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.
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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William Lyle Miller
Wm. L. Miller
Annapolis Royal, Dec. 2 — The death occurred at his residence on the Cape Road, Annapolis Royal, on Tuesday, of William Lyle Miller, son of the late Weston Miller, at the age of 60 years, after a lingering illness. Deceased was born in Upper Clements, and married Amanda Oickle, removing to Annapolis Royal about forty-five years ago. Mr. Miller leaves a wife, five daughters, Mrs. Edward. H. Barnstead of Halifax; Mrs. I. T. Comeau, Halifax; Mrs. Gilbert Moore, Providence, R. I., Mrs. Harley Veinot, Annapolis Royal and Miss Hattie at home, two sisters, Mrs. William Hazelwood, of Berwick and Mrs. John Roberts of New York and two brothers, Edward and Seymour of Philadelphia.
The funeral will be held this afternoon with interment at Woodlawn Cemetery. The service at the house will be conducted by Rev. E. A. Kirker, and at the grave by the Oddfellows, of which fraternity the deceased was a member. The service here will be taken by Rev. E. A. Kirker, ( Chaplain), Dr. A. B. Crowe, ( Noble Grand) while the pall bearers will be Horace Munroe, Douglas Wear, John Woodland and John Millet.
March 1 1937
Mrs. I. T. Comeau
Bessie Buena Miller
Reference in The Spectator last week to the death of Mrs. Israel T. Comeau ( Bessie Buena Miller)) was too early to include mention of the funeral service Thursday afternoon which was conducted by Rev. T. E. McLennan, Pastor of the United Church in Annapolis Royal, at the home of her sister, Mrs. Harland Veinot, Cape Road, and burial in the Woodlawn Cemetery. Besides the hymn, ” Lift Up Mine Eyes Unto the Hills,” a beautiful vocal solo was rendered by Pat Vance: ” The Old Rugged Cross,” a favorite hymn of the deceased. The funeral took place where Mrs. Comeau had spent her early life having been born there 46 years ago, and was attended by old and loving friends. She was the second daughter of the late William and Amanda ( Oickle) Miller and after her marriage moved to Halifax where Mr. Comeau, a marine engineer was employed. During her residence in Halifax she was a member of the J Wesley Smith Memorial United Church in that city and very active in church work to which she will be much missed. Not being in good health last September, she went to Boston for treatment, but never fully recovered and returned to Yarmouth, where the family has since resided and where she was tenderly cared for by her sister, Mrs. G. T. Moore of Clementsport. Besides Mrs. Moore, she leaves two other sisters, Mrs. Veinot and Miss Hattie Miller, all popular ladies of this community who have every sympathy in their bereavement. Another sister: Eva ( Mrs. Barnstead) died about two years ago. She is survived by her husband and one son, Beverley, now about 16 years old. The bearers at the funeral were: Frank Batteaux, Murray Carr, James Ritchie and Geo. H. Robertson. The passing of Mrs. Comeau makes another sad break in the friendships of the advancing generation of this cuntryside and the cheerful remembrances of her girlhood will not soon be forgotten.
Middle Musquodoboit, Nov. 1 — Word was received Saturday that Samuel Hanna had passed away in Vancouver, at the home of his son Frank, on Saturday, at the age of seventy-eight years. He has been a life long resident of this place with the exception of the last eight years, having spent a part of the time in the west with his sons, going there the last time about six months ago.
He was highly respected and filled an important part in the life of the community. In his earlier days he followed house carpenter work and painting as an occupation. About 30 years ago he received the appointment of Postmaster which office he efficently held for over twenty years.
He is survived by three sons — Frank in Vancouver, William in Edmonton, Hugh in Sask., and two daughters, Norma ( Mrs. ( Dr.) W. Davis) Berwick; and Grace. ( Mrs. Ira McFetridge) of this place. Mrs. Hanna predeceased him about ten years ago.
Jonathan R. Hilchie
Mooseland, Oct 27 — There passed away in Mooseland recently after a lingering illness, Jonathan R., son of the late Thomas and Mary Ellen Hilchie. The late Mr. Hilchie was 77 years of age and was a life-long and respected resident of Mooseland. He will be greatly missed by his many friends and acquaintances.
