John was a very good gardener. He and his brother Allen raised horses. In the winter, they lumbered some and cut wood for their own use.
John was a skilled raftsman and took many a raft of logs down the St. John River in the spring to Springhill, a few miles above Fredericton, where there was a boom. Later, tugs from the Victoria Mills just below the city, towed the logs to the mill. He went to Western Canada on a Harvest Excursion either in 1921 or 1922