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Up from the Front

“They came up from the front; the landing by the Ottawa River; up the rising ground to the place where the tall timber grew.”

The first were Egan's men, lumbermen looking for the great white pine, masts for the ships of Europe. And up in the hills they found the trees, and there they stayed and set down roots themselves.


They were Irish - English-Irish, Church of England and Church of Rome - who first came up the hills and founded homes.

And then, from across the seas, came the Germans, of the Emperor's army, exchanging their commissions for land in a peaceful country. They wanted land high and dry, for they were from the lowlands of "der Vaterland" and they went up to the hill country and found what they sought. And they stayed too, Lutherans all, skilled artisians all, and they build the village of Ladysmith.


Greermount and Thorne Center and Thornby and Schwartz and Ladysmith became the focal points of Thorne Township. The hills of home; iron-clad, treed with the noble oak and pine and maple now attract many tourists who, like the pioneers, find these hills irrestible.


And that is who came, and why they came, up the hills to home."


Board of Directors

Oktoberfest Board of Directors


The board of directors of Oktoberfest Ladysmith welcomes everyone to the 31st Annual festival!


This is the only Oktoberfest held in Pontiac County. Oktoberfest Ladysmith was incorporated in July 1985. It is governed by a Board of Directors. Its aims and objectives are to organize and administer an annual ethnic cultural celebration and related activities.



Lorraine Bretzlaff           


Nelda Bretzlaff


Marlene Pasch                      



Karl Erfle


Denver Bretzlaff


Gilles Ouimet


Tara Peck


David Schock


Joyce Schock


Randy Born


Kim Cluff


Marguerite Born


Brigitte Gauthier