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Contributed by  A. Ross MacKay

Ross MacKay, originally from Grand River, is researching the Scots from Grand River who settled for a time in L'Ardoise. He has connections to the Matheson, Finlayson, Ferguson, Shaw, and McKenzie families. The following text passages are from newspaper clippings he and his mother have in their scrapbook collection. Many thanks to Ross for contributing the following clippings of people with L'Ardoise connections.

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Apr 30, 1977
Mrs. Ada Sampson
Lower L'Ardoise - Mrs. Ada Sampson, 87, died at St. Rita Hospital; Saturday. Born in Rockdale, she was the daughter of the late Amos and Margaret Poirier Martell. She is survived by two daughters, Eva (Mrs. Fred Sampson), Lower L'Ardoise, and Beatrice (Mrs. Neil MacDonald), Glace Bay; five sons, George, Toronto; Freddie, Halifax; Charlie, Alonzo and John, Lower L'Ardoise. Also surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Katie LeRoux and Mrs. Eva Martell, both of Rockdale; two brothers, John, in the United States, and George, Rockdale; 44 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Henry T. Sampson in 1961, and one son and two daughters. The body rests at the L'Ardoise Funeral Home. The funeral will take place Tuesday from the Church of the Holy Guardian at 10:30 a.m., with Rev. Clarence MacDonald officiating. Interment will take place in the parish cemetery.

1959
Mr. Alex Matheson, 81, passed away at his home on Saturday, March 7, following a lengthy illness. A well-known and respected resident of Lower L'Ardoise, the late Mr. Matheson is survived by one brother Murdock, with whom he resided. The largely attended funeral was held from his residence on Monday afternoon to Grand River Presbyterian Church where Rev. Neil MacLean officiated at the church and grave, assisted by Rev. Mr. Matheson, St. Peter's. Pall bearers were Thomas Mombourquette, George Campbell, John Clannon, John A. McAskill, Murdock McCuspic and Dan MacLeod.

May 1, 1985 -The Reporter P. 12
Alice Burke Epitomy of L'Ardoise Spirit (Picture)
When Alice Burke died last Sunday, those who knew her felt a part of the community had disappeared as well. Without her community spirit and leadership, Steven Sampson said he and others would not have been motivated to become active in community affairs. Burke, 92, died in Sydney City Hospital. She was born and raised in Lower L'Ardoise, the daughter of the late Amos and Elizabeth (Goswell) Landry. She was a telephone operator for 34 years with the L'Ardoise Mutual Telephone Co. Among her many activities, Burke was one of the original members of the Home and School Association, a member of  LeFANE, a founding member of L'Ardoise Historical Society, and an original member of the Ladies Social Club. Burke participated in the L'Ardoise Acadian Festival each year, contributing hand-made Articles. One of Burke's major regrets, which she uttered before she died, was that she would not be able to complete a quilt she was making for the festival, Sampson said. "Education was a priority with her...she always made her point and accepted the opinions of others...she never complained," Sampson said. Burke was thought of as a sort of good luck charm to the community, Sampson said. He related and incident where a child who lost a wallet called to ask Burke to say a prayer on the child's behalf. Soon after that, the wallet was found.

April 21, 1985
Lower L'Ardoise - Mrs. Alice Sophia Burke, 92, Lower L'Ardoise, died Sunday in Sydney City Hospital. Born in Lower L'Ardoise, she was a daughter of the late Amos and Elizabeth (Goswell) Landry. She was a telephone operator for over 30  years with L'Ardoise Mutual Telephone Co. She was a member of Holy Guardian Parish, the parish council and Catholic Women's League. At the time of her death, she was actively involved in L'Ardoise Historical Society and Federation Acadians. Surviving are a daughter, Frances (Mrs. Arthur Brymer), Lower L'Ardoise; four sons, James, Halifax; George and Vincent, both of Lower L'Ardoise; and John, Bear[sic:Barra] Head; a brother, Robert, Halifax; 21 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Henry, an infant daughter, two sisters, Elizabeth and Jane; four brothers, John, Harry, Humphrey and Alex; two half-brothers, Freeman and Passien; a half-sister, Charlotte; a grandson, Phillip. The body is in Holy Guardian Angels Funeral Home, L'Ardoise. Funeral will be 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in Holy Guardian Church, Rev. Basil Boudreau officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Nova Scotia Heart Foundation.

Apr 18, 1964
Alonzo Sampson, widely known Lower L'Ardoise merchant, died in City Hospital Saturday. He was 75. Unmarried, he is survived by five brothers, James, Lower L'Ardoise; Martin, Greenwood, N.S.; Napoleon, Halifax; Ernest, Sydney and Barnaby, L'Ardoise. Mr. Samspon was employed with the Cape Breton Electric Company for several years. The remains are resting at the home of Rose Mombourquette, Lower L'Ardoise. The funeral will be held Tuesday with Mass of Requiem in Guardian Angel Church at 10:30 a.m. Interment will be in the parish cemetery.

May 1956
Arthur U. Samson
The recent passing of Arthur U Samson, of Lower L'Ardoise has removed from that district a man, who was well and favorably known having served the district in the Municipal Council for several terms. Arthur U., as he was familiarly known by his friends had been a patient in the VG Hospital, Halifax, for several weeks. our L'Ardoise Correspondent will send us a fuller obituary of the late Mr. Samson. We extend out sympathy to the bereaved wife and family.

