January 12th 1898
In The Channing Memorial Church, Newport, R.I., Dec. 29th, by Rev Dr Cutter, assisted by Rev E.O. Read, of Waterville, father of the groom, Dr. Willard F. Read, of Lynn, Mass., and Prue¢ , daughter of Joseph E. Wood, formerly of Canning.
At Church St., Dec 31st, Mrs. Richard Starr, in the 94th year of her age.
Read - Wood
Dr Willard Fulton Read, of Lynn, and Miss Prue Wood, daughter of Capt. Joseph Wood, master of Fred Vanderbilt's yacht Conqueror, were married at Newport, R.I. at 12.30 p.m. on Dec. 29th. The ceremony was preformed in Channing Memorial church by the pastor, Rev. George W. Cutter, assisted by Rev. E.O. Read, of Waterville, N.S., father of the groom. The edifice was decorated with Christmas greens, ruby electric lamps glistening in the foliage.
The bride was accompanied by her sister, Miss Bertha Wood. The best man was the groom's brother, Melbourn Read, Professor in Colly University. The ushers were Joseph G. Stevens 2d, Hiram Burlington, and Milner Wood, brother of the bride.
The bride's gown was of white satin with train. The long veil was caught up with orange blossoms. Miss Bertha Wood wore pink silk and carried pink roses. The bride's bouquet was of bride roses. She wore small jewels.
Following the ceremony there was a brief reception at the residence of Capt. Wood, on Broadway, Dr and Mrs. Read will pass a few days in Boston and then go to their home in Lynn.
Dunk - Graves
Christ Church, Portsmouth, N.H. was the scene of a beautiful wedding on Wednesday Dec. 29th, at 10 o'clock a.m., when Albert N. Dunk and Miss E. Grace Graves were united in marriage by the Rev C. Le V Brine.
Promptly at the hour named, the sweet tones of the organ echoed the wedding march through the arches of evergreen and holly, and as the rector, and his two attendants took their places at the chancel arch, the western doors opened to admit the wedding party.
First came the groom, escorting the bridesmaid, Miss Minnie Loomer, cousin of the bride, and following them, the best man, Mr. William Weston, and the fair bride, who looked very charming in her gown of delicate pearl gray Henrietta, with vest of rose pink silk and chiffon, and garnitures of ribbon. She wore a picture hat of pearl velvet and ostrich tips and fancy ornaments, the costume being very dainty.
The bridesmaid, daughter of George Loomer, of Brooklyn Corner, Kings Co., wore a gown of old rose cashmere with vest of ivory white satin, with ribbon trimmings of rose velvet.
Taking their places at the chancel the impressive ceremony was performed, accompanied by the low tones of the organ. As the bridal party turned to leave the church, the chimes rang out the wedding peal, and amid showers of rice they entered the waiting carriages.
Mr. and Mrs. Dunk left Portsmouth on the 10 a.m. train for Boston, and from there proceeded to Aylesford, N. S. They were escorted to the depot by a large party of friends, who made their departure indeed a lively occasion. They will reside in Portsmouth where Mr. Dunk is engaged in business. They were the recipients of many fine presents, and carry with them the wishes of their host of friends. The groom is a popular young man, an active member of the gun club and an interested worker at Christ Church, being a member of the St. Andrew's Brotherhood of that parish. The bride, a daughter of Burpee Graves, of Aylesford, Kings Co., is a very popular young lady and formerly a most active worker in the I. O. G. T., of which she was a member. About a year ago she went to Portsmouth where she has made many friends who all combine in wishing her happiness in the new home to which she goes.
The joys of the Christmas season have indeed been well celebrated by them, and may peace, good will and prosperity follow them through life.
Mrs. J.H. Webster of Cambridge:
passed away after a lingering illness on Wednesday morning, 5th inst. in the 58th year of her age. She leaves a husband and two children to mourn the loss of a faithful loving wife and a kind and christian mother. During her illness, which was of a very distressing nature, she exhibited remarkable patience and fortitude, and an implicit trust in the Savior, whom she loved, and without a regret, except for the loved ones left behind, she passed away without a struggle to the rest beyond.
The funeral took place on Friday and although the day was very unpleasant there was a large attendance. The sermon was preached by Rev E.O. Read, Rev Mr. Freeman, and Rev Mr. Hawley (Presbyterian) were in attendance and took part in the service.
Mrs. Webster was the daughter of the late William Craig, of Brooklyn St., Cornwallis, who some twenty years ago preceded his daughter to the better land.
Mrs. Webster was born at Morristown, Aylesford, in a house which her father, then a young man, built with his own hands about seventy years ago, in what was then an almost unbroken forest. This house, which is one of the oldest in the county, is still occupied, and is the comfortable home of Mr. Robert Nichols. In this house and on this farm in Morristown Mr. and Mrs. Craig raised a family of eight children, in which this death makes the first break. The venerable mother still lives, and at the advanced age of 92 years and 8 months was able to attend the funeral of her daughter.
