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Oxford, Cumberland County, Nova Scotia

Thursday, June 19, 1919


A very interesting and pretty wedding took place at the residence of the bride’s aunt, Mrs. WILLIAM CHRISTIE, 78 Sydney St. St. John, NB, when Rev. W.E. SCOTT, minister of the Oxford Church circuit, was united in marriage to Miss A. ELSIE LEWIS, daughter of the late Rev. CHARLES LEWIS of Queenstown, Queens Co. The groom is a son of the late Mr. RICHARD and ELIZABETH SCOTT of Hammond Vale, Kings Co. The ceremony was performed by Rev. Dr. DAVID HUTCHINSON in the presence of immediate relatives and friends of the bride and groom, both parties being unattended. The bride, who was given away by her brother-in-law, D.W. BARNES, of Upper Wickham, was prettily attired in a sand colored silk. Many handsome and useful gifts testify to their popularity. The groom is a graduate of Acadia University and also of the Colgate Theological School. The bride, who is a graduate of the Massachusetts State Infirmary, has been for the last year one of the head nurses at the Jordan Sanitarium, River Glade. Before leaving that institution Miss LEWIS was presented with an electric ready lamp by the staff of the sanitarium and with a carving set by her patients.
After the ceremony a dainty wedding dinner was served and Rev. Mr. & Mrs. SCOTT left on the 12:50 train on a short honeymoon trip.

Miss LULU PUTNAM and Wm. H. BRIGGS were quietly united in marriage in Watertown, at the parsonage of the Methodist Episcopal church, Thursday afternoon at 3 o’clock, May 22nd, by Rev. GAY C. WHITE.
Mr. BRIGGS has been in the service and only recently received his honorable discharge.
The groom wore his army uniform. The bride was attired in a navy blue poplin suit with hat to match.
Mr. & Mrs. BRIGGS are both well and favorably known in this community and they have a host of friends who wish them much joy and prosperity in their married life. ---- Florence S.D. Paper.

The wedding took place at the home of the bride on Wednesday evening of AUBREY RUSHTON and MARGARET ADAMS, daughter of JOHN and MARY DICKSON, Main St. Springhill. The couple were happily united by Rev. HAROLD THOMKINSON in the presence of many admiring friends. HAZEL and HELEN, the little daughters of Mr. & Mrs. J. ADAMS, Springhill Junction, acted as flower girls.
A sumptuous repast was served at the close. Mr. & Mrs. RUSHTON left for Halifax on Wednesday evening.

At Amherst, on Monday evening, June 9th by Rev. Dr. STEELE, OTIS RUSHTON, a returned war veteran and Miss OLIVE RUTH GOLD, both of Amherst.

At the home of Mr. & Mrs. G. NELSON, Tuesday evening, June 10th, David D. McALONEY of Five Islands and NELLIE S. MOORE of Economy, Col. Co., by the Rev. A. SWETNAM.

At the Baptist Parsonage, Wednesday evening, by Rev. JOHN A. SWETNAM, JOHN SPENCE and LEONA BOSS, both of Springhill.

Springhill, June 7th.
At 8 o’clock this evening there took place at the home of the groom’s uncle, ALEXANDER C. MURRAY, Church Street, the marriage of ELIZABETH, daughter of JORDAN and ELLA CHURCHILL, Mountain Road and JAMES YOUNG, recently returned from overseas after a fine service. The Rev. HAROLD TOMKINSON, pastor of the Methodist Church performed the ceremony.

The many friends of JOHN C. BLACK will regret to learn of his death, which occurred at Shinimicas Bridge, N.S. Monday, June 9th, following an illness of about a year. The deceased was 34 years of age and is survived by his wife and 4 children, VAUGHN, DORIS, HAROLD and HELEN, also by his father and mother, Mr. & Mrs. J. EDWARD BLACK and 2 sisters and 3 brothers. The sisters are:
Mrs. CLIFFORD BLACK of Northport, N.S.
Mrs. F. H. LYLE of Boston, Mass.

The brothers are:
ROY and FRANK of Northport and NOEL at home.

The funeral took place Wednesday afternoon and was largely attended. Rev. Mr. BROWN of Amherst conducted the funeral service. Interment being in the cemetery at Shinimicas Bridge, N.S.

