Upper Big Tracadie Men’s Work

Ash brothers in a woodsawing crew circa 1940

Ash brothers in a woodsawing crew circa 1940

Men worked in the woods, in lumber camps throughout Nova Scotia and closer to home at Borden Lake on the Old Monastery road, cutting ice.  Wood saw work crews hired local men in the spring.

Charles Ash reported that his father`s occupation was `hard work`.  He worked for Haggertys` store in Monastery, at the Auguatinian Monastery in Monastery, and in pulp mills and logging camps in the surrounding area including Cape Breton.  Charles Ash himself went to work in a logging camp near James River, Antigonish county, at the age of 16 (in 1944).