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From: "Carolyn Wallace" <>
Subject: Obits: Townshend Sangster, New Hbr.; Sally Sark, Pic. Landing; Helen MacKenzie, River John;Samuel Cummings, Stellarton
Date: Mon, 20 Mar 2006 16:00:28 -0400
The Evening News, New Glasgow, N.S.
9 February 1952
Mourn Passing Of T. Sangster
New Harbor- On Feb.7, the death occured of Townshend Sangster, who was
83 years of age. A life-long resident of this community, Mr. Sangster had
been in poor health for some time.
He is survived by his widow, the former Laura Sponagle; three sons,
Byron, Ontario; Herman, United States; Fulton at home; two daughters, Nina,
United States; Alice (Mrs. Robert Sangster), Cross Roads Country Harbor; one
sister, Mrs. Thomas Gillie, New Harbor.
The funeral was held Monday with a short service at the house and then
to the Baptist Church. Interment was in Riverside Cemetery, New Harbor.
(*Robert Henry Townshend Sangster was a s/o James Sangster and Margaret Ann
Nickerson and was born 12 Nov.1868)
Date: 1955 only.
Aged Sally Sark Frozen To Death
Pictou Landing, Dec.22- Sally Sark, believed to be 99 years old and
well known all over the county, was found dead this morning near her home on
the reservation here.
Dr. L.M. Sproull was called in and examined the remains. It was
decided no inquest was necessary.
She had been to Amherst Wednesday and returned late. Belief is she had
entered her home, found it cold and started out to a neighboring home,
falling or taking some turn that dropped her into the snow.
Sally was the oldest Micmac Indian in this area and familiar in all
the towns where she sold her basketry and other products. A few years ago
she had participated in a display of Indian craftsmanship at the exhibition
in Stellarton- hundreds watched as baskets were made. Even in the late years
she walked to New Glasgow from Pictou Landing.
The frozen body was found by grandson, Joseph Nicholas.
She is survived by a son-in-law Noel Nicholas and among the
grandchildren are Joseph, John and Levi Nicholas and a granddaughter, Agnes,
Mrs. John Prosper.
Funeral arrangements had not been completed this morning.
Sally- many of her closest friends knew her only as that and did not
know that her last name was Sark- was almost a legendary figure in the
county. She called on many families through many generations, turning up
uninvited but welcome at wedding receptions and other family gatherings.
An astute business woman, she closed many good deals to her own
advantage. Only a few summers ago she exacted a 25-cent tribute from all
truckers passing through her property to gravel and sand pits beyond.
There were many stories of her vast age, some of them putting it well
over the hundred mark. Sally herself occasionally admitted that she wasn't
sure, but the 99 figure seems to be the most authentic.
Thursday, 13 March 1969
Helen MacKenzie Laid To Rest At Bellevue
River John- Helen Agusta MacKenzie died at the Willow Nursing Home,
Halifax, Saturday, March 8. She was the daughter of the late Archibald and
Sarah (Eaton) MacKenzie.
Surviving are a brother, Percival, Vancouver, B.C., and several nieces
and nephews. five brothers and two sisters predeceased her.
The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon in St. George's Presbyterian
Church with Rev. V.T. Holstad officiating. Hymns sung were "The Lord's My
Shepherd" and "Unto The Hills." Mrs. A.W. Reid , was organist.
Pallbearers were John R. Sutherland, Chesley Haliburton, Charles
Sutherland, Ralph Langille, Lloyd Reid and John T. Sutherland.
Interment was in Bellevue Cemetery.
Chronicle Herald, Halifax, N.S.
Monday, 31 October 1977
Stellarton- Samuel Cummings, 83, of 161 North Foord Street,
Stellarton, died Sunday in Aberdeen Hospital.
Born in Stellarton, he was the son of the late Harry and Mary Ann
He was an adherent of St. John United Church, Stellarton. He resided
in Stellarton all his life where he worked as a coal miner and was active in
gardening and skating. He was the last surviving member of his parents'
Surviving are his wife, the former Carrie White; two daughters, Helen
(Mrs. Beryl Scott), Stellarton; Dorothy (Mrs.Earl Irvine), Edmonton, Alta.;
five sons, Knight, Dorman, Benvie and George, all of Stellarton; Allister,
Toronto; 18 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.
He was predeceased by a daughter, Lorraine, two sisters and two
The body is at H.C. MacQuarrie Funeral Home, Stellarton, where funeral
service will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m., Rev. Ralph Johnson officiating.
Burial will be in Brookside cemetery.