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.
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April 15 1942
Mrs. Malinda E. Hilchey
Melinda Elizabeth Murphy
Pleasant Harbor, April 22.– There passed away Wednesday afternoon, April 15 at her residence Mrs. Malinda Elizabeth Hilchey at the advanced age of 89 years.
The deceased who was the widow of George Hilchey and a daughter of the late Edward and Eliza Murphy of Murphy Cove, lived her entire life in this community. She possessed a cheerful disposition and in her younger life was always ready to lend a helping hand wherever needed throughout the neighborhood.
Surviving to mourn her loss are six daughters, Mrs. Lottie Kilgar, Eastern Passage, Mrs. Annie Cooper, Tangier, ( Rhoda) Mrs. George Hunter, Moncton, N. B., ( Daisy) Mrs. William Purdy, Cobalt, ( Amy) Mrs. William Bonn, Chezzetcook, ( Nora) Mrs.Mrs. William Beaver, Woodside; three sons, Ervin, Easter Passage, William and Essen at home, Besides several grand, great and great great grandchildren also one brother, Allan Murphy, Murphy Cove.
The funeral took place from her home to St. Peters Church, of which the deceased was a life long member. Services were conducted by Rev. W. Chard.
Capt. Arthur G. Morris
Middle Musquodoboit, Mar. 1 — Captain Arthur Gladwin Morris, son of the late Dr. C. H. and Mrs. Morris of Middle Musquodoboit, passed away here Feb. 28 at the age 64 years. His seafaring life was begun when, in company with his friend, Charles M. Gladwin, he sailed with a captain from Maitland. He had several interesting adventures, one being the running of the blockade at Port Arthur during the Russian – Japanese war. He retired from the sea several years ago and was making his home in New York. Being in poor health he had come to spend the winter with his sister Mrs. Wilson in Musquodoboit.
He is survived by his wife in New York, by three sisters, Mrs. George Wilson, Middle Musquodoboit; Mrs. Austin Heather, Clarkleigh, Man.; Mrs. John Harrison, Southampton, Cumb. Co.; and by two brothers, Harry in Texas and Samuel in California.
Funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. G. Ball in United church, Middle Musquodoboit, 2 p.m. Friday.
Mrs. Martha Jackson
Martha Jane Pace
Mooseland, Halifax Co., May 6 — Funeral services were held here Sunday for Mrs. Martha Jackson, widow of Thomas Jackson. Mrs. Jackson was 77 years of age, and had been a resident of the place for nearly 60 years. She was a kind and gentle woman and will be missed by the entire community. Surviving are six sons and four daughters, Bruce, Wallace and Ronald of Mooseland, Braison of Ellershouse; Clarence and Earl of British Columbia; Winnie, R.N. of New York city; Bernice and Della, Boston, Mass., and Alma, Mexico. Internment was in the rose garden attached to the Jackson homestead by special request of the deceased.
Cameron — In Loving Memory of my dear father, Eldon Cameron.
We often sit and think of him,
When we are all alone,
For memory is the only friend,
That grief can call its own,
Like ivy on the withered oak,
When all other things decay,
Our love for him will still keep green,
And never fade away.
Inserted by daughter, Myrna, son-in-law Guy and Grandson Max.
April 17 1941
Veteran Mail Carrier Dies
The numerous friends of Isaac Prest, Mooseland, were saddened to learn of his death which occurred recently.
Mr. Prest, who was 53 years old, was born at Mooseland and for more than 30 years was employed as mail carrier to Tangier.
He is survived by three sisters, Mrs. Eldon ( Stella0 Cameron, Mooseland; Mrs. Suther ( Ida) Higgins, Moose River, and Mrs. Silver ( Etta) Currie, Ellershouse, and Five brothers, Burris, Arlington, Mass.; Archibald, Mahone Bay; Melvin, Upper Stewiacke, and Ernest and Boyd, Mooseland. The funeral was held with a large attendance. Rev. A. Sheppard conducting the service. The pall-bearers were Guy White, Bruce Jackson, David Bradley and Roy Taylor. A large collection of floral offerings indicated the esteem in which Mr. Prest was held.
