Celebrating 100 years and counting by Donald Teuma-Castelletti


Old pictures of the building, taken from the walls inside of the restaurant.
The Ladysmith Hotel celebrated the 100th anniversary of the building on Saturday, seeing plenty of guests, live music and chicken wings galore. Pictured above, Ernie and Cathy Pasch were excited to welcome folks from all over the Pontiac and Ottawa Valley on June 2.
Below, the restaurant celebrated the big day with plenty of door prizes, special pricing on their famous chicken wings and live music, performed by the Kyle Felhaver Band.

Birthdays come but once a year and most do not get a chance to celebrate 100 of them, but for a popular establishment in Thorne helping to keep the area on the map, there was little choice.
There had to be a party for the Ladysmith Hotel.
With a lot of music, tons of their community and, of course, plenty of the restaurant’s famous wings, the downtown Ladysmith establishment saw a full house on June 1 as the owners celebrated the big 1-0-0 in style.
But for Ernie and Cathy Pasch, the proud owners of the Ladysmith Hotel, this would be more than a celebration of their business. The anniversary of the building marks nearly 20 years of ownership and working within their municipality, as they’ve cultivated loyal staff and customers, while building a community hub for many more.
First off, a bit of history about the place. As reported nearly 10 years ago in THE EQUITY, Ernie’s great-great-uncle, Theo Bretzlaff, first opened the Ladysmith Hotel in 1918.

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