He was a carpenter by trade and also fulfilled the duties of Justice of the Peace for the district.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret E., and one son, Carl; five grandchildren; two brothers; bayne of Halifax and Cummenger of Middle Musquodoboit, and two sisters; Vella ( Mrs. Elmer Milne) of Middle Musquodoboit, and Charlotte ( Mrs. Edgar Hilchie) of Stewiacke.
The funeral was held at Mooseland with service at St. Thomas’ Church, conducted by the Rev. G. S. Tanton, rector of the parish.
The pallbearers were Guy White, Roy White, Lee White, Ralph Cameron, Ernest Prest and Glen Prest.
Interment was in Mooseland cemetery.
Mrs. Arthur Doyle
Jeddore, Sept. 20 — The sudden death of Elvie, wife of Arthur Doyle, occurred at her home, West Jeddore, Monday morning. Retiring Sunday evening in her usual health, she was stricken about 3 a.m., passing away almost immediately. She was 42 years of age.
She leaves to mourn, her husband, and six sons: Ernest, Seldon, Basil, George, Wayne, and Eugene, all at home, except Basil, who is at Labrador.
She was the daughter of Joseph Myers and the late Bessie Myers of Head Jeddore. Surviving also are five sisters; ( Treassa) Mrs. W. A. power, East Jeddore; ( Ella) Mrs. S. Mosher, Ostrea Lake; ( Elsie) Mrs. Jerry Faulkner, Lower West Jeddore; ( Hazel) Mrs. Roy Bowser, Ostrea Lake; ( Avis) Mrs. Cyril Day, ( Mabel) Mrs. J. Manuel, Tantallon. Two brothers, Walter, at Labrador, and Ogle, in the U.S.A., and one uncle, Wallace Myers, Lantz Siding, whom she visited the day previous to her death.
She was a member of the Anglican Church at Head Jeddore where interment will be made.
Mrs. John G. Maskell
May 15 1939
A large circle of friends in the city will regret to learn of the death of Mrs. Prudence Maskell, wife of John G. Maskell, 63 Willow Street, which occurred this morning. Mrs. Maskell, who was 76 years of age, had been ill only a fortnight. and previous to that time had been extremely active.
She was the former Prudence Hopkins, born in East Jeddore, where she spent her girlhood. After her marriage she lived for many years in West Jeddore, and had been a resident of Halifax for the last 33 years.
Besides her husband she is survived by three sons, Guy G., of Melrose Highlands, Mass., Frank, Brooklyn, New York, and Jack, of 152 Willow Street, Halifax, and three daughters, Viola, Mrs. A. W. Warren, Torrington, Conn.; Eva, Mrs. E. J. Steer, of Waterbury, Conn.; and Muriel, teacher at Bloomfield School. Mrs. Maskell was an active member of the West End Baptist Church, and a member of the Women’s Society.
The funeral will be held Wednesday afternoon with service at the home at 2.30 o’clock ( Daylight Saving Time). The body will then go forward to West Jeddore, where a committal service will be held in the Baptist church there. Rev. Gordon S. Vincent will officiate at the service in Halifax and Rev. J. J. Sidey at West Jeddore.
Captain Frank Baker
Former Light Keeper Passes
Death removed a well known figure in Nova Scotia’s coastal shipping trade in the person of Captain Frank Baker, West Jeddore, who died in the Halifax Infirmary yesterday. He was 53.
Son of Mrs. Laura Baker and the late Captain George L. Baker, Captain Baker was formerly lighthouse keeper at Jeddore Rock. He resigned from the position last June because of ill health. Prior to keeping the light, he was master of several vessels engaged in coastal trade.
Surviving are his mother, his wife, formerly Miss Blanche Kent; two brothers and four sisters: Fulton Baker, West Jeddore; Gordon Baker, Timberlea; Mrs. Harris Morash and Mrs. Clyde Morash, West Dover; Mrs. Lloyd Morash and Mrs. Fred Clark, both residing in the United States.
Capt. Frank Baker
West Jeddore, Dec. 4 — The funeral of the late Captain Frank Baker took place on Friday afternoon at West Jeddore. Following a short service at the house the remains were taken to the Baptist Church where service was conducted by Rev. George Hamilton, pastor of the Dartmouth Baptist Church.