Gertrude May Prest
The death occurred at the Victoria General Hospital yesterday of Gertrude Higgins, aged 55 years, wife of Samuel Higgins, Newcomb’s Corner, Middle Musquodoboit. The deceased was well known in the Musquodoboit Valley and also in Dartmouth where several relatives reside. She had been ailing for the past six months but was only removed to hospital ten days ago, her condition being such as to give cause for anxiety. Her death was quite unexpected altho it was realized that she was seriously ill, having undergone an operation. There seemed to be an improvement in her condition on Thursday but yesterday there was a change for the worse and death came peacefully yesterday afternoon. Besides a husband there survives one son, Harold, at home, and two daughters, Marjorie, at home, and Elvie, wife of Mr. Prest, of Montreal. Mrs. Prest returned from Montreal yesterday but not in time to see her mother before she died. Reuben Prest, Moosleand, is a brother, and Mrs. Nelson Jackson, Charles street, Halifax, is a sister. Mrs. Mary Wright, Hester street, North Dartmouth is a sister-in-law. The funeral will be held on Sunday at Musquodoboit.
February 3 1928
Mrs. George W. Wolfe
Sarah C. Prest
It was with deep regret that friends in Dartmouth learned today of the death at her home, 24 Maple street, Lexington, Mass., of Mrs. George W. Wolfe, for many years a well known and highly esteemed resident of this town. Several years ago the family removed to the United States, and since then it was with genuine pleasure that old friends welcomed the return of Mr. and Mrs. Wolfe on a visit to Dartmouth.
Mrs. Wolfe, who was in her seventy-sixth year, became seriously ill on Wednesday, and passed peacefully away on February third. Had she remained in her usual health and had been spared to the sixth, she had anticipated celebrating with Mr. Wolfe the forty-fourth anniversary of their wedding.
While residing in Dartmouth Mrs. Wolfe endeared herself to many through her kindly hospitality and participation in every good work. As a member of Grace Church she was an indefatigable worker in the Ladie’s Aid and W. M. S. Auxiliary. She was an active member of the W. C. T. U. and an enthusiastic worker in the Daughters of Rebekah.
The sympathy of many friends is with those bereft by her sudden passing. She is survived by her life partner, George W. Wolfe, who was for a number of years foreman carpenter at the Dockyard; her son Gordon, an architect and well known athlete; and her daughter Mabel, now a nurse, but formerly a member of the staff of the Dartmouth Ferry Service.
Mrs. William L. Miller
Annapolis Royal, Dec. 11 — The funeral of Mrs. Amanda ( Oicle) Miller, who passed away at her home at L’Equille on Friday afternoon, after a long illness, took place yesterday afternoon, with Rev. T. E. McLennan officiating at the service at the house and interment at Woodlawn Cemetery.
Mrs. Miller came to Annapolis Royal about fifty years ago and resided in town for a number of years before settling at L’Equille. Her husband William Lyle Miller, passed away in November 1926, and she is survived by five daughters, Mrs. Edward H. Barnstead and Mrs. I. T. Comeau, of Halifax; Mrs. Gilbert Moore, of Clementsport; Mrs. Harley Venoit, of L’Equille, and Miss Hattie Miller, of the staff of A. E. Runciman’s, Annapolis Royal, and four grand-children.
