John Churcher came to Canada and to Bancroft as a "Quarrier boy". This was one of several programs which saw thousands of orphaned and abandoned children from the British Isles placed in homes in British Commonwealth Countries. Born in Edinborough, Scotland, John was placed in the Quarrier home in 1892 after his mother died and his father was unable to care for him.
After along and tiring journey, John arrived here and was met by James and Elizabeth Price. He worked on their farm and became part of their family. Like many Scots, John knew that his education was extremely important if he wished to get ahead. As soon as he turned twenty one he resumed using his birth name and studied commercial booking at Albert College in Belleville. After a brief stint in business in Saskatchewan he returned to Bancroft in 1910, married Adeline Musclow a local girl. Buying and selling three farms in the area he steeled on a Dairy farm in Bancroft on which the radio station sits.
John was the first chairman of the NHHS Board. Upon retirement his principle interests were The Bancroft Chamber of Commerce and the Mineral Society.