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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.

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.

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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Emmanuel Josey – Ellen Elizabeth Hilchey


Celebrated Their 66th Wedding Anniversary

Friday, January 15, at their home at Spry Bay, Mr. and Mrs. Emmanuel Josey celebrated the sixty sixth anniversary of their wedding. They were the recipients of many messages of congratulations from members of their family and friends. They were married at Pope’s Harbor, January 15, 1866.

Born at Spry Harbor, Mr. Josey was a son of James and Sarah Josey of that place. He reached the grand old age of ninety-one years on October 19, 1931. Mrs. Josey was Ellen Elizabeth Hilchey, daughter of Jacob and Lydia Hilchey, of Pope’s Harbor. Mrs. Josey is eighty-six years of age. Of their fourteen children ten still survive. They are: Johnathan, on the homestead, with whom Mr. and Mrs. Josey reside; Jacob, also of Spry Bay; Leander, of Sheet Harbor, N. S.; William, of Auburne, Maine; Walter, of Denver, Colorado;Mrs. Samuel Hatfield and Earnest of San Francisco; Mrs. Hardy Nason, of Fredericton, N. B.; Mrs. Andrew Himmelman, of LaHave, N. S.; and Albert, of Musquodoboit Harbor. Beside the children there are also forty-eight grandchildren and fifty great-grandchildren.

Mr. and Mrs. Josey have lived all their married life at Spry Bay, where they are held in highest esteem by young and old.They have always been especially well liked by the young as they have kept young in spirit. Both have all their faculties and their memory is very keen. They have been devout member of St. James Anglican Church, Spry Bay, since their first arrival here, and are still to be seen in their accustomed places when not prevented by ill-health. All who know them join in wishing them many more happy seasons together.



International Peace Garden 1932

This garden, located on the Canadian-United States Boundary between Manitoba and North Dakota, is 2,400 acres in extent. It was established as a memorial to the friendship of the two countries and dedicated on July 14, 1932. The first of its kind in the world, it has received the approval of all peace-loving nations and by reason of its example is destined to become the most famous of all gardens.


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King George and Queen Bess

Halifax Royal Tour

Halifax City provided one of the real highlights in a grand and glorious farewell to Their Majesties. Well Done, Halifax!

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation did a splendid job in portraying the Royal tour all across Canada, and the Canadian Press is also deserving of compliment. There has never been anything better to date by both press and radio, but it was an event which called for the best.

One may recall the enthusiasm at Ottawa and Toronto, the great crowds in Montreal, and the clamor of the cities of the West, but it is difficult to pronounce whether anything in Canada happened in quite the way those people of Halifax gave a farewell on Thursday. To hear that mass cheering simply stirred emotional depths of all listeners in. For the bailiwick of Senator Dennis of The Halifax Herald we will herewith say, that Halifax people do know how to cheer. Their pent-up feelings were far better than Toronto could ever show, the ultra-loyal Queen City of the Dominion. Perhaps we are unfair in these remarks, but Halifax people did Canada proud in the lovely gesture of the people in farewell salute to the King and Queen of Canada, the United Kingdom and other Dominions beyond the seas.

There is one thing of which the world may be assured. The people of Canada love their King and Queen. There has become a personal attachment to the Throne, never known in centuries past. The goodness of Queen Bess, the rectitude of King George, have simply appealed to every Canadian heart and mind. We have no costermongers in this land, but if we had, their hats would be raised in salute to the gracious, loving and much beloved couple who have just paid the honor of a visit to the Dominion of Canada.


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Mrs. Clyde C. Hartlen ( Verna A. Cameron) daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. F. Cameron, of Halifax, whose marriage took place in Brockton, Mass. Mr. and Mrs. Hartlen will make their home in Hollis, Long Island. Many and cordial will be the felicitations from Halifax friends.