Feb 25, 1981
Barnaby Sampson
Barnaby George Samspon, 86, of Sydney, formerly of Lower L'Ardoise, died Wednesday in St. Rita Hospital. Born in Lower L'Ardoise , he was a son of the late George and Sarah Sampson. He resided in Lower L'Ardoise most of his live in lived in Sydney for a number of years. He was a member of St. Mary's Church and Club 55. He is survived by his wife, the former Margaret Peters; two sons, Napoleon, Pondville, and Martin, Cheticamp; nine daughters, Laura (Mrs. Fred Pottie), Halifax; Kathleen (Mrs. Alonzo Pottie), Toronto; Rose (Mrs. Roy MacLean), Sydney River; Sarah (Mrs. Alvin Pyke), Annerine (Mrs. Jonathon Desveaux), Marie (Mrs. Albert Mombourquette), and Janet (Mrs. Allen Arsenault), all of Sydney; Mary (Mrs. David Campbell) and Doris (Mrs. Ralph Allen), both of South Bar; a brother, Ernest, Sydney; 41 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by five brothers, a daughter and two infant sons. The body is in T.W. Curry's Parkview Chapel. Funeral will be 11 a.m. Saturday in Our Guardian Angel Church, L'Ardoise, Rev. Stanley MacDonald officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.

Oct 10, 1977
Charles F. Bonin
Lower L'Ardoise - Charles F. Bonin, 74, of Lower L'Ardoise Died Monday at home. Born in Lower L'Ardoise, he was the son of the late Jean Celestan and Catharine (Fougere) Bonin. He is survived by one son, Charles F., California; one daughter, Mrs. Claire Marie Dawson, Halifax; three sisters, Beatrice, Seattle, Wash.; Mrs. Magnolia Copeland, Dartmouth and Mrs. Margaret L. O'Hearn, Pondville. He was predeceased by four brothers, John Jr.; John Sr.; Fred and George and his sister Mrs. Nora Briand. The body is at L'Ardoise Parish Funeral Home, funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. from the Church of Holy Guardian Angel. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Mar 3, 1976
C.F. O'Brien
The death of Charles Francis O'Brien of L'Ardoise occurred Wednesday at his home. He was 66. He is survived by his wife, the former Mary Sampson; four sons, Sonny, Fred, Cero and Raymond, all of L'Ardoise; and three daughters, Hilda, Mrs. Malcolm Shaw of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Jean, Mrs. Ronald Jones, Sarnia Ont., Ann, Mrs. Joseph Briand of L'Ardoise. The body is resting at home. The funeral service will be held Friday and 11 a.m. at the L'Ardoise Community Centre. The Rev. Clarence MacDonald will officiate and burial will be in the parish cemetery.

Oct 28, 1981
Asphyxiation Cause of Death
RCMP are conducting an investigation into the death of David Sampson, 40, of L'Ardoise who died in a city police cell Wednesday night. An autopsy performed Thursday found that Sampson died of asphyxiation. Sampson was found dead shortly before 9 p.m. Wednesday, about 30 minutes after he was placed in the cell. police Chief John MacIntyre said Sampson was stripped of his belt, shoe laces before he was placed in the cell. He was found dead by the officer on duty. Chief MacIntyre conducted his own investigation but said RCMP are also conducting an investigation and will submit their report to the attorney-general's department. MacIntyre said RCMP usually conduct an investigation when an  inmate is found dead in a cell.

Nov 1944
The Late D.K. Matheson
our L'Ardoise notes this week contain the news of the death of an old and esteemed friend, Mr. D.K. Matheson, a resident of Lower L'Ardoise during the major part of his life. He dies in Memorial Hospital, Inverness, last week after being a patient in that institution for only a brief period. Mr. Matheson was a nephew of the late Joseph Matheson, who represented Richmond County in the Legislature of this province and subsequently for a term in the House of Commons. "D.K." as he was often affectionately referred to was a good business man and conducted a successful business at L'Ardoise for many years in conjunction with his uncle, and during his business career made and retained many friends. He was frequently a visitor at the Record Office and no visitor was more warmly welcomed. He retired from business many years ago and his retirement was much regretted by his numerous patrons. He have known Mr. Matheson for the past 30 odd years and we have always found him a most genial and friendly man. Possessed of  much wealth, he was always modest and friendly towards all, and wherever he was known the news of his death will occasion much sorrow among many old friends who will miss him for many years to come. The Richmond County Record extends to his widow (a daughter of another old friend, the late Warden William Chisholm) its most sincere sympathy in her sad bereavement. 

Nov 27, 1944
Well Known Cape Breton Merchant Dies in L'Ardoise
Donald Kenneth Matheson, retired businessman of Lower L'Ardoise was buried last Wednesday at Grand River. The funeral was largely attended and the services were conducted by the Rev. M.A. MacMillan. Pallbearers were Colin Matheson, Alex Matheson, Mike Murphy, Alexander Cruickshanks, James Curry and Roderick MacKillop. The services were conducted in the church that Mr. Matheson attended from infancy. He was in his seventy-eighth year. Left to mourn his loss are his widow, formerly Margaret Chisholm, a brother, Duncan and many relatives, besides a host of friends. D.K. as he was familiarly known by a multitude of friends, was born in L'Ardoise Highlands and as a boy started a business at Lower L'Ardoise with his uncle, Joseph Matheson, who at one time was member for Richmond County at Ottawa. D.K. was a man beloved by all and many of the commercial travellers who knew him in business will know they have lost a friend. Those who were close to him will greatly miss the quiet spoken, kindly D.K.

Aug 21, 1961
Duncan Matheson, Well known had highly esteemed resident of Lower L'Ardoise, died in the City Hospital Monday. He was 89. Mr. Matheson was born in Grand River, the son of the late Duncan and Catherine Matheson. He resided in Lower L'Ardoise for most of his life. He is survived by a son, Hugh, in the United States, and three nieces, Mrs. Donald Kemp, Grand River; Mrs. Ronald MacLean and Mrs. Archie MacBeth of the United States. Mrs. MacLean is at present in L'Ardoise. Mr. Matheson was a member of the Grand River Presbyterian Church. He operated a farm in Lower L'Ardoise for the past number of years. The remains are resting at the family residence. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. 

