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Sinclair, D.C., 1888-1962

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  • 1888-1962

Donald Carmichael Sinclair, QC, only child of John H. Sinclair and Jessie (Carmichael), was born in 1888 at New Glasgow, N.S. He attended Dalhousie University where he obtained a degree in arts followed by an LLB in 1909. After a few years in the law office of Hector MacInnis, Sinclair returned to New Glasgow where he practiced with his father. Later he became a partner with D.D. Macdonald. In 1915 he married Norma MacKay of New Glasgow, daughter of Norman and Ann (Hunter) MacKay. They had three children: Janet, John and Norman. Sinclair served with the military in both World Wars and became an honourary colonel of the Pictou Highlanders. He was also a member of several political and community organizations. He sat on the first Regional Library Board for Pictou County, was president of the Nova Scotia Liberal Association, and held many offices for the Pictou County Liberal Association. Sinclair was a stipendiary magistrate for New Glasgow and held directorships of local companies such as Eastern Trust Co. and Eastern Light and Power Company Ltd. He was also associated with the family firm founded by his grandfather, J.W. Carmichael and Co. Ltd., and was president of the firm at the time of his death on 24 March 1962.

Stairs, Eleanor, 1876-1957

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  • 1876-1957

Eleanor Stairs was born in Halifax, N.S. in 1876, the daughter of James W. Stairs (1851-1908) and Jane Macdonald. She was the granddaughter of William J. Stairs (1822-1906), and great-granddaughter of William M. Stairs (1789-1865), the founder of the prominent Halifax business, William Stairs, Son and Morrow. Little information is available about her life. It is known that she was active in the Ladies' Auxilliary of Fort Massey Church, and was a life member of the Chebucto Chapter IODE, in which she served for a time as regent. She did not marry and died in 1957.

Mosher, Marial, 1917-2008

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  • 1917-2008

Marial Mosher was born on 29 January 1917 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She was the adopted daughter of Malcolm and Florence B. (Larder) Mosher. She became interested in dance at an early age. When she was eighteen, she went to New York and studied dance under Albertina Rasch and others. In 1939 Marial Mosher returned to Halifax, just before the outbreak of the Second World War. She continued dancing at Madame Hylda's School of Dance in Halifax, and gave performances for servicmen with Uncle Mel's Show. In 1941, Marial Mosher gave up her career as a dancer to join the Canadian Women's Army Corps. Following her return from the services in 1945, she studied sociology at Acadia University, graduating in 1951, and subsequently taught anthropology at Mount Saint Vincent University for many years. She also served as a staff officer at Eastern Command Headquarters for ten years. In 1953, Marial Mosher was one of a small group of Canadian service women selected to attend the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, in recognition of her distinguished military service. She died in Halifax on 4 October 2008.

Mosher, Malcolm, 1883-1951

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  • 1883-1951

Malcolm Mosher was born on 4 December 1883 at Avondale, Hants County, Nova Scotia, the son of Daniel and Merinda (Martin) Mosher. He graduated from the Maritime Business School in Halifax in 1902, and began working as a clerk the same year. On 2 November 1908 he married Florence B. Larder of Halifax. The couple adopted one daughter, Marial. In 1914 Mosher went into business on his own as an importer and grocery broker, establishing Mosher Brokerage Company in Halifax. The business prospered and Mosher became a well known and respected member of the Maritime business community. Mosher was very active in Halifax community life, particularly in the affairs of the Brunswick Street United Church, where he was a treasurer, a chorister, and a board member. He was also a member of the Halifax Curling Club, Gorsebrook Golf Club, the North British Society, St. John's Lodge, the Scottish Rite, and the Rotary Club. Malcolm Mosher died suddenly of a heart attack on 16 May 1951 in Windsor, Nova Scotia.

Cameron, James M., 1913-1995

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  • 1913-1995

James Malcolm Cameron was born in New Glasgow, N.S. in 1913. In the 1930s he began his career in journalism as a proof-reader with the New Glasgow Evening News, and later became a reporter and city editor. From 1939 to 1946 he served in Canada and overseas with the Royal Canadian Artillery. From 1946 to 1952 he was editor and publisher of the Eastern Chronicle. In 1953 he was founder and manager of CKEC radio station. Cameron sold his publishing and broadcasting interests in 1964 and moved to Ottawa, where he served as a member of the Canadian Pension Commission. From 1977 to 1979 he sat on the Pension Review Board. He retired to New Glasgow where he died in 1995.

