Oct 222016

These are photographs taken of the newspaper clippings found in Laurena Alice Kent nee Prest’s scrapbooks. There are many wedding, birth, death notices, obits, obituaries, 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, Chebucto, Windsor Junction, Ostrea Lake 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 or “wedding trip” 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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Lindsay J. Maskell

Lindsay J. Maskell, 85 Lawrence Street, died at his home Sunday. He was 58. A well known taxi driver in the city he was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Wellington Maskell.

Mr. Maskell served in World War 2 with the Canadian and U. S. merchant marine.

Besides his wife Mr. Maskell is survived by one son Lindsay Jr, at home and one sister Mrs. Ralph Harrison, Conn.

The service will be held at Cruikshanks Funeral Home on Tuesday at 2 p.m. with Rev. Ward MacLean officiating. Interment will be in Camp Hill cemetery.




Crawford – Dooks

Married Yesterday At St. Matthias

In the picture are seen Mr. and Mrs. Angus Kirby Crawford ( Hilda Dooks) following their wedding, with the little flower girl, Miss Helen Dooks, sister of the bride.



Crawford – Dooks

Rev. Edward Morris, Rector of St. Matthias Church, officiated at the marriage, at a quarter past two o’clock this afternoon, in St. Matthias Church, of two estimable and popular young people. Hilda Florence, daughter of Mrs. Ada and the late Willoughby Dooks, 231 North Street, and Angus Kirby, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Crawford, Lunenburg.

The church was thronged with friends to witness the tying of the nuptial knot, the organist and choir being in attendance, and the church being beautifully decorated, the choir and Chancel Guild having undertaken this work as a labor of affection. As the bridal party entered the hymn, ” The Voice that Breathed O’er Eden” was sung, the bride being given in marriage by her brother, Lester Dooks. She was a most charming young figure in a gown of beige georgette worn with model hat of the same color, her bouquet being a shower bouquet of Ophelia roses, sweet peas and snapdragon. Her sole attendant was her little sister, Miss Helen Dooks, the child being a bonnie figure in a frock of pale pink crepe de chine, worn with pink poke bonnet from which her sweet face emerged with a flowerlike freshness.

Immediately after the ceremony Mr. and Mrs. Crawford left for Lunenburg, where the honeymoon will be spent, and the best wishes of all who know them follow them thither. On their return to the city they will make their home at 21 Church street.

The collection of wedding gifts was a large one, including a chest of flat silver presented by the National Fish Comapny and the members of its office staff, the bride also having been tendered two showers by her associates of the staff, of which she was a highly valued member.



September 11 1943

Day – Baker

Jeddore, Sept. 27 — One of the season’s prettiest weddings took place at West Jeddore Baptist Church, recently, when Eva Maye Baker, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Baker, of West Jeddore, became the bride of Edwin William Day, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Day, of Head Jeddore. Rev. ? Drew, of Musquodoboit Harbor, performed the ceremony.

The church was beautifully decorated in pink and white with vases of cut flowers. The bridal group standing under an arch of white bells and pink roses.

The bride, who entered the church on the arm of her father, was attired in a floor length gown of white sheer over satin, with high neck line and long sleeves and a full length veil caught in halo effect with orange blossoms. Her only ornament being a gold locket, gift of the groom. Her bouquet was red roses and white gladioli. She was attended by her sister, Mrs. Iris Baker, as bridesmaid, who wore a floor length dress of heavenly blue with high neck line and long sleeves, a flowered hat to match and shoulder length veil and carried a bouquet of pink roses and baby’s breath.

Little Gladys May Gaetz, cousin of the bride, was flower girl, dressed in a floor length dress of blue taffeta with poke bonnet and carried a basket of flowers. Basil Tufts, of Halifax, friend of the groom and groomsman.

Mrs. Ross Blakeney, as organist played the wedding marches and was accompanist to the soloist, Mrs. John Maskill, sister of the bride, who during the signing of the register, sang ” God Will Take Care of You.”