Hymns sung, which were the favorites of the deceased, were: ” Safe In The Arms Of Jesus.” ” There Shall Be Showers Of Blessings”, ” Alas! And Did My Saviour Bleed?”, and ” There is a Fountain Filled With Blood”. ” God be With You Till We Meet Again”, was sung at the graveside.
Despite the inclement weather a large congregation attended the service showing the respect and esteem in which the deceased was held. He was laid to rest in the cemetery on the hillside overlooking the sea over which he sailed so many times to his home port.
Florence M. Kent
Kent — The death occurred Sunday, April 20th, at her home, West Jeddore, of Mrs. Florence M. Kent, age 78. Funeral will be held from her home Tuesday, April 22nd, at 2 p.m.
Mary Jane Glawson
Glawson — The death occurred Sunday, Dec. 19th at Canning N. S., of Mary Jane Glawson, age 76 of Tangier, N. S. She leaves to mourn her loss one daughter, Mrs. George J. Hilchey of Canning and two grandchildren. Interment at Tangier.
April 21 1947
Mrs. Florence Kent
West Jeddore, April 25 — The death occurred April 20th, of Mrs. Florence Kent, in her 79th year. She was a widow of the late Harrison Kent, who predeceased her 23 years ago. She had been ill at her home here for the past five weeks, under the care of Dr. N. Morrison of Musquodoboit Harbor, and attended by Mrs. Marjorie Nauffis, R. N., who remained with her until the end.
She was the former Miss Florence Roome, daughter of the late George N. Roome, of Dartmouth. Following her marriage to the late H. Kent, they lived at Miscou Island, N. B. In 1906 they moved to Jeddore where they made their home.
She leaves to mourn their loss three sons, George, and John of West Jeddore; Samuel of Ostrea Lake; three daughters, Mrs. harry Colbert ( Florence), Musquodoboit Harbour; Mrs. Douglas Baker ( Iva), and Mrs. Frank Baker ( Blanche) of West jeddore, and seven grandchildren. One half-sister, Mrs. W. T. Smith ( Carrie), Dartmouth; and two half-brothers, Capt. Roome, Dartmouth, and Reginald Roome, Bedford, also survive. One half-brother, Walter, was killed in the Halifax Explosion.
The funeral was conducted on April 22. Following a short service at the house, the remains were taken to Pleasant Point where service was conducted at the United Church by Rev. F. C. Burnett, assisted by Rev. Karl Drew ( United), and Rev. J. DeWolfe ( Anglican).
Pall-bearers were Ezra Harpell, Vincent Baker, Walter Blakeney, and Gerald Dooks. The many beautiful floral tributes testified to the esteem in which Mrs. Kent was held. She was laid to rest beside her husband in the cemetry at Pleasant Point.
Miss Bessie Kent
Word was received by Mrs. Florence M. Kent, of the death of her sister-in-law, Miss Bessie Kent, formerly of Pleasant Point, Halifax County. She died July 2nd at Roxbury, Mass., after an illness of one week. She had resided there for a number of years. She leaves a brother Samuel Kent, of Halifax; Arthur of San Diego, Calif., Alfred and Albert in the United States, and a brother Archibald Kent, at Pleasant Point. The funeral and burial services took place at Roxbury.
Jeddore, October 30. — Harry Kent, of West Jeddore, who took suddenly ill Monday morning, died this morning at his home at West Side. He leaves a wife and three sons — George, Samuel and John; three daughters, Florence, Blanche and Iva. Funeral arrangements will be made later. Deceased was about 55 years of age.
Mellish – Cameron
Married At West Gore
Dr. and Mrs. Harold Mellish
whose marriage took place on Wednesday at the home of the bride’s mother, Mrs. Richard F. Cameron, at West Gore. Before marriage Mrs. Mellish was Miss Ethel Ada Cameron. The groom is a graduate of Prince of Wales college, Charlottetown, Acadia university and the Dalhousie medical school. He is practising his profession at Hunter River, P. E. Island.
August 9 1939
Ritcey – Gough
One of the prettiest of the Summer weddings took place at 5.30 p.m. yesterday, at Oxford Street United Church, when Miss Avis E. Gough, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Gough, became the bride of Carl A. Ritcey, son of Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Ritcey. Rev. B. J. Porter, pastor, officiated, assisted by Rev. S. B. Profitt of Sussex Corner, N.B.