Also....
Matheson: The funeral of the late Duncan Matheson of Lower L'Ardoise will take place from Presbyterian Church, Grand River, Thursday at 3 p.m. Interment in Grand River Cemetery

1961
Mrs. D.K. Matheson
The death of Mrs. D.K. Matheson occurred Monday, Oct. 16, in Toronto. The former Margaret Chisholm of Loch Lomond, Mrs. Matheson was for many years an esteemed resident of Lower L'Ardoise. She had moved to Toronto after the death of her husband several years ago. She is survived by three sisters, Miss. I.M. Chisholm; Boston; Mrs. Angus MacDonald, St. Peter's; and Miss Lena Chisholm, Toronto, and one brother, William Chisholm, also in Toronto. Following cremations in Toronto, the remains will arrive today at the home of her nephew, Earl MacDonald, in St. Peter's, where funeral services will be held Friday morning at 10:30. Committal service will take place at 11:00 in Grand River Cemetery.

Nov 30, 1980
Edward James Madden
Point Michaud -Edward James Madden, 69, of Point Michaud, Richmond County, died Sunday in St. Rita Hospital, Sydney. Born in Point Michaud, he was the son of the late Daniel and Catherine (Murphy) Madden. He is survived by his wife, the former Jean Sampson; three daughters, Donalda (Mrs. James Branton) and Laura (Mrs. Lloyd Branton) both of Halifax, and Lila (Mrs. Gary Guinard), Sackville; five sons, Daniel and Thomas, both of St. Peter's; Patrick and Bertram, both of Point Michaud, and Edward, Sampsonville; three sisters, Mrs. Mary Monolopoulos, Halifax; Mrs. Frances Sampson, L'Ardoise, and Mrs. Laura Gillian, St. Peter's; a brother, Brother Bertram Madden, CSC, West Haven, Conn.; and Seven grandchildren. He was predeceased by two sisters, Margaret and Mary Rose, and a brother, Donald. The body is in the L'Ardoise Funeral Home. Funeral service will be Wednesday at 10: 15 a.m. in Holy Guardian Angels Church, L'Ardoise, Rev. Clarence MacDonald officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.

Nov 26, 1966
Ernest A. Martell
The death of Ernest A. Martell, 73, former Postmaster of L'Ardoise, occurred Saturday in St. Rita Hospital, Sydney, where he had been a patient for the past month. Mr. Martell is survived by his wife Marguerite (O'Toole), four sons, Cyril J., Canarian Johns-Manville representative, Moncton, N.B.; Jerome, L'Ardoise; Ernest, Halifax, N.S., and Father Michael, Rose, Italy, who is at present home; also three daughters, Mrs. Pat Murdock, Set Island, P.Q., (Jean, R.N.); Mrs. Jim MacDonald, Calgary, Alta., (Joan, R.N.); and Mrs. Les Martell, New Jersey, U.S.A. (Caroline); two sisters, Mrs. Blance Martell, R.N., and Mrs. C.I. Cameron, St.Peter's, C.B. Mr. Martel was a member of Holy Guardian Angels Church, was very active in community affairs and active in St. Peter's Council, Knights of Columbus. His remains will rest at his residence in L'Ardoise until Tuesday when mass will be held at 3:30 p.m., from Holy Guardian Angels Church. Interment in Parish Cemetery.

Oct 6, 1979
Fred O'Brien
Fred Ernie O'Brien, 35, died Saturday, Oct 6, at his home in Rockdale, Richmond County. Born in L'Ardoise, he was a son of Mrs. Mary (Sampson) O'Brien and the late Charles O'Brien. Besides his mother, Mr. O'Brien is survived by his wife, the former Elizabeth Sampson, one son, Joseph, and two daughters, Laurie and Mary; three brothers, Francis, Cyril, and Raymond, all of L'Ardoise; three sisters, (Anne) Mrs. Joseph Briand, L'Ardoise, (Hilda) Mrs. Malcolm Shaw, Yukon, and (Jean) Mrs. Ron James, Sarnia, Ont. The funeral took place this morning, with Mass celebrated in the Church of the Holy Guardian Angel, L'Ardoise, by Rev, Clarence MacDonald and interment in the parish cemetery.

Mar 2, 1986
George W. Campbell
Lower L'Ardoise - George Walter Campbell, 81, of Lower L'Ardoise, died Sunday in Strait Richmond Hospital, Evanston. Born in Lower L'Ardoise, he was a son of the late Benjamin and Marian (Mombourquette) Campbell. He is survived by six nieces, Mrs. Clarence Stone, Mrs. Joel Mombourquette, Mrs. Peter Berrette, Mrs. James Briand, and Mrs. Albert Briand. He was predeceased by three sisters, Emeline, Catherine, and Mary; one brother, Henry. The body is in the L'Ardoise Parish Funeral Home. Funeral mass will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday in Holy Guardian Angel Church, L'Ardoise, Rev. Basil Boudreau officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.

Jan 1976 (Picture)
Leo Sampson, 58, a ruddy faced fisherman from West L'Ardoise is a little overwhelmed as he is presented with a cheque for $1 million by Julien Cote, chief of  the Olympic Lottery, at a Montreal ceremony Thursday.