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Hartlen – Cameron

A quiet but pretty wedding was solemnized at the home of Dr. and Mrs. Walter E. Caswell, when their niece, Verna A. Cameron, Halifax, was united in marriage to Clyde C. Hartlen, of Jamaica, New York. Rev. Robert Wood Coe, pastor of the South Congregational Church, officiated. The couple was unattended, a single ring service being used. The marriage took place Saturday, November 23, at 4 o’clock, before the open fire in the living room of the Caswell home. The twilight hour was further enhanced with candle light. Yellow chrysanthemums were used throughout the lower rooms. Following the ceremony a reception was held, ices and caked being served. The bride looked lovely in a gown of beige satin crepe, a French model of Patou, and carried Talisman roses. Her travelling costume was a green suede cloth ensemble, the coat with biege fur trimming and accessories to match. Both bride and groom were very popular in Halifax and received many lovely gifts including silver, china, linen and gold. Following a short honeymoon the couple will make their home in Hollis, Long Island, N. Y.. Mr. Hartlen is connected with the Manhattan Bank of New York City and previous to July held a similar position in the Bank of Nova Scotia, Halifax, Nova Scotia.


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Adams – Osborne

The wedding took place at St. Mark’s Church Tuesday evening at 7.30 when the Rev. Mr. Clarkson united in the holy bonds of matrimony Doris Irene, daughter of Mr. Osborne, of Montreal, formerly of Halifax, and Williams Adams Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Williams Arams, of this city.

The bride looked very attractive in her wedding gown of powder blue georgette with hat and shoes to match and carried a bouquet of carnations. Miss Osborne entered the church on the arm of her brother to the strains of Mendelssohn’s Wedding March, played by Miss Laura Lye, a friend of the bride.

After the ceremony a reception was held ot the groom’s home, Moran street, where a large number gathered to wish Mr. and Mrs. Adams much joy and happiness. The collection of wedding gifts was large and beautiful, testifying to the popularity of the newly married couple.


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I Loved You Better Than You Knew

Vintage Poem Newspaper Clipping

The highest type of sportsmanship is the theme of this song. Such a renunciation in such a spirit implies a quality of character that deserves a better destiny.

Our hands are clasp’d, the last forever,

Perhaps we’ll never meet again;

I loved you as I could none other;

This parting fills my heart with pain;

You ask, and freely I forgive you.

The happy past I must forget,

And though I wander on in sorrow,

I hope that you’ll be happy yet.


As through this weary world I wander,

My thoughts alone will be of you,

In memory I will see you ever;

I loved you better than you knew.

Perhaps when I have gone forever,

You’ll sometimes sit and think of me,

And wonder if I’m dead or living;

Perchance I’ll think the same of thee;

And, when your friends have all departed,

The friends you tho’t were tried and true,

Remember one you left heart-broken

Had loved you better than you knew.


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Drysdale 1949

Drysdale — Mr. and Mrs. Walter W. Drysdale ( nee Jessie M. Ross) of Herring Cove, at Halifax Infirmary on March 15th, a daughter, Marilyn Phyllis, weight 8 pounds, 15 ounces.

Drysdale — Born to Mr. and Mrs. Walter W. Drysdale ( Jessie Ross), Herring Cove, at the Grace Maternity Hospital, on March 19, a son, David Ross. Weight 8 pounds, 8 ounces.


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February 19 1927

McDonald – McGill

Relatives and friends of two well known young people assembled at the Church of St. Rose of Lima, Windsor Junction on Saturday morning, when Francis B. McDonald, of Halifax, formerly of Waverley and a popular clerk of the C. N. R. staff, Dartmouth, was united in marriage to Annie Frances McGill, granddaughter of Sara McGuire, Windsor Junction who has been a successful teacher in that vicinity. The bride, carrying a white Prayer Book was attired in grey crepe de chene with powder blue trimmings and with hat and accessories in keeping. The bridesmaid, Miss Theresa McDonald, wore a dress of ruby colored crepe back satin with hat of grey and accessories to match. The groomsman was H. Carroll, of Waverley. The groom’s gift to the bride was a cheque, to the groomsman a pair of gold cuff links and to the bridesmaid an onyx ring. After the ceremony which was performed by the Rev. Father Sweet, of Enfield, the happy couple left on a wedding trip which will include Boston, New York and other American cities. On their return Mr. and Mrs. McDonald will take up their residence in Dartmouth.