In September 1944 some Government men came to Buchanan and hired a
motorboat from John Robert in Balmer’s Bay, and spent the next week and
a half studying the river depths and currents. Soon after,
learned that they were being expropriated from their land and they left
Buchanan forever the following year.
By the 1940’s, the agricultural conditions in Buchanan were worsening
and the residents were becoming aware of just how badly their land was
The Failing Land That The Settlers Lost
When the Government announced that
most residents would have to leave
Buchanan Township, the community was torn, in more ways than one.
A Community Lost
Most of the residents, like Gerald's uncle
Roger McLeod, dismantled their buildings and relocated them,
because they didn’t have the means to start from scratch.
Relocating a Life Can Be A Pain In The Neck
In 2008, Gerald Nadeau looks back on the expropriation of his
childhood home with a new perspective.
Coming Full Circle