Feb 27, 1976
Lottery Money Winner Dies
Gerald P. Sampson, of West L'Ardoise, who recently made national headlines by winning a $million first prize in the Olympic Lottery, dies at his home Friday. He was 62. The retired fisherman had been in ill health for sometime and stayed away from the lottery presentation about a month ago. Instead he sent on of this brothers to pick up the winnings. Mr. Sampson was a son of the late Pascal and Jane Martell Sampson. He is survived four brothers, Clarence in Massachusetts, Wallace, Leo and Gordon, at home; seven sisters. Rose, home; (Mrs. Mae Kawuza), Irene (Mrs. Joseph Gaudet), West L'Ardoise, Mrs. Emma Martell, Emiline (Mrs. Bertram Martell), L'Ardoise, Sophie (Mrs. Harold Doe), Toronto and Delia (Mrs. Bernie Rogers), Halifax. The body rests at his home in West L'Ardoise. The funeral will be held Monday from the L'Ardoise Community Centre at 10. a.m. with Rev. Clarence MacDonald officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.

1961
The death of Miss. Gladys Berthier occurred at the Victoria General Hospital, Halifax, on Wednesday, May 31. A well known and highly esteemed resident of West L'Ardoise, she was in her 22nd. year and her passing will be regretted by a wide circle of friends. Besides her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Tranquil Berthier, she is survived by three sisters, Annie (Mrs. Fred Burke) River Bourgeois; Margaret and Theresa, at home; two brothers, Alexander and Abraham, West L'Ardoise. The remains arrived on Friday morning. Funeral was held Monday morning.

Apr 20, 1987
Irene E. Barrett
Lower L'Ardoise - Irene E. Barrett, 60, Lower L'Ardoise, Richmond County, died Monday in the Halifax Infirmary. Born in Lower L'Ardoise, she was a daughter of Nataline (Peters) and the late Wilfred J. Sampson. She was a member of Holy Guardian Angels Parish, Lower L'Ardoise. She is survived by her husband, Wilfred A., Lower L'Ardoise, a son, Jerome, Halifax; six sisters, Serena (Mrs. Walter Barrett), Del (Mrs. John Morgan), Catherine (Mrs. Doug Romans), Agnes (Mrs. Howard MacLean) and Angeline, al of Halifax; Carol (Mrs. Wesley Eager), West Bay; six brothers, Angus, Jules, Louis, Abraham and Ambrose, all of Lower L'Ardoise; Jack, Boston; two grandchildren. Besides her father, she was predeceased by a brother, Charlie. The body will be in Holy Guardian Parish Funeral Home after 2 p.m. today. Funeral will be 10 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home, Rev. Basil Boudreau officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. Donations may be made to the Dr. Kingston Memorial Fund.

Feb 3, 1961
Struck by Car
James Longophy Accident Victim
James Leo Longophy, 57, of West L'Ardoise was killed instantly Friday night when he was struck by a car not far from his home. Police said Longophy was walking west on the highway when he was struck by an automobile operated by Peter Abraham Burky of West l'Ardoise. Coroner P.A. Ross ordered an inquest for next week.

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1961
Inquest Jury Probes Death
A verdict of accidental death was returned by a coroner's jury in St. Peter's last night into the Feb. 3 highway death of James Leo Longophy of West L'Ardoise. Longophy was killed when he was struck by a car operated by Peter Abraham Burkey of West L'Ardoise. The jury attached no blame to the driver of the car. The jury was told that Longophy died from Multiple injuries suffered in the accident.

No date
The death occured Tuesday of James Mombourquette, 76, former Councillor of Rockdale-Richmond County, after an illness of the past year. A prominent Richmond County citizen, the deceased was closely connected with Co-operative Fisherman's Society of Richmond County and the loss of his sound advice and keen judgement will be deeply felt. For the past number of years, the late Mr. Mombourquette operated a saw-mill. From his boat shed dozens of boats now sailing off the Island were launched and the deceased's ability as a designer and boat builder was widely known. Besides his widow, he is survived by two sons and a daughter in Richmond County, a son and daughter in Detroit, U.S.A., a brother in Halifax and a sister in L'Ardoise, C.B. A sister Mrs. Catherine Sampson, Sydney predeceased him four years ago. The funeral will take place from the L'Ardoise Church with burial in the family lot.

1958
The death of John C. Martell occurred at his home on Tuesday, Dec 8. A well known and highly respected life long resident of L'Ardoise, he was in his 91st. year and his passing which followed a lengthy illness will be learned with deep regret by a host of friends and neighbors and acquaintances. Besides his widow he is survived by four sons and a daughter. They are - James, Courtyard Ontario; Dominick, Halifax, Ernest and William, L'Ardoise; Mrs. Hilda Miller, formerly of Halifax who now resides with her parents. A son, Frank, resident of Sydney, predeceased him seven months ago. The funeral services took place at Guardian church on Thursday morning.

1977
John Eric Ferguson
Lower L'Ardoise - Funeral services for John Eric Ferguson, 54, of Montreal, who dies at L'Ardoise, July 21, were held in the Holy Guardian Angel Church on Saturday with the participation of the Royal Canadian Legion. Burial was in Ferguson's Lake cemetery. Born in Ferguson's Lake, he was the son of Rod D. Ferguson and the late Elsie (Tidlund) Ferguson. Besides his father, he is survived by his wife, the former Lorraine Dollmaier; one daughter, Elaine; one sister, Mae, and one brother, Neil, both of Boston.

Mar 7, 1977
Man Victim in Mishap
Joseph Alexander Bona, 54, of Lower L'Ardoise, died Monday in a snowmobile accident. Born in Lower L'Ardoise he was a son of the late William and Maris (LeRue) Bona. Besides his wife, the former Rosemary Sampson, Mr. Bona is survived by one daughter, Shirley Anne, at home, and one son, Clifford, Lower L'Ardoise; two grandsons, one brother, Ned, Lower L'Ardoise; two sisters, Mrs. Mae Boudreau, Lower L'Ardoise and Mrs. Rebecca Pottie, West L'Ardoise. His body rests at his late residence. Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday in Holy Guardian Angel Church, and interment will take place in the parish cemetery.

