George F. Ketchum Founded the Warwick Valley Dispatch in 1885

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“Warwick in History” – The following is a reminiscence of George Hansen.

George F. Ketchum was a leading citizen of our community for many years. He was always a part of any patriotic activity and he had the initiative to make a success of whatever endeavor he chose. He was a loyal Democrat, and the founder of THE WARWICK VALLEY DISPATCH in 1885. In it he wrote a column of timely topics which¬†was read with great interest. He was the type of person who could talk anyone’s language, from the raggedest boy on the street to the President of the United States. He was always alert and abreast of the times, holding his own in a debate.

Out on the country roads in the early morning, would frequently appear George Ketchum riding his pretty bay mare, and on patriotic occasions, he could address an assemblage with gusto and fervor. He was Warwick’s postmaster for a number of years, and under his progressive leadership, city and rural routes were established. His bitter opponent was Sam VanSaun, a druggist. My column, “Trail Sketches,” a feature of THE DISPATCH, is the lingering inspiration of George F. Ketchum.