The Valley of Avondale, before the land was cleared, was noted for its grand big pine trees. As the farms were cleared, in places one could see large pine stumps, showing where the trees had been cut ─ stumps as large as oil barrels. (In those days we did not have steamships and the British government had a special claim on all pine trees fit for the making of ships' masts.) The next most important business was the burning of charcoal ― black circular spots could still be seen in fields in 1919 ― which was made for the iron smelter that was running at Upper Woodstock to melt ore from the mine near Jacksonville.
The old Barter farm in Avondale, about 1910.
On the banks of the Little Presque Isle Stream in 1943
showing the tannery and Avondale bridge.
|In Jane Barter Allen's handwriting:|
“Barter Bros Woodworking Factory, Avondale NB.
X marks buildings burnt”
School days in Avondale about 1899.
Jane and Florence Barter (Sam's daughters from his first marriage)
are at the extreme right in the second row.