Jan 9, 1981
Joseph S. Sampson
Lower L'Ardoise - Joseph S. Sampson, 86, of Lower L'Ardoise, died Friday in St. Rita Hospital, Sydney. Born in Lower L'Ardoise, he was a son of the late Simon S. and Jane (DeCoste) Sampson. He is survived by his wife, the former Margaret Mary Bellefontaine; a son, John James, at home; four daughters, Irene (Mrs. Edward J. Levy), Halifax; Marie (Mrs. Joseph Bona), Lower L'Ardoise, Madeline (Mrs. Albert J. Sampson). Lower L'Ardoise, and Mary Rose, at home; a sister Tilly (Mrs. Charles Dakai), Middle Cape; 16 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by four brothers, Charles, Benny, Alex and Albert, and a daughter, Dorothy. The body is in L'Ardoise Parish Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held 10:20 a.m. Monday in Church of the Holy Guardian Angel, L'Ardoise. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.

Mar 13, 1986
Justian Sampson
Lower L'Ardoise - Justian Sampson, 84, of Lower L'Ardoise, Inverness County [sic], died Thursday at home. Born in Lower L'Ardoise, he was a son of the late John and Margaret (Mombourquette) Sampson. He is survived by a brother, Daniel, Lower L'Ardoise; three sisters, Mary M. Stone and Rose Sutherland, both of St. Peter's, Louise Gracie, Halifax. He was predeceased by three brothers, Marin, William and Alias [sic: Elias]; a sister Matilda. The body will be in L'Ardoise Parish Funeral Home on Saturday and Sunday. Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Monday from Church of Holy Guardian Angels, L'Ardoise, Rev. Basil Boudreau officiating. Burial will be in parish cemetery.

1983
Justin (Gus) Berrette
Justin (Gus) Berrette, 65, St. Peter's, formerly of Lower L'Ardoise, died Sunday, February 13, 1983, at St. Rita Hospital, Sydney. Born at Lower L'Ardoise he was a son of the late James J. and Ada (Sampson) Berrette. He is survived by one sister, Margaret, St. Peter's. The body is resting at the L'Ardoise Funeral Home. The funeral will be held at the Church of the Holy Guardian Angel, Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. with Rev. C. MacDonald officiating. Interment, parish cemetery.

Apr 27, 1978
Mrs. Lena Sampson
Mrs. Lena Sampson, 80, widow of the late Arthur U. Sampson, L'Ardoise, died Thursday at the home of her brother, Alphonse Martell, L'Ardoise. A daughter of the late Patient and Rose (Sampson) Martell, she was born in L'Ardoise. Mrs. Sampson is survived by two sons, Walter and Richard, L'Ardoise; and two daughters, Mrs. Rose Dorothy, New Brunswick; and Jean, Mrs. Edward Madden, Point Michaud; three brothers, Alphonse, L'Ardoise; Ephraim, and Angus, Dartmouth, N.S.; one sisters, Sister Mary Cephas, Mt. St. Vincent, Halifax; 21 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by four brothers. Her body rests at the L'Ardoise Parish Funeral Home. Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Sunday in Holy Guardian Angel Church, by Rev. Clarence MacDonald, and interment will take place in the parish cemetery.

1967
Martin D. Sampson
Funeral services were held at L'Ardoise Tuesday for Martin D. Sampson, a prominent resident of Lower L'Ardoise who died April 1 in St. Rita Hospital. Mr. Sampson is survived by his widow, a daughter, Mrs. James Burke, Halifax; a son, Alex, at home and a sister Mrs. Alfie Poirier, Halifax. Requiem Mass was conducted by Father Rogers. Burial took place in the parish cemetery.

Dec 27, 1985
Mary Adele Sampson
Lower Sackville - Mary Adele Sampson, 95, of Lower Sackville, formerly of L'Ardoise, Richmond County, died Friday at home. Born in L'Ardoise, she was a daughter of the late Jules and Delina (Boudreau) Briand. She is survived by six daughters, Evelyn (Mrs. Thomas McGrath), Lower L'Ardoise; Christina (Mrs. William McKenzie), St. Peter's; Alvina (Mrs. Charles Westlake), Liverpool; Mary (Mrs. Freeman Siteman), Annie (Mrs. William Hill) and Mrs. Delina Martell, all of Lower Sackville; six sons, Albert and Jules, Lower L'Ardoise; Alfie, Rockdale; Cornelius, Halifax; Ray, Beaver Bank; and Arthur, Lower Sackville; 63 grandchildren; 79 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; three great-great-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Freeman; a son Urban; two daughters, Clara and Alvina; several brothers and sisters. The body is in Holy Guardian Angels Parish Funeral Home, L'Ardoise. Funeral service will he 1 p.m. today in Holy Guardian Angel Church Rev. Basil Boudreau officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.

Sept 19, 1975
Mrs. M.A. Raney
Mrs. Mary Agnes Raney, 86, of Point Michaud, died Friday evening in the home of her sons John in Lower L'Ardoise. Born in Lower L'Ardoise, she was a daughter of the late Jeffery and Mary (Boudreau) Gracie. Predeceased by her husband, Michael, Mrs. Raney is survived by three sons, John, Michael, and Joseph and Four daughters, Mrs. Mary MacKay and Agnes (Mrs. George Matheson), Grand River, Martha (Mrs. Leo Gracie), Point Michaud, and Elizabeth (Mrs. Bernard Dube), Kitchener, Ont.; also 23 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her daughter Catherine, and by her son Richard, who died overseas in military service in 1945; also by two sisters and four brothers. Her body rests at the home of her son, John. Funeral Mass was celebrated by Rev. Clarence MacDonald Monday morning in L'Ardoise Community Centre, and interment took place in Holy Guardian Angel Parish Cemetery. 

