore a single strand of pearls with matching earrings.
Mrs. Anthony Slade was matron of honor and wore a blue taffeta gown with matching headdress and gloves and carried a bouquet of yellow roses. Miss Alice Wright was bridesmaid and wore pink nylon and lace with matching headdress and gloves and carried a bouquet of Johanna Hill roses.
Little Ann Elizabeth Crawford was flower girl and wore mauve and yellow and carried a basket of yellow roses. Mrs. Blois Crawford was the soloist and sang ” O Perfect Love” during the signing of the register. Miss Ramona Maskell was the organist.
The groom’s brother, Donald Baker, was best man, and the ushers were William Kent and Ralph Baker.
A reception was held at the home of Rev. and Mrs. Crawford. The bride’s table was centred with a traditional three-tier wedding cake.
Mr. and Mrs. Baker will reside in Halifax.
Reginald S. Hilchie
Stewiacke, July 13 — Reginald S. Hilchie, of this town, died in Halifax over the week-end shortly after he had been taken ill at his work in the Dartmouth dockyards. He was 39 years of age.
A resident of Clarence Park, Mr. Hilchie had moved there with his family in 1941, after residing here nearly all his life. He started his apprenticeship as a machinist with a local firm, Lewis Limited, where he was employed for many years before he was transferred to Clarke-Ruse Aircraft Company. Later he worked for the Dartmouth dockyards.
Surviving are, his widow, the former Margaret Leck, of Stewiacke, one daughter Nancy, his mother, Mrs. Jeanette Hilchie, two sisters, Mrs. Jordan ( Mavis) Weaver and June and one brother, Lorne, all of Stewiacke.
The remains are resting at the home of C. J. Leck, and the funeral service will be held Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock fromHoly Trinity Church. Interment will be in Pine Grove Cemetery.