Bower, John Oates, 1901-

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  • 1901-

John Oates Bower was born in Shelburne, N.S. in 1901. He was the son of Richard McGill Bower and Mary Cordelia Oates, and the grandson of John Bower. He worked for the Texas Company (later renamed Texaco) as a geologist drilling for oil in Bogota, Columbia. Bower eventually became the division manager of the Texas Petroleum Company in Bogata in 1947. By 1960, he was named president of the Colombian Petroleum Company. From 1966-1968, Bower represented the riding of Shelburne-Yarmouth-Clare in Parliament. He married Keithen Fenn in 1933, and had three children: John Richard Fenn (1933), Mary Patricia (1937), and Edmond Jeremy (1943).

Bower, John, 1831-1905

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  • 1831-1905

John Bower was born at Shelburne, N.S., the son of John Bower of Lower Ohio, N.S., in 1831. He had three brothers: Robert, Edward, and James, and two sisters: Emily and another whose name is unknown. He married Joanna McGill and they had six children: Eliza McGill, Mary Evelyn, Bessie Aileen, Hattie Helen, John Wilmot, and Richard McGill. John initially apprenticed as a painter, and eventually moved into the mercantile business. Bower established his "Up to Date" store in 1865. He also built ships with Freemau Pentz, including a vessel named Shelburne. In 1882, Bower won a medal from the Academie Parisienne des Inventius Industries et Exposants for his plans and models for an improved fishway. He patented the fish pass in 1890, but his design was not used until 1913. Bower's wife Joanna passed away in 1902, and he died three years later on 11 July 1905. Bower's son Richard took over the merchantile business in 1905 and remained there for almost 40 years.

Thompson, Robert R.

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  • 1869-1876

Robert R. Thompson was Lieutenant Colonel in the Reserve Militia in Shelburne County, Nova Scotia in the mid- to late-19th century.

Beckwith, Dr. C. J. W.

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Born in 1903 [Halifax, Nova Scotia?], Dr. Beckwith received his medical training at Dalhousie University and postgraduate training in Montreal and Toronto. His decision to pursue a career in internal medicine and chest diseases was largely due to being ill with tuberculous during his training in Toronto. In 1937, he developed a health unit in Cape Breton, the first of its kind in Nova Scotia. He returned to Halifax after nine years in Cape Breton and became Superintendent of the Halifax Tuberculosis Hospital and a member of the staff at Dalhousie University's Faculty of Medicine, Department of Preventative Medicine. In 1951 he was made Associate Professor of Medicine. In 1956 he became Executive Secretary (full-time) of the MSNS of Nova Scotia. In 1968, he retired, but remained a consultant until his death in 1973. During his career he was president of the Nova Scotia Tuberculosis Association, the Canadian Tuberculosis Association, and the Nova Scotia Rehabilitation Council.

Bell, Barbara

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  • 1902-1999

Barbara Bell was born on 4 June in 1902 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the daughter of Francis H. Bell and M. Leila Bell. Bell had at least one brother, Hugh B. Bell. Barbara spent her early years in Bermuda, and later went to school at Halifax Ladies College around 1919. Bell was an ambulance driver, Lieutenant in the St. John’s Ambulance Battalion, in France and Germany during WWII. After the war Bell helped locate and distribute aid to people who had been hiding from the Germans. She then returned to Halifax where she organized a social club, the Mardi Gras Club, on the Navy’s behalf. She was also president of the Protestant Orphanage, today known as Veith House. Bell was a member of St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Halifax. She also ran Camp Sunshine in Mahone Bay. Bell was actively involved as a volunteer with organizations such as the Izaak Walton Killam children’s hospital. Bell was a founding member of the Cole Harbour Rural Heritage Society. She and her father were members of the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron and were closely involved with the Marblehead to Halifax races, presenting the Hugh Bell Trophy to the winner. Bell never married but fostered two girls. Bell died 15 August 1999 in Cole Harbour.

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