May 17, 1973
Mrs. Mary Catherine Berthier, 69, of West L'Ardoise, died Thursday at St. Anne Hospital in Arichat. Besides her husband, Tranquil, she is survived by three daughters, Annie (Mrs. Fred Burke), River Bourgeois, Marguerite (Ms. Robert Clarke), Long Sault, Ont., Theresa (Mrs. Darrell MacDonald) Moose Jaw, Sask.; two sons, Alex, West L'Ardoise and Abraham, Petite de Grat. One brother, James Landry, Rockdale, also survives. She was predeceased by a daughter Gladys. The body rests at the residence. Funeral service will be held Sunday at 10:30 a.m. from Holy Guardian Angel Parish Centre with Father Stanley MacDonald officiating. Interment will be in the parish cemetery. 

April 1985
Mrs. Mary Sampson
The death occured of Mrs. Mary Viola MacKay-MacLeod-Sampson, age 78, at the Dartmouth General Hospital, an April 13, 1985. She was the adopted daughter of Donald John MacKay and Margaret Morris of Grand River. She is survived by Don Allen MacLeod, Port Hood; Alice (Mrs. Raymond DeBaie), Dartmouth; Johnny and Dan J. MacLeod of Halifax; Robert and Alexander MacLeod, Lower L'Ardoise; Freddie Sampson, Hamilton, Ont.; Rose Landry, Quebec; 20 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husbands Jacob MacLeod and Martin Sampson; and a daughter, Bertha Mayor. Funeral services were held at the Holy Guardian Angel Parish in L'Ardoise. Mass was celebrated by Basil Boudreau. Funeral arrangements by C.H. Boudreau Funeral Home. Special thanks to Father Basil Boudreau, C.H. Boudreau Funeral Home, the pallbearers, and Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Sampson and family. 
(There is a second brief version of the obit in the clipping as well.)

July 8, 1985
Michael G. Conrad
Lower L'Ardoise - Michael Gerard Conrad, 19, of Lower L'Ardoise died Monday as the result of a motorcycle accident. Born in Halifax, he was a son of Jack and Myra (Harker) Conrad. He graduated as a machinist from Canso Regional Vocational School, Port Hawkesbury. He was a member of the band Recking Machine and a member of Holy Guardian Angel Church, L'Ardoise. He is survived by his stepfather, Raymond O'Brien, L'Ardoise; a brother, Troy, at home; paternal grandfather, Ralph Conrad, Vancouver Island, B.C.; maternal grandparents, Rose and Roy Harker, L'Ardoise; maternal great grandmother, Mrs. Angeline Peters, L'Ardoise. The body is in Holy Guardian Angel Church vestry, L'Ardoise, where the funeral will be 10 a.m. Thursday, Rev. Basil Boudreau officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.

Apr 29, 1977
M.J. Murphy
Michael J. Murphy, 82, of Lower L'Ardoise died yesterday in Richmond Villa, St. Peter's. A son of the late William and Mary (McNeil) Murphy, he was born in Lower L'Ardoise. He was a merchant, and before his retirement in 1973 had operated a store in his home community for more that 40 years. He was a veteran of World War One. He was twice married. His first wife, the former Sadie MacLean, predeceased him in 1950; his second wife, the former Margaret Birette, in 1970. Mr. Murphy is survived by two daughters, Mildred (Mrs. Charles S. Sampson), Lower L'Ardoise, and Lorraine (Mrs. Evariste Theriault), Ottawa, and an adopted son, Ivan Boudreau, Lynden, Ont., one sister Mrs. Katherine Burke, Halifax; 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his son, Arnold, in 1952, and one sister, Mrs. Mary Jamison. His body rests at the L'Ardoise Parish Funeral Home. Mass will be celebrated by Rev. Clarence MacDonald at 2 p.m. Sunday in Holy Guardian Angel Church, and interment will take place in the parish cemetery under the direction of the Alex Morrison Funeral Servicem St. Peter's. 

1928
Sagacious Canine Finds Man's Body (Picture)
A "snap" of Mike Rheberg, of L'Ardoise, C.B., taken with his hound "Jersey" which found Mr. McDonald's remains at Big Pond, C.B., where he had gone astray in the woods while getting his cows home. He had fallen over a precipice and killed himself during the night of the 6, of October and was only found when Mr. Rheberg went with Jersey on the 12th. The woods had been searched and no trace of the man was to be seen, until the hound found him.

Lower L'Ardoise Boy Prisoner of War
No year
L'Ardoise, October 23. - Word has some to Michael Sampson of Lower L'Ardoise, that his son Private Joseph Sampson, of the 185th Highlanders is officially reported as a prisoner of war. Private Sampson was reported missing September 10th and was believed to be dead. He enlisted at L'Ardoise when the Highlanders were recruiting and has been in active service for the past two years.