The bride’s mother wore black silk with white accessories and a corsage of white roses. The groom’s mother, navy silk crepe with silver fox fur.

The ushers were John Kent, Gerald Dooks and Ralph Baker.

A reception was held immediately after at the home of the bride’s brother, Raymond Baker, where 200 guests were present. The decorations were in pink and white. Friends of the bride assisted in serving. The gift to the bridesmaid was a gold locket and also a gold locket to the flower girl, while the groomsman received a bill fold.

They were the recipients of many beautiful gifts. The bride received several showers of gifts previous to her marriage.

Mr. and Mrs. Day have the best wishes of many friends and will reside at Jeddore.



Tuesday April 20 1926

Beaver – Lawlor

Rev. L. J. Donaldson, Rector of Trinity church, officiated at the marriage at 7 p. m. Tuesday, at the residence of Captain and Mrs. Frank Walsh, 35 Maynard street, of Miss Alice May Lawlor, and Willis Douglas Beaver, both of Spry Bay, the bride who was given in marriage by Mrs. Walsh wearing a pretty gown of white silk crepe de chine, with veil and orange blossoms, and carrying instead of the conventional bouquet, a white Prayer Book, Percy Hubley a cousin of the groom, attended as groomsman.

Among those present to witness the ceremony were Mrs. Morris Beaver, a sister-in-law of the groom, and the members of her family, who came up from Purcell’s Cove.

Mr. and Mrs. Beaver, who have the best wishes of all who know them, will make their home in Halifax. A large collection of wedding gifts afforded tangible proof of regard.



Wednesday December 22 1915

McGregor – Blakeney

A wedding took place at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Gideon Blakeney, West Jeddore on Wednesday evening, December 22, when their youngest daughter, Laura, was married to Norman William McGregor, of Ostrea Lake.  Rev. Mr. Wallace, of the Methodist church, officiated. The bride, who entered the room on the arm of her father, looked charming in a gown of white lace over silk net with mauve trimmings. The groom’s present to the bride was a gold locket and chain. Many presents were received, testifying to the popularity of both bride and groom. The bride’s travelling suit was of African brown whip cord with black picture hat, and a coat of black plush with muff to match. Mr. and Mrs. McGregor left for their future home in Fort William, Ont., where Mr. McGregor was employed as train master.



Bonn – McLean

Shown above following their wedding in Saint Catherine’s Glebe are Mr. and Mrs. W. Bonn. Mrs. Bonn is the former Catherine McLean, daughter of Mrs. Allan MacDonald and the late Alexander McLean, Port Hood. Mr. Bonn is the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Alex Bonn, West Jeddore. The couple plan to reside in Halifax.



Monday August 27 1934

Cameron – Amirault

West Gore, Sept. 6 — The marriage of Fidelis Marie Amirault, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Amirault, Yarmouth and Dr. Laurence Cleveland Cameron, son of Edith and the late Richard F. Cameron, was quietly solemnized at Bridgewater on Monday August 27, by Rev. Father Devine.

The young couple were tendered a shower at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Beardsley, Bridgewater, by friends of the bride, before leaving for her home in Yarmouth, where the reception was held.

Following the reception Dr. and Mrs. Cameron left on a tour of the province, arriving at the home of the groom’s mother at West Gore on Friday evening. Here a shower was tendered them at the home of Mr. and Mrs. W. B. MacDougall.

The evening began with a number of bonfires, after which a corn-boil and marshmellow roast were enjoyed. Following this a “treasure hunt” was engaged in, which led the guests to a house where a gaily decorated basket filled with useful gifts of a great variety, was presented to the bridal couple.

Dr. Cameron graduated from Dalhousie dental college in 1932 and after taking a year’s post-graduate work in the Eastman clinic at Rochester, N. Y., returned to his home here where he opened a practise. Dr. Cameron has recently opened a practise in Lawrencetown, where he and Mrs. Cameron will reside.



