Biography of Warren Gainer Buchan
Prominent among the progressive citizens of Pulaski County was Mr. Warren Gainer Buchan. He was born February 21, 1877, at the old Buchan home in the Hartford District in Pulaski County, the son of John Beverly Allen Buchan and Mrs. Ann Maria Gainer Buchan.
He was the second of thirteen children, and at a very early age assumed the responsibility of his own resources. Farming was his chosen vocation, and his success illustrated what could be made of the agricultural industry in Pulaski County. He became one of the largest landowners and taxpayers in the county, and held a place of prominence among the financiers. In addition to his agricultural interests, he was associated as a stockholder in many business enterprises in the city, and was a director of the First National Bank.
On November 28, 1909, he was married to Miss Eulalia Haskins, daughter of Mr. Hugh Augustus and Mrs. Nancy Jane Fleming Haskins. Only one child, Martha Frances, was born to them on May 29, 1911. She was graduated from the Fitzgerald High School in 1927, and from the University of Georgia in 1931. On October 20, 1934, she was married to Mr. William Sanders Stewart.
The entire life of Mr. Buchan was an example of good citizenship and upright ideals. He served ably as a member of the Board of Education and was ever ready to give his time and money for civic and social improvements. During the World War he led in the sale of Liberty Bonds, being too old for active army service. All charitable causes, as orphans’ homes, etc., found him a liberal contributor. These are only a few of his public services, his quiet and modest nature hiding a multitude of private contributions to his community.
While still in the prime of life, he was struck and killed by an automobile on September 21, 1921. A host of friends and relatives mourned this tragic death which removed one of the county’s best loved citizens.
His sudden death left a large estate which required much skill and wisdom in its management. This task was capably performed by his widow. Her success in business may be considered a parallel to that of her late husband. Though his ability acquired the estate, hers has held it and continued to manage it profitably. Her record is enviable both in her private affairs and as legal guardian for her daughter. Business interests have not caused Mrs. Buchan to neglect other things. Her home manifests her home-loving nature, and her interest in and love of flowers. She is an active member of Adriel Primitive Baptist Church, and truly lives her religion. Few, except the recipients, know her many deeds of kindness and charity, but she is happiest when serving in her simple, quiet way. The community reserves a secure and respected place for her among its best loved citizens.