L'Ardoise, June 8 (No year)
The community of L'Ardoise was saddened recently by the passing of Miss. Minnie Victoria MacNeil, better known to a wide circle of friends and relatives as "Minnie V." Daughter of the late Angus and Julia (Mombourquette) MacNeil, she aw born at L'Ardoise 90 years ago, and for 32 years taught school. Although in failing health for sometime death  came sudden. of kind and charitable disposition, she endeared herself to all who knew her. She is survived by a brother Charles and a number of nieces and nephews. The largely attended funeral took place at Holy Guardian Angel Church, L'Ardoise. Interment was in the church cemetery. 
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Also in this clipping are the following....
Mrs. Catherine Sampson was returned home, having spent the winter months in Halifax at the home of her son Bert and Family.
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Mr. and Mrs. Willie Grady and son, Halifax, have returned to spend the summer in L'Ardoise.
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Miss Stella Boyd, River Bourgeois, was a recent guest of her sister Mrs. Malcolm MacNeil.
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Russell Sampson, Halifax, spent the weekend with his father, Fred H. Sampson, L'Ardoise. Also visiting his father was Mr. and Mrs. Howard Sampson and son Murray.
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Mary Gracie, Sydney, accompanied by Mrs. Bunn was a recent guests [sic] of Mrs. Mary Gracie.

1961
L'Ardoise, Dec 28 - Sympathy is being extended Pascal Samson and members of the family on the death of Mrs. Samson recently at the family home, following a long period of illness. Surviving besides her husband are seven daughters and five sons, all of whom with the exception of Clarence, in the United States, attended the funeral. Services was held from the Guardian Angel parish church where requiem mass was celebrated by Rev. P. A. LeBlanc, pastor. Interment took place in the parish cemetery, Rev. Fr. G. Arsenault officiated at the graveside services.

Killed in Action (Picture)
Grand River, April 27 (No year) - A well known Pt. Michaud boy, Pte. Richard Joseph Raney, son of Mrs. Mary Raney and the late Michael Raney, has been killed in action in Belgium according to work received by his mother. News of his death occasioned keen regret and widespread mourning throughout Pt. Michaud and surrounding districts where he was held in popular esteem by countless friends and acquaintances. Besides his mother, he is survived by three brothers and four sisters, John, Joseph, Michael, Martha and Elizabeth at home; Mrs. George (Agnes) Matheson, Grand River, N.S., and Mary in Sydney. A sister, Catherine, predeceased him 18 months ago. Pte. Raney was killed several days prior to his 19th birthday, and had been overseas since December of last year.

1986
Mrs. Rose Marie Sampson, 75, Lower L'Ardoise, died at Strait Richmond Hospital, Friday April 4. Born at Lower L'Ardoise, she was the daughter of the late Simon and Mary (Murphy) Sampson. She was a life long resident of the area and prior to her retirement in 1974 she was employed for 36 years as teacher with the Richmond County Municipal School Board. Surviving are her husband, Leonard, one son, Gregory, Halifax and two daughters, Bernadette Fraser, Antigonish and Ann Burke, Toronto; one brother, Anthony, Lower L'Ardoise  and four granddaughters. The body is resting in the L'Ardoise Parish Funeral Home. The funeral mass will take place at the Church of the Holy Guardian Angel, Monday, at 10 a.m. Interment will be made in parish cemetery.

1986
Mrs. Sabine Sampson, 94, Rockdale, Richmond County, died Sunday, June 8 at Strait Richmond Hospital. Born in L'Ardoise, she was the daughter of the late Frederick and Flavie (Martell) Martell. She was a member of Holy Guardian Angel Church and an honorary member of the C.W.L. Surviving are three sons, Clyde, Bernard, and Henry (Harry), all of Rockdale; two daughters, Anne (Mrs. Ben Hines), Rockdale and Doris (Mrs. Ron Campbell), Azilda, Ont., several grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, Charles, a son in infancy, three brothers and two sisters. The body is resting at the L'Ardoise Parish Funeral Home. The funeral will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Holy Guardian Angel Church with Rev. B. Boudreau officiating. Interment will be made in parish cemetery.

1958 (Picture behind article)
Railliner Hits Truck - Man Killed at Level Crossing
One man was killed and another critically injured Wednesday when the truck in which they were riding collided with the fast moving C.N.R. Railliner on a level crossing near the Co-Op. warehouse at Sydney River. Dead is Sylvester Peters, 21, of L'Ardoise and in hospital with serious head injuries and a broken arm is Joseph C. Mombourquette, 49, also of L'Ardoise. Peters died almost two hours after being admitted to St. Rita Hospital. Coroner A.D. Muggah has ordered an inquest into the fatality for Oct 29 at the court house. Peters was a passenger in the truck operated by Mombourquette and had come to Sydney on business. The fatal mishap occurred about 8:45 a.m. Passengers on the Railliner were delayed for about 90 minutes to await the arrival of a second Railliner. Damage to the CNR passenger carrier was confined to the front section. The 1957 model vehicle was damaged to such an extent that the wooden box and parts of the machine were scattered over 50 yards from the point of compact. Mombourquette was to have picked up a load of material at the Sydney River Warehouse to take back to L'Ardoise. The fatal mishap occurred on a dirt road off King's Road that lead to the Co-Op grounds. RCMP in Sydney are conducting an investigation. Mombourquette's condition late last night was still considered critical. Peters had been employed as a hotel clerk with the Lord Nelson Hotel in Halifax for the past 4 years. He had been home on vacation for the past two weeks. He is survived by his father, Existe Peters, a well known farmer and fisherman in the L'Ardoise district and his mother, the former Florence Sampson of the same community. Six brothers; Clarence, Joseph, George, and Gerard all in Halifax and James and Quinton at home; and four sisters, Angeline, Jean and Emeline residing in Halifax and Margie at home also survive. The remains are resting at the family residence in L'Ardoise. the funeral is expected to be held Saturday morning in the Guardian Angel church in L'Ardoise. Interment in the parish cemetery.

