|As dependency on the logging industry waned,
seasonal transience in Buchanan Township gave way to more normalized daily
work routines in local industry. However, some men had famously vagrant
natures and continued to live on nature’s timetable.
Louis Oreille (the spelling is uncertain) was an Algonquin from Maniwaki
who finally settled in Buchanan Township after some time of wandering.
Sam Abraham was a Syrian peddler who sold
his trinkets along the Ottawa River, to settlers who had no stores to
Sam Abraham, the Syrian River Peddler
Bill Ladoucer was once described as a “lazy, lovable, aggravating
child of nature.” He squatted on land owned by P.K. Smith across
the Ottawa River from Buchanan Township, until Smith bought him his own
piece of property in Buchanan.
Bill had four brothers who shared his nature.
As young men they would sometimes make the long hike along the Ottawa
River to Chapeau for a dance.