Mrs. Margaret Ann Higgins
Margaret Ann Cameron
There passed away at her residence, 76 Liverpool Street on May 13, Margaret Ann, wife of the late Alexander Russell Higgins, whose death occurred on February 23 last. Mrs. Higgins, who was at the time of her passing 87 years of age was at the time of her husband’s death, herself critically ill, and little hope was then entertained for her recovery. Steadily she grew weaker, and for a considerable time it has been recognized that she could not recover. Death came tranquilly at last, and as serenely as entering on natural slumber the gentle old lady entered on the sleep that knows no waking. Mrs. Higgins was Margaret Ann Cameron, and was a daughter of the late James and Elizabeth Cameron, being born at Spry Bay on January 24, 1844. She was twice married, her first husband, William Prest, having died in 1865. She leaves to mourn a loss in which they will have the sympathy of all who know them, two daughters and three sons — Laura, ( Mrs. Lewis Sulton), of Upper Stewiacke, who came to the city for her mother’s funeral; Amy, ( Mrs. W. S. Collins), 76 Liverpool Street, with whom she made her home; Herbert, of Philadelphia; Ira, 426 Chebucto Road and Captain Ernest Higgins, U. S. A., now stationed in Hawaii.
By her first marriage there was a daughter who, however, died years ago. Beside the children named there also survive 15 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
For the entire family group doubly and grievously bereaved in but a little over two months, deep sympathy will be felt.
The funeral will take place at four o’clock this afternoon from 76 Liverpool Street, and interment will be in Camp Hill Cemetery.
Alexander Russell Higgins
There passed away last evening at his home, 76 Liverpool street, Alexander Russell Higgins, in the eighty-fifth year of his age – news which will in spite of his advanced age be received with great surprise, since it followed a very brief illness, and up to the time of that illness, a little over a week ago, Mr. Higgins had enjoyed practically perfect health – remarkable health and vigor for a man so long passed the allotted three score and ten.
Eight or ten days ago he contracted a cold which speedily developed into the widely prevalent influenza, involving the heart seriously and it speedily became evident that he could not recover.
Mr. Higgins was born in November, 1854, in Musquodoboit and was the son of the late John and Ruth Higgins. He had spent practically his whole life in Halifax and its neighbohood, and was for many years, seventeen and a half, in the employ of the London Life Insurance Company, retiring some ten years ago, being then seventy-five years old. In his business capacity he had an extended acquaintance, and both in that capacity and personally, he enjoyed general esteem.
There survive him and his wife, who was Mrs. Margaret Ann Prest, two daughters, Mrs. Lewis Fulton, of Glen Bervie, Upper Stewiacke, and Mrs. W. S. Collins, with whom he and Mrs. Higgins have made their home; and three sons, Herbert, resident in Philadelphia; Ira, living at 126 Chebucto road, Halifax; and Captain Ernest A. Higgins of the U. S. Army, and now stationed at Georgia. For the entire family group in a sorrowful loss much sympathy will be felt.
Mr. Higgins was a valued member of the congregation of St. John’s ( United) Church and news of his passing will be received there with a special sense of loss.
The hour and day for the funeral will be duly announced.
September 26 1925
Ethel De Freytas
The funeral of Miss Ethel De Freytas, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F. E. DeFreytas took place from the home of her parents, 18 Moran street, Tuesday, September 29th, servces beng held at St. Patrick’s church where requiem mass was celebrated by Rev. Father LeBlanc after which interment took place at Mount Olivet Cemetery.
Miss DeFreytas’ sweet disposition and loveable ways endeared her to all that knew her. She was a pianist of excellent promise through which she had gained much popularty. The many suprtual bouquets and numerous mass cards, and memorial cards bore silent testimony of the high esteem in which she was held. Besides her parents she leaves two brothers, Jack and Charlie, and three sisters, Grace May and Dorothea, grandparents and relatives, to all of whom deepest sympathy goes out from her numerous friends.
September 29 1947
Charles P. DeFreytas
The death occurred yesterday afternoon at the Victoria General Hospital of Charles P. DeFreytas, 84 Bayers Road, after a lengthy illness.
A former employee of the Halifax post office, Mr. DeFreytas had been a member of St. Patrick’s Choir for some years. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. F. E. DeFreytas, 41 Carleton Street.