September 7

Coles – Jackson

The marriage of Vera Lillian Jackson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Jackson, of Arlington, Mass., formerly of Halifax, to Howard Finlay Coles, of Tarrytown, N. Y., son of Mrs. Alice Coles, of Tarrytown, and the late Dr. Howard L. Coles, took place at 7 p.m., Sept. 7, in the Congregation Church, Arlington, Mass. Rev. E. A. Morris performed the ceremony.

The bride, who looked lovely in her wedding gown of ivory georgette with the conventional veil fastened with a head band of pearls, and carrying a shower bouquet of cream roses and lily of the valley, was given in marriage by her father, and was attended by her sister, Miss Eileen Jackson, as maid of honor, who was becomingly attired in green chiffon, and Miss Charlotte Coles, sister of the groom, attired in egg-shell chiffon, was the bridesmaid.

Mr. Norman Bellous, of Tarrytown, was best man. Lorne Jackson, brother of the bride, and Herbert Blinn, of Stoneham, were ushers.

Mr. Buett presided at the organ. The church was prettily decorated with palms, asters and gladioli. After the ceremony a reception was held at the bride’s home, 127 Washington Street, Arlington. The reception rooms were tastefully decorated with orchid and yellow flowers. A large number of guests attended, including many from Tarrytown and New York.

The bride’s table was presided over by Mrs. John Golden, of Arlington, and Mrs. Herbert Blinn, of Stoneham’s, and Miss Marie McIntosh, of Newton. Miss Betty Blinm, a dainty little miss in orchid organdie, did duty at the door. The collection of wedding gifts was a large and valuable one.

After the reception Mr. and Mrs. Coles left on a two week’s motor trip to Canada, on their return they will reside in Tarrytown, N. Y.



June 18

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 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.



Monday August 17 1931

Edwards – Young

Monday evening at 7 o’clock, one of the prettiest weddings of the season took place at Saint Mark’s Rectory, when the Rev. J. Furlong united in marriage Ada Elizabeth, daughter of Catherine and the late Jas. O. Young to Armitage D. Edwards, son of the Rev. D. and Mrs. Edwards, of Guysboro. The bride, who was given in marriage by her brother, looked very lovely in a gown of jasmine silk net, trimmed with egg-shell lace, worn over heavy jasmine satin. Her slippers and hat were in keeping. She carried a shower bouquet of Purnett and Enrapture roses, mingled with lily of the valley.

After the ceremony a dinner was served at the Lord Nelson Hotel for the immediate relatives and friends, and well wishers calling to extend felicitations. The room was tastefully decorated, the color scheme being white with a touch of jasmine, the table decoration being of gladioli.

Immediately following the reception, the bride and groom left by auto for a wedding trip, which will include Montreal and the United States. They will stay in Cape Breton for a short period and will take up residence in Halifax in the fall.

The bride’s going away costume was of floral reindeer brown, with accessories to match. An unusually large number of gifts, including silver, cut glass and linens, testified to the popularity of the couple. Mr. Edwards is superintendent of right-of-way for the Maritime Telephone and Telegraph Company. The bride was a member of the staff of the Imperial Oil Company Limited, and was presented on her leave taking with a tray of flat silver. Several showers and bridges were given in her honor. Both Mr. and Mrs. Edwards have the best wishes of their many friends in Halifax and throughout the Maritime provinces.



August 31 1916

Hilchie – Lawlor

A very pretty wedding was solemnized at 8 o’clock at the residence of Captain and Mrs. Kent, 11 Moran Street, the principals being Stanley Bertram Hilchie of the 219th Battalion, formerly of Pope’s Harbor and a nephew of Captain Kent’s and Miss Loretta Lawlor of Spry Bay. The bride looked very charming in a gown of white silk, wearing the conventional veil and orange blossoms and carrying a beautiful bouquet of sweet peas and maiden hair fern. Both bride and groom were unattended. Rev. L. J. Donaldson officiated. A dainty supper was served following the ceremony. Mr. and Mrs. Hilchie will reside in Kentville, until the Brigade goes overseas, when Mrs. Hilchie will go to her home in Spry Bay. The groom’s gift to the bride was a gold watch and chain.