100 Years Ago: Tweed Presents Field Kitchen to 80th Battalion, Recruiting in Stirling

The Intelligencer October 1, 1915 (page 1)

“Tweed Presents Field Kitchen to 80th Batt. At the Tweed fair yesterday afternoon a most interesting event took place, namely, the presentation to Col. Ketcheson, the commanding officer of the 80th Battalion, of a field kitchen. This most useful outfit was the gift of the Council and citizens of Tweed. …  It is a complete McClary field kitchen. …

Mr. S.B. Rollins, Reeve of Tweed, in addressing Col. Ketcheson, said that on behalf of Tweed he extended a hearty welcome to him and other officers who were present. …  It was a great pleasure to make such a presentation to a battalion which was willing to do its duty in the present struggle. The speaker then formally handed to Col. Ketcheson the key of the outfit.

Col. Ketcheson, in accepting the gift, said it was not only appropriate but would be greatly appreciated. …  It would be the means of providing a hot meal for the men when on the march. He was fully convinced that the residents of Tweed were willing to assist in everything that was for the comfort of the men. …

The Battalion was equipped with officers and the ranks were filled with the exception of 200 more men, which would no doubt be available. Conscription, he thought, would never be necessary, as young men are coming forward readily to offer their services in this present emergency. …

During the speeches the Foxboro band rendered suitable selections. At the close of the speech-making cheers were given for Col. Ketcheson and the members of the 80th Battalion.”

The Intelligencer October 1, 1915 (page 1)

“Recruiting at Stirling. Recruiting this week in Stirling might be well termed a continuous performance as there has been something doing in that line every day this week, and bids fair to continue for some time at the same rate.

On Sunday Mr. Ralph Scott left by auto. …  On Monday morning three left by train—Edward Clancy, Forman Sine and Duncan Montgomery. There was a large crowd at the station to see them off, including the students from the High school, to cheer their fellow student, Edward Clancey, on his way. …  About the same crowd was at the station again in the afternoon to bid Roy Bissonnette good-bye. …  He was presented with a wrist watch as were also the other boys that left in the morning.”