He is survived by his wife, the former Claudine Connors, R. N., of Moncton; one son, Francis Edward; two daughters, Claudine Eleanor and Nancy Angela; one brother, John F., Brooklyn, N. Y.; three sisters, Grace ( Mrs. Charles W. Kidd), Brooklyn, N. Y.; Mrs. Mary Citulsky, 8 Albert Place, and Mrs. Dorothy Foster, 41 Carleton Street.
Funeral services will be held at St. Thomas Aquinas Church at 9 o’clock Mass Thursday morning.
Interment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery.
March 1 1937
Mrs. I. T. Comeau
Bessie Buena Miller
Annapolis Royal, March 6 — There passed away on Monday evening last, at her home in Yarmouth, Mrs. Israel T. Comeau, 45, a former native of Lequille, Annapolis County. Born in that community, Bessie Buena Miller, second daughter of the late William and Amanda ( Oickle) Miller, she spent her early life here until her marriage to Mr. Comeau, an employees of the D. A. R., and moved to Halifax, where she resided until last September. Not being in good health at that time, she went to Boston for treatment, which proved unavailing; she returned to Yarmouth, where the family has since resided. She was tenderly taken care of by her sister, Mrs. G. T. Moore of Clementsport. Mrs. Comeau is survived by her husband, one son, Beverley, age 16, both of whom attended the funeral here; and three sisters, Mrs. G. T. Moore, Mrs. Harland Veinot and Miss Hattie Miller of Lequille. Her oldest sister Eva, Mrs. Barnstead, predeceased her by two years. The remains were brought here on Thursday by the noon train, the funeral service held at her old home, conducted by the Rev. T. E. McLennan, was held the same afternoon. The pall-bearers were: Messrs. Barteaux, Murray Carr, James Ritchie and George Robertson. Interment was in Woodlawn cemetery.
Hattie Ethel Sanford
Sanford — The funeral of the late Mrs. Hattie Ethel Sanford will be held Friday, May 21, at 2 p.m. from Saint Thomas Church, Mooseland, Halifax County. Interment in Mooseland Cemetery.
February 13 1905
Mrs. Matilda Prest
Matilda Ann Hilchey
Death of Mrs. Prest
The death occurred very suddenly of Mrs. Matilda Prest, widow of the late Martin B. Prest, of Arlington, Halifax Co., on Feb. 13th. Mrs. Prest retired to rest in about her usual health, complaining of a little shortness of breath. A little while after she retired she asked to have a light and called her children around her and said, ” I am going to leave you, God bless you all,” and then died. It was very sad indeed for the two daughters and one son, who were at home. She was greatly beloved by her children and relatives and everybody that knew her, she being so very kindhearted and affectionate.
She leaves four children to mourn the loss of a kind and loving mother, Addington, Laurie and Ella at home, and Sidney, photographer at Morden, Manitoba.
She was born at Spry Harbor and was in the sixty-fourth year of her age. — Com.
Mrs. E. H. Barnstead
Annapolis Royal, July 14 — Miss Hattie Miller of Lequille, received the sad news yesterday that her sister, Mrs. Edward H. Barnstead of Halifax had passed away very suddenly. She was on a motor trip in the east of the Province with her husband and little daughter, and was taken ill with pneumonia. She was removed to St. Martha’s hospital at Antigonish, on Tuesday, where she passed away the following night. Her remains were brought to Annapolis Royal by last night’s train, and the funeral will be held from her home at 2.30 this afternoon, with interment in the Miller lot at Woodlawn cemetery. Mrs. Barnstead was the oldest daughter of the late William and Mrs. Miller of Lequille and was highly esteemed by all who knew her. Besides her husband and little daughter of eight years, she leaves four sisters, Miss Hattie at home, Mrs. Gilbert Moore of Clementsport, Mrs. L. T. Comeau of Halifax, and Mrs. Harland Veinot of Lequille. Sincere sympathy is extended to the family. Mrs. Barnstead was 45 years of age.