November 29, 1922

Sudden Death of Hon. H. H. Wickwire

Hon. H. H. Wickwire, representative of Kings County in the House of Assembly, and Minister of Highways in the Government of Nova Scotia, died very suddenly at his home in Kentville on Sunday, shortly after noon. Death was due to heart failure.

Mr. Wickwire had been reading in bed, where he was found dead by members of his family at about a quarter to one o’clock. Dr. A. S. Burns was called in, but the deceased was beyond human aid, death having come before any of the family were aware of it.

The late Minister had for years been subject to attacks of heart trouble. Some months ago Mr. Wickwire underwent at the Victoria General Hospital an operation for appendicitis, from which operation he had completely recovered. He had been in his usual health, and of late, since his operation, had been particularly well, his very sudden death coming as a great shock to his relatives and friends.

The deceased was in his fifty-fourth year, and, while a comparatively young man, had had a long and active public life, having been an outstanding figure in Nova Scotia politics for nearly thirty years, representing Kings County in the Local House for the greater portion of that time, supporting the Government, of which he became a member without portfolio in 1905. His appointment as Minister of Highways came in June, 1918, an office which he held up to the time of his death.

Harry Hamm Wickwire, B. A., L.L.B., K.C., M.P.P., in point of service the oldest member of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly, was born at Canning, Kings County, on June 21st, 1868, the son of the late J. L. Wickwire. Both of his parents were English and paternally descended from some of the first settlers from New England in Kings County. The late Mr. Wickwire was educated at Acadia and Dalhousie Universities,. He was married in June, 1894, to Miss Sarah J. Lovitt, daughter of James L. Lovitt, of Yarmouth.

The deceased was a practicing barrister, and was also identified for many years with numerous public activities, besides his legislative duties.

Mr. Wickwire was first elected to the Nova Scotia Legislature for Kings County in 1894, and again in 1897 and 1901. Defeated in 1906, he was again elected at the general elections of the same year.

Mr. Wickwire first entered the government of Nova Scotia in 1905 without portfolio; and was appointed Minister of Highways in June, 1918, being re-elected by acclamation after assuming office. Deceased was a member of the Church of England.

J. L. Wickwire, father of the deceased, represented Kings County in the Federal House from 1872 to 1874.

On being admitted to the Bar of the province, the late Mr. Wickwire began the practice of law in Digby, later moving to Kentville and setting up practice there. He began his political career in 1894 with the late B. H. Dodge, of Kentville.

The deceased is survived by his wife, three daughters and two sons. The daughters are, Mrs. Lindsay Bligh, of Nappan, and the Misses Alice and Eleanor at home. Harry P., at home, and William N., attending Kings University, are the sons.

The funeral took place yesterday afternoon, from his late residence, and was largely attended.


November 29, 1922

Berwick Woman Was Hostess

Mrs. S. B. Chute Presided At Interesting Event In Connection With World’s W.C.T.U. Convention In Philadelphia.

An event of interest to Nova Scotia White Ribboners took place in the Grey Room of the Hotel Lorraine, Philadelphia, during a brief interim of the Convention of the World’s W.C.T.U., when Mrs. S. B. Chute of Berwick acted as hostess at a delightful reception given in honor of Mrs. Ada L. Powers of Lunenburg, former president of the Nova Scotia W. C. T. U. for eleven years. During the evening the latter was the recipient of a beautiful silver combination for "flowers, fruit and delicacies," emblematic of one of the best loved departments of the W.C.T.U.. The silver vase contained eighteen white carnations – one for every County in Nova Scotia; and to this lovely gift was added a gold mounted fountain pen as an appreciative reference to the ten years of service as Recording Secretary before taking the office of President.

Mrs. H. P. Newcombe of Canning made the presentation in a very happy speech in which she referred to the high ideal of service held by White Ribboners and quoting from Kipling’s "Hereafter":

"And none but the Master shall praise us,

And none but the Master shall blame,

And no one shall work for money

And no one shall work for fame."

Mrs. Powers who was taken completely by surprise, responded in a few words which showed her deep appreciation of the event.

Delectable refreshments were served to the guests, among whom were Mrs. Gordon Wright, Dominion W.C.T.U. President; Mrs. Houlton, of Alberta; Mrs. Whitman, of Canso; Mrs. LaMance, of Florida; Mrs. Palmer, of Berwick, Miss Mabel Archibald, of India, and others.

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