Aug 31, 1987
McGrath, Thomas John - 84, of Lower L'Ardoise, died Monday in Sydney City Hospital. Born in Lower L'Ardoise, he was the son of the late Thomas john and Margaret (Murphy) McGrath. He was a retired fisherman and for many years was active in the credit union and co-op movements. He is survived by his wife, the former Evelyn Sampson; three sons, Robert, Newcastle, N.B.; Emmett, Porter's Lake; Michael, St. Peter's; three daughters, Marie (Mrs. David Kemp), Dartmouth; Sharon, L'Ardoise; Irene (Mrs. Leo Briand), Lower Sackville; a brother, Billy, Halifax; four sisters Mildred (Mrs. Jeffery Landrey) and Kate (Mrs. Willie Sampson) both of Lower L'Ardoise; Agnes (Mrs. Gerald McNeil), Halifax; Lizzie (Mrs. Pat Sampson), Sydney; 15 grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Robert; two sisters, Mary Agnes and Sarah. The body is in the L'Ardoise Funeral Home. Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday in Church of the Holy Guardian Angel, Rev. Basil Boudreau officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. Donations may be made to Scarborough Foreign Mission or L'Ardoise Medical Clinic.

June 24, 1985
Walter Peterson
L'Ardoise - Walter Peterson, 70, of L'Ardoise, Richmond County, died Monday in St. Martha's Hospital, Antigonish. Born in Halifax, he was a son of the late Peter and Martha (Morvin) Peterson Sampson. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family. He is survived by two nephews and a niece.  He was predeceased by his wife, the former Jean Cleveland; a brother, Bert; and stepfather, William Sampson. The body is in L'Ardoise Funeral Home. Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Thursday in Church of the Holy Guardian Angel, Rev. Basil Boudreau officiating. Burial will be in parish cemetery.

June 14, 1986
Wilfred Boulet, 85, of L'Ardoise died Saturday at St. Martha Hospital, Antigonish. Born in St. Paul, Quebec, he was the son of the late Albert and Anna (Proulx) Boulet. He was a retired heavy equipment operator and a member of Holy Guardian Angel Church. He is survived by his wife the former Loretta (Rita) Mombourquette; two sons, Camille of l'Ardoise and Jacques of St. Peter's, a brother Gerard of Granby, Quebec; four grandchildren. He was predeceased by two sisters and three brothers. The body is in the L'Ardoise Parish Funeral Home. Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday at 10 a.m. in Holy Guardian Angel Church, L'Ardoise with Rev. Basil Boudreau officiating. Interment will be in the parish cemetery under the direction of Dennis Haverstock Funeral Home, Port Hawkesbury. 

1985
William A. Sampson
William Anthony Sampson, 79, Lower L'Ardoise, died Tuesday, May 23 at the Strait Richmond Hospital. Born at Lower L'Ardoise he was a son of the late Alfred and Catherine (Mombourquette) Sampson. He was a retired fisherman and farmer, and was a life long resident of the community.  He is survived by his wife, the former Catherine McGrath, two daughters, Margaret, Mrs. Alvin Hill, Lower Sackville and Sister Lorraine, Sister of St. Martha, Antigonish, two sons, Alfred Sampsonville and Harry, L'Ardoise, three brothers, Wilfred, Richmond Villa, St. Peters, Alex and Vincent, Lower L'Ardoise, one sister, Eva Masters, Lower l'Ardoise and nine grandchildren. He was predeceased by a brother Harry and two sisters Mrs. Emma Jordan and Lillian. The body is resting at Holy Guardian Angel Funeral Home, L'Ardoise. the funeral mass will be held at Holy Guardian Angel Church, Friday at..... (Copy cut off here)

May 12, 1974
William F. Sampson
L'Ardoise - William Flavian Sampson, 95, died Sunday afternoon at his home here after a lengthy illness. Born in L'Ardoise, he was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Flavian Sampson. Shortly after the turn of the century, he married Alice Martell of Rockdale and moved to Sydney where he was employed for a number of years with the Dominion Steel and Coal Company. The, the family moved back to L'Ardoise where Mr. Sampson began a steam powered saw mill which he operated until 1936. At that time, he sold the saw mill and founded a general store known as William F. Sampson and Sons. Mr. Sampson was predeceased by his wife. He is survived by two daughters and five sons. Daughters are Mrs. Florence Boudreau, Halifax and (Martha) Mrs. William Smith, Spryfield. Sons are Wilfred, Whilinsville, Mass.; Napoleon, Gilbert, Raymond, and Lorenzo, all of L'Ardoise. The body rests at the L'Ardoise Parish Funeral Home. Funeral will be held Wednesday with mass at 10 a.m. in the L'Ardoise Community Centre. Interment will take place in the L'Ardoise cemetery.

The following clip was contributed by Jackie Brousseau.....

In the Halifax Herald, Tues 10 Feb. 1920 page 3
The L'Ardoise Herald

L'Ardoise, C.B., Feb 5 -Simon McLean, Aged 79, is dead. He had been ailing for some time and death was not unexpected. Possessed of many file qualities of his clan, he drew to himself many friends and cheered them with the strains of the bag-pipes.
Mrs. Catherine Matheson (widow) is dead at an advanced age. Deceased was well as known and enjoyed the respect and esteem of the entire community. Her sterling qualities, her kindness and sincerity, made her a model Christina woman. She is survived by two sons, Duncan and D.K., merchant, of Lower L'Ardoise. Internment took place at Grand River.
Martin Campbell, accompanied by his son, Felix, a bright lad of 12, was felling a tree. Mr Campbell cut it so as it would fall in a direction opposite to where his son stood, but the tree swerved around and crashed on the unfortunate young chap. It was thought the skull was fractured, but later he is reported as resting comfortably.

 
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