A Springhill Centenarian
Presbyterian Witness
A Springhill subscriber sends us the picture of DONALD JOHNSON, a resident of that town, taken 2 weeks ago, who, if not now (according to his present state of health), may live to be the oldest person in the province. He will be 106 years of age in the month of November next and is still fairly active, up and around every day and reads the Bible without glasses.
Mr. JOHNSON, he writes, is of a race of that name that were settled inhabitants of the little Island of Barra, near South Uist, Scotland. His father and mother with their 3 children after a voyage of 4 months landed at Sydney in 1825. DONALD, the only son, then 12 years of age, after growing to manhood, married the daughter of an immigrant from the same district, LEXIE McLELLAN, and settled on the top of Campbell’s Mountain near Whycocomagh and had a family of 7 children. Finding it impossible to subsist on this mountain farm he came to Cumberland in 1871 and worked on the I.C. Railway then under construction and afterwards abandoned the farm and settled with his family in Springhill.
Mrs. JOHNSON died about 3 years ago and 3 of the children have passed away. Like many of the inland settlers of the west highlands of Scotland, Mr. JOHNSON could not adapt himself to other than laborious work and not very skillful, even at that, but it would be honest, faithful service for the hire agreed upon. A patient, forgiving man, and as was said of JOB, one that feared GOD and eschewed evil.

At Riverview, on June 6th, to Mr. & Mrs. JAS FRASER, a son.
At Thompson Station, June 9th, to Mr. & Mrs. EVAN GODFREY, a son.
At Oxford, on June 11th, to Mr. & Mrs. JOHN I. THOMPSON, a son.

Mr. ALEX MATHESON an aged resident of Birchwood passed away after quite an extending illness on Saturday. He leaves a wife family of ARTHUR, who is here from the States, is a son and Mrs. Wm. R. TEASDALE of Calgary is a daughter, to mourn the loss of a kind husband and father. The funeral was held on Tuesday. Interment being at Pine Grove Cemetery.

The remains of the late Mrs. WALKER of Amherst, were interred in the cemetery at Williamsdale on Tuesday morning, 3rd inst., burial service read by Rev. L.E.G. DAVIES. Mrs. WALKER was twice married, both husbands having predeceased her. Of a family of 9 children, Pte. W. AUSTEN of the Detention Camp, is living. He accompanied his mother’s remains to their last resting place. A son, HARRY E. AUSTIN died very suddenly at his home on Stanley St, in April.
Mrs. WALKER was 63 years old, her death was due to paralysis. She is survived by, 2 brothers. Mr. WILLIS BAXTER of Economy and Mr. C. BAXTER of Collingwood.
Several beautiful floral offerings expressed the sympathy of friends for the relatives in their double bereavement.

Sad Accident at Springhill.
A very sad accident occurred at Springhill Friday morning, about 10 o’clock when DUNCAN BLUE, brother of the Manager of the Mine was instantly killed by what is called a runaway. A rake of 4 cars was being hoisted out of the mine slope when the rope broke and Mr. BLUE who was standing --- the track was instantly killed ---- every bone in his body being broken.
Mr. BLUE was a very highly esteemed workman. A member of the Knights of Pythias and other societies. The accident is regarded as an extremely pathetic one. He leaves a wife and 4 children. --- Sentinel.

Funeral of Overman Killed at Springhill.
Springhill, June 16th.
The funeral of DUNCAN BLUE, who was so tragically killed in the slope at Springhill mine on Thursday, by a runaway rake, was held on Sunday at 3 o’clock. Almost the whole of the towns people were either on the streets or in the procession, which followed the remains. At the residence of the deceased on Church Street, a funeral service was held, conducted by Rev. C. McRAE and from thence the casket was borne to the cemetery via Main Street. The members of the Cumberland Lodge, Knights of Pythias and about 25 knights from Amherst, besides members from towns within a radius of 20 miles, walked and conducted a ceremony of impressive character at the graveside. Many hundreds of miners and other residents in Springhill took places in the procession. The greatest sympathy was evident for the bereaved widow and family.
Mr. BLUE was an outstanding man in the life of Springhill.

At Beckwith on June 2nd, to Mr. & Mrs. JERRY MATTINSON, a daughter - EVELYN ANNA.

At Advocate, on June 14th, Mrs. DIXON, mother of Rev. DAVID DIXON, Baptist pastor.
At Amherst, on June 16th, CLARENCE R. CASEY, a well known figure in the county of Cumberland.

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