Rotch given Boston Post Cane

PETERBOROUGH – William B. Rotch, 99, was recognized as the town’s oldest resident by Selectman’s Chairman Barbara Miller at a ceremony Sept. 2. The event was held at Rivermead Retirement Community where Rotch has resided since 1996.

Rotch grew up in Milford, served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and returned to Milford in 1946 to take over the family business, The Milford Cabinet.

The paper was founded in Amherst in 1806 and Rotch was the sixth generation of his family to produce the paper and served as editor as well. He made the Cabinet an award-winning weekly newspaper, covering at one point almost all of the Souhegan Valley.

He was previously president of the New England Weekly Press Association and the New Hampshire Press Association.

He has spent his life promoting the outdoors and conservation and working toward the understanding of world cultures and promoting world peace.

The ceremonies were attended by his son Peter and wife Susan, daughters Martha Manley and Elizabeth Rotch, and daughter-in-law Jean Rotch, wife of his son John, and a grandson.

His wife, Martha "Patty" Rotch died several years ago.