Fairvale, New Brunswick
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Fairvale as I Remember it Newman Greer <1> "I remember when the section of Frances Avenue from the Shipyard Road to the Gondola Point Road was first cleared of trees. Bushes grew back in before anything further was done. At this time, Frances Avenue was surveyed 50 feet wide down the center of the land owned by Mrs. Gale on one side and her sister Mrs. Turnbull of Montreal on the other. The lots were also surveyed at this time. Later, when it was to become a government road, it was necessary that the width be 66 feet. This presented a problem because lots had been sold off on both sides at the Shipyard Road end and Dwight Magee had built a house almost larger than his lot at the Gondola Point Road end. This was resolved by obtaining the necessary land from the lot now owned by Ernie Clark at the lower end and using land on the opposite side at the upper end. This effectively changed the direction as well as widened the road and, of course, took land from the original survey of lots. This was not very well documented in the Land registration Office and I think it is misunderstood today by some land owners and surveyors. Frances Avenue is often misspelled with an “I” instead of an “E”. It was named after Frances Heaney, the daughter of the owner of the subdivision. I don’t remember anything about the Titus Shipyard at the end of the Shipyard Road as it was long before my time. A few Indians still lived in the area. One in particular named “Laughing Louis” was an unforgettable character. Although he traveled extensively on foot, a great deal of his time was spent in Fairvale. He usually lived in a small hut in the woods that he would build from whatever he could gather up in the neighborhood. He got his name from his hearty laugh – once he started, he couldn’t be stopped. Sometimes he made a few axe handles to sell or trade and, occasionally, a bow and arrow for the youngsters. Louis never worried about where his next meal would come from, because he was a likeable character and could stop at almost any house in Fairvale and be taken in for a meal. Louis must have gone to Heaven, because he was never interested in worldly wealth.” <1 Book by Newman Greer Fairvale as I Remember It >
- Limited, Canadian Almanac & Directory Publishing Company, (1998). Canadian Almanac & Directory. Copp Clark Professional. Retrieved 23 December 2014.
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