In 1857 Mr. Craig, with his family, removed from Morristown to Brooklyn Street, Cornwallis, and in 1860 Miss Catherine Craig was united in marriage to Mr. John H. Webster, of Cambridge, with whom she resided until her death.
By honest toil and econmy, and good luck that generally goes with these characteristics, Mr. and Mrs. Webster, although commencing with but little, soon became forehanded, and Mr. W. has for a number of years been reckoned among our successful men.
Last summer, the son, Mr. J.G. Webster married, and his father gave him the homestead, and built a new house near the station for a home for himself and wife, in which they hoped to spend a number of quiet years of rest in their old age. But an all-wise Providence has disarranged their plans, and Mr. Webster is left alone.
Mr. A. Mansfield Nichols and his brother, Conductor Addy G. Nichols, of the D.A. Ry. Visited their parents, Mr. and Mrs. George L. Nichols last week at Windermere.
I. Woodford Mealy arrived home on Friday, after having spent New Year's with friends in St John.
Mr. W.E. Reade, who has been with the New York Insurance Company for the past year, has accepted a renewal of his former position as office manager for Clarke Bros., Bear River.
Mr. and Mrs. F.A. Clark left last week to visit friends in Boston.
Miss E. Maye Artz, of Bridgewater, who has been visiting her aunt, Mrs. Wm. Benjamin, returned home Friday.
Miss Anne Benjamin is visiting friends in Bridgewater.
Faed Middlemas went to Boston last week.
Fred Bennett arrived from Boston on Saturday.
Willie Spicer, little son of Stephen Spicer, Esq., cut his head with a hatchet on New Year's day.
Mr. Emerson Clem cut his foot quite bad recently.
On the last day of the year five officers of the law visited our quiet locality in search of some culprit unknown to your corespondent. Three of the officers were from Kentville and two were from Weston.
New Year's day passed off very quietly.
Our fine sleighing is spoiled by the recent thaw.
Holidays are now over and the school children have resumed their studies. We expect to see our school increased by some of our big boys and girls who have not yet finished their education.
Miss Bertha D. Beckwith left for Boston on the 14th, with her brother Samuel. Miss Beckwith is employed as a reporter on a Boston paper. She is ending her sister Sophia to school in the United States.
Ernest Ogilvie went back to Halifax on the 5th.
Miss Lizzie Cashman leaves for the United States this week.
The Christmas holidays are over, with their usual routine of pleasure and feasting. Santa Claus decorated the several Christmas trees to the children's satisfaction and left in a creditable manner.
Mrs. James Gould and her little daughter spent a day or two at Black Rock recently, and attended the Christmas tree at Mrs. Solomon Bowlby's on Friday evening.
Mr. and Mrs. Melbourne Cook and children spent the Christmas holidays at Mrs. Cook's parents.
An epidemic of measles is visiting us at present but no serious cases are reported as yet.
Mr. Leander Bowles was the guest of Mrs. Edward Chute on Christmas day.
Mr. Ira Wallace, of Wolfville, has been visiting friends at Black Rock.
Mr. and Mrs. Edson Bowlby entertained a number of relatives and friends on Christmas evening.
The surprise parties are not altogether neglected during the festive season and the energy and pluck displayed by the leaders deserve more than ordinary mention as frequently the house they resort to is closed for the night and the members of the family are wrapt in profound slumber.
Miss Nellie Dickie spent a few days at her home recently.
Mr. and Mrs. Forman White have been the guests of Mrs. H. Dickie.
Mr. George Elliott, of Acadia College, who has been the guest of his sister, Mrs. George Meister, through the holiday season, has returned to his studies.
Mr. W. Meister is the guest of his brother, George Meister, on a Christmas vacation form the United States.
Mrs. Kelvington Lightizer entertained a large number of her old friends on New Year's eve. They sang the old year out with olden time tunes and went home in the wee sma' hours of the night.
Mr. and Mrs. Manon Spinney who went to New Germany to spend the Christmas holidays with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Weber and other friends, have returned home.
A quiet marriage took place at the parsonage, on Friday morning, Dec. 31st, the contracting parties being Miss Rossie Bruce, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Bruce, of this place and Mr. Edward Palmer, of Tremont Mt.
Last week another one of our oldest inhabitants passed away, Mr. William Foster, in his 82nd year. He was laid away to rest in our quiet cemetery on Sunday. A large concourse of friends gathered at the place.
The Spanish government is considering the advisability of asking United States intervention in the Cuban trouble.
The Christmas tree at the Free Baptist Church was not so much of a success as is usual with such gatherings here, owing to the weather, and to the fact that similar entertainments were held in adjoining sections.
Mrs. J. H. Rawding attended the marriage at Waterville of Miss Edna Whitman and Charlie Charlton.
Mrs. David P. Chute is visiting her son, E. F. Chute.
Henry Foster, of Aylesford, has been employed a short time by Hugh Thompson making and repairing harness.
Thomas Beardsley and Frank Morse, of Berwick, enjoyed Saturday hunting with Ned Chute. Game was plenty, and the visiting sportsmen bagged a fair share.