The bride, who was given in marriage by her father, wore a beautiful gown of rose-white satin made with basque bodice, heart shaped neckline and puffed sleeves, the full skirt ending in a train. Her chapel veil was held by a coronet of lilies-of-the-valley and her bouquet was of Johanna Hill roses, orchids and lilies.
Miss Gladys Gough of Brookline, Mass., maid-of-honor for her sister, wore yellow mousseline de soie with a bolero and a doll hat of yellow net. She carried blue delphinium and cornflower. The two bridesmaids, Miss Jean Gough and Miss Kathleen Ritcey wore gowns of mauve and turquoise blue chiffon respectively, made with jackets buttoned up the front and finished with Peter Pan collars. They wore matching coronets with floor length streamers and their bouquets were of varied shades of mauve and pink sweet peas.
The groom was attended by Bruce M. Ritcey with Russell Gough and Douglas Ritcey as ushers. During the ceremony Austen Gough sang “Because”, and Harry Dean presided at the organ.
Following the ceremony a reception was held at the Lord Nelson Hotel. Mrs. Gough, mother of the bride, wore a floor length dress of flowered chiffon with a corsage of red roses and a black picture hat.
Mrs. Ritcey, mother of the groom, wore a periwinkle blue embroidered net with leghorn hat and a corsage of gladioli blooms.
After the reception Mr. and Mrs. Ritcey left by motor for New York where they will visit the World’s Fair. For travelling the bride wore a dress of Mayflower blue sheer with jacket and white accessories and a corsage of orchids.
On their return Mr. and Mrs. Ritcey will reside at 28 Shirley Street.
Abdon Allen Whitman
The death of Abdon Allen ( Abb) Whitman, occurred last evening at his home, 24 King Street, Dartmouth, after a lengthy illness. He was 72 years of age.
A native of Port Dufferin and son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Whitman, Dartmouth, Mr. Whitman had lived most of his life in the Harbor Town where his tall, dignified person had become a familiar and respected figure during the last 40 years.
He was a member of Christ Church, Dartmouth.
Surviving are his wife, Katherine Hartling; two daughters, Helen ( Mrs. George Hartley), and Eva ( Mrs. Walter Day); two sons, Fred and Avard; one brother, Alex, and a sister, May, all of Dartmouth.
The funeral will take place at 11 a.m. Thursday from St. James’ Anglican Church, Port Dufferin. Interment will be in the family plot at Port Dufferin.
May 19 1948
Mrs. Hattie Ethel Sanford
Moose River Gold Mines, May 28 — The death of Mrs. Hattie Ethel Sanford occurred Wednesday morning, May 19th at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Warren Higgins, here. Mrs. Sanford had been in failing health for about a year. She possessed a most pleasing personality and will be sadly missed by a wide circle of friends.
She was a daughter of the late Isaac and Joanna ( Hartling) Hilchey, and was born at Mooseland, Halifax Co., 67 years ago, and apart from a number of years spent in United States and Musquodoboit, she lived the most of her life at that place. The deceased was a faithful and highly valued member of Saint Thomas Church ( Anglican), Mooseland, where she served as organist about 40 years.
In her immediate family there survives, by her first marriage, one daughter, Ethel ( Mrs. Warren Higgins) of Moose River Gold Mines, and one son, Thomas Reynolds, of Upper Musquodoboit. One sister, Mrs. Emma Miller, of Arlington, Mass., and two brothers, George, of Arlington, Mass., and Alexander, of Moose River Gold Mines, survive, as well as her twelve grandchildren and one adopted great-grandson.
The funeral service was held from Saint Thomas Church Friday, May 21st, with her pastor, Rev. G. S. Lanton officiating. Interment was in Mooseland cemetery.
Jeddore, Aug. 6 — The death of Valla Maskell, aged 23 years, occurred at the home of her mother, Mrs. Spurgeon Maskell, West Jeddore, Monday night. Deceased has been in failing health for some time and her death was not unexpected. She leaves a mother, three brothers and a sister at home. The funeral will take place Wednesday afternoon.