Bio: Buie, Angus (Commemorative Bio - 1895)

Poster: Crystal Wendt

Angus Buie

Angus Buie is a native of Canada, born June 20, 1850, in Collingwood, Ontario. The family is of Scotch origin, and the father of our subject, Archibald Buie, was born in Scotland in 1800. No extended record has been kept of the ancestors. In the grandfather’s family were three sons and three daughters, and two of the bothers were seafaring men, John being master of a vessel. He died and was buried in the East Indies.

Archibald Buie was reared on a farm, and in his native land married Sarah McDougal, by whom he had eight children, four being born in Scotland, namely: Duncan, Dugal, John and Archibald. After locating in Canada, Marian, Angus, Hugh and Flora were added to the family, and all are yet living expect Duncan, who died in 1864. In 1846 the parents with their children crossed the Atlantic, and settled upon a farm within the British domain. The father was a well-educated man, strong of will and steadfast to principle, and was reorganized as a leader in the community in which he lived. He was also a strong believer in the faith of the Presbyterian Church. His death occurred September 27, 1884, his wife passing away November 15, 1885, at the age of eighty-six years. She had one brother, Duncan, who emigrated to Canada, and there followed farming, but little else is known concerning her people.

Angus Buie remained at home until eighteen years of age, aiding in the labors of the farm through the summer months, in the winter attending the common schools, to which he had to walk a distance of three miles. On leaving home he went to Saginaw, Mich., where for three years he worked in the lumber woods during the winter months, and when the warm weather came went upon the water as a craftsman. Poor health caused him to return to his home, where he remained six months, then removed to Muskegon, Mich., working in the lumber woods for O. P. Pillsbury & Co. For fourteen years he remained with that firm as foreman of their different lumber camps, and his long service well indicates his fidelity to duty. In October, 1886, he came to the present site of Tomahawk, then coved by a dense forest, and was foreman for the Tomahawk Land & Boom Co. three years. He was next made superintendent of that company, which position he still holds, having under his control 175 men. He possesses excellent ability as a manager, and, while in no way displaying the qualities of an overbearing taskmaster, manages to keep his men interested in their work, thus securing the best interests of both employer and employees.

Mr. Buie has been twice married. In Canada, in 1879, he wedded Miss Isabel McMillan, and to them were born three children: Duncan, Anna and Thomas H. The last named was born in Tomahawk, and the company gave him a city lot on which the family is now living. Mrs. Buie was born in Canada, and was a daughter of Alexander and Anna (Cameron) McMillan, natives of Scotland. They had eight children, namely: Maggie, Alexander, Duncan, Peter, Isabel, John, Anna and Mary. Mrs. Buie died November 7, 1882, and April 29, 1891, Mr. Buie married Mary Dibb, a native of New Lisbon, Wis., and a daughter of John and Amanda (Sharp) Dibb, whose family numbered five children: Thomas, Jennie, Mary, James and Cora. The father, who was one of seventeen children, was born in England, in 1828, and after his emigration to America, wedded Miss Sharp, who was born in Vermont in 1822. They are now farming people of New Lisbon, Wisconsin.

Mr. Buie exercises his right of franchise is support of the Democracy, and was the first mayor of Tomahawk, serving for two years. He laid the foundation of that town, and has since been actively indentified with its up-building. He seeks no office, but is an active worker in his party. For man years he has been connected with the Masonic fraternity, and is one of its esteemed and faithful members. Mrs. Buie is a member of the Eastern Star.

---Source: Commemorative Biographical Record of the Upper Wisconsin Counties of Waupaca, Portage, Wood, Marathon, Lincoln, Oneida, Vilas, Langlade and Shawano. publ. 1895 by J. H. Beers & Co., Chicago 1110 pages, illustrated; Page 386-387


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