William Wetherald

(1820-98)

Educator, preacher

Founded Rockwood Academy

"Wetherald's calm approach was demonstrated when, during the same period, a noisy camp meeting near his home was disturbing his pondering of a chess problem. A local youth who was particularly affected by the emotion of the moment burst in upon him exclaiming, 'Mr. Wetherald, rouse yourself! We are all going straight to perdition!' Wetherald answered with dry humour, 'Well, if that is the case we may as well go quietly.'"

Source (biography, quote): Kathleen M. S. Hertzberg, Dictionary of Canadian

Biography, 1891-1900 Volume XII, University of Toronto/UniversitÈ Laval, 2000 

Copyright 2011. David Cohen.

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