Mr. Hugh Thompson met with a painful accident last week. While shaving wood with a large knife he had the end of his finger cut off.
Burton Algee Intends building a nice residence in the spring on his late purchase, the farm of Stephen Rawding.
There has been a good deal of sickness among horses and cattle here this season, and our esteemed veterinary, Elijah Rockwell, Esq., has prescribed in several instances with good success.
Some difficulty was had to save Alton Thomas' buildings from burning on Xmas eve, owing to the burning of the aftermath on his farm. Mr. Thomas was from home at the time.
The measles are attacking this village in earnest. One or more members of the majority of the families are in the first stages of the disease or convalescent.
On Christmas day a springtime visitor, a full-grown frog, was seen leisurely paddling in a pool of water, bravely facing the frosty air and picking his way among the small bergs. As we approached he seated himself on a lump of frozen mud, gave us a quizzical look, a few friendly croaks, winked the other eye, plunged in and disappeared.
Miss Augusta Williams, who started for Boston, intending to take a course of studies at Dr Gordon's training school, preparatory to mission work in India, had to return home on account of the illness of her sister. The many friends of Miss Williams are glad to hear that her illness is not so serious as it was first thought to be.
Mrs. Wagner has been quite sick for some time. She has the sincere sympathy of all her friends.
The two sisters of Mrs. Millett are visiting her at present.
The Division here held an open Division on Christmas evening, and a large audience was present to listen to an interesting entertainment, consisting of music, dialogues, charades and recitations. Mr. J.L. Gertridge, who is the Grand deputy of the Gaspereau Division, being confined to the hose by illness, it was decided by those who had part in the entertainment to meet at his home on the following Monday evening and give him the benefit of hearing the programme. The evening was much enjoyed by all present.
Miss Ethel Collins, of Aylesford, who was spending the holidays with Miss Florence Selfridge, returned home last week.
Mr. and Mrs. Gillison have moved into their new house.
The festive season is o'er. Holiday guests have returned and departed. Waterville is again a work-a-day village.
The bean supper given by the B.Y.P.U. on Tuesday evening of last week, in aid of missions, was a success.
On Saturday evening, despite the driving rain, Bowles' hall was filled. The Grafton Jubilee Singers redeemed their promise of 120 laughs in 120 minutes. Yielding to numerous and urgent requests, this company have promised to put on a new play, "Back from Klondike," and a new bachelor opera. The date will probably be Feb. 12th.
A road dispute is in progress. A petition is being circulated to have a road connecting the post road near W.W. Pineo's with the mountain road near Allen Brown's. A counter petition is also being circulated.
A pleasant surprise was given to Miss Lida Woodroffe last Thursday evening. Miss Woodroffe, who has been acting as organist at the monthly Methodist services in Bowles' hall, was presented by the members of that church in this place with a beautiful silver pickle dish. She wishes to thus publicly and cordially thank them for their kind remembrance.
The Waterville jewelry store has been completely remodeled inside, and now presents a very handsome appearance. It is now better fitted for Mr. Harriott's rapidly growing business.
The death occurred on Friday morning of Mrs. Charles White. The deceased, who was a very highly respected and sincere Christian, had been in a critical condition for some months, and her death was not unexpected. The burial on Saturday afternoon was at the Presbyterian cemetery, and a funeral sermon was preached by Rev. E.O. Read to a very large congregation.
Frank Crocker, of Melrose, Mass., spent a week of his holidays with his grandfather, Mr. Moses Brown.
Miss Jennie Bowles, who has been suffering form nervous prostration for several months, is now recovering.
Misses Elsie and Carrie Best returned from their visit to Massachusetts on Thursday. Miss Leda Caldwell, of White Rock was their guest on Saturday and Sunday.
Mrs. Henry Borden of Belcher St., was visiting Mrs. Woodroff last week.
The Endeavor society are preparing for a missionary service to be held in a few weeks. There will be a silver collection. The delegates appointed for the Local C.E. union meeting at Port Williams were Mrs. McMahon, Hattie Woodroff, Rosa Nichols, R.D. Pineo, and Frank Wolfe.
The beautiful home of Rev E.O. Read was the scene of a very pleasant social gathering on Monday evening last. Mr. Read's parishioners of Waterville and vicinity took this occasion to give him a very cordial welcome home from his recent vacation trip to New England. A bountiful collation was served in excellent style by the ladies. The evening passed very pleasantly and all seemed to thoroughly enjoy themselves. Before the company dispersed, Mrs. Read spoke briefly of his great pleasure in having so many of his friends visit him, and tendered them his sincere thanks for their thoughtful kindness. Rev D.H. Simpson, of Berwick, spoke of his great pleasure in being present and observing the very great kindness of the people towards their Pastor. He also expressed the hope that pastor and the people might labor together for many more years. Such gatherings, besides being very pleasant in themselves, bring a world of good cheer to a hard worked pastor's heart. They certainly show that the minister has a very large place in the hearts of his people, and that his labors for their spiritual welfare are not in vain.