100 Years Ago: Friends Honour Colonel Ketcheson

The Intelligencer February 21, 1916 (page 2)

“Colonel W.G. Ketcheson Remembered by Friends. At the town hall, Sidney Township, on Saturday night, there was a large gathering despite the severe cold weather. The occasion of the gathering was to do honor to Col. W.G. Ketcheson, the commanding officer of the 80th Battalion, whose home is in Sidney, and who was for years the honored colonel of the 49th Hastings Rifles.

It was intended to hold the affair at Col. Ketcheson’s residence, but the number who desired to honor the popular commanding officer was so great that the event took place in the hall in order that all might be accommodated. A supper was provided, and it was greatly appreciated by all present. …

During the proceedings an address of a complimentary nature was read to Col. Ketcheson by Mr. W.H. Nobes and at an opportune time Miss Violet Graham made a presentation of a sleeping kit to the Colonel, who in accepting the same made a most appropriate reply.”