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Boston Post Cane Recipients

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Location: Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United Statesmap
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In 1909, Edwin A. Grozier, the publisher of the Boston Post Newspaper, shipped 700 ebony, gold topped canes to towns throughout the Post's readership area with instructions to present it to the oldest man residing there. The initial gift was a publicity stunt to increase circulation for the newspaper. Yet, from that act grew a tradition that continues in many New England communities today.

The original canes were made by J.F. Fradley and Co., a New York manufacturer, from ebony shipped in 7-foot lengths from Congo. The wood was cut to cane length, then tuned on a lathe to make the appropriate shape. Each cane was topped with a 14 carat gold head engraved with the words, "Presented by the Boston Post to the oldest citizen of (name of town) -To Be Transmitted”. The canes were shipped to the Board of Selectmen of the recipient towns. They were then awarded to the individuals.

The following are individuals known to have been Boston Post Cane recipients:


STATE TOWN RECIPIENT NAME DATE CANE AWARDED BIRTH DATE DEATH DATE AGE AT DEATH
Maine South Lebanon Elsie May (Goodwin) Bernier 2014 26 Aug 1914 10 Sep 2016 102
Maine Topsham Daniel A. Hall 1909 21 Sep 1824 21 Feb 1917 92
Maine Topsham Edward C. Hall 1949 6 Apr1859 1959 100
Maine Winterport Sears Harding Grant Apr 1919 8 Nov 1828 4 Jun 1921 92
Maine Woolwich Ann Eliza Dodge 1967 12 Nov 1869 2 Nov 1969 99
Massachusetts Dartmouth William Butt 1827 <100
Massachusetts Freetown Ruth Anna Fain 3 Jun 1998 4 March 1904 2 Apr 2001 97
Massachusetts Rochester Edna F (Harder) Chadwick June 2019 31 Jul 1917 26 Dec 2019 102
Massachusetts Rochester Marion Thomas Aug 2015 21 Dec 1916 19 Apr 2019 102
Massachusetts Rochester Armand Cournoyer Feb 2015 3 Feb 1915 20 Apr 2015 100
Massachusetts Rochester Ralph Walker 2009 7 May 1914 24 Nov 2014 100
Massachusetts Rochester Chester Rollins 2008 1910 31 Jul 2009 99
Massachusetts Rochester Arthur David Lionberger 2002 24 Dec 1903 4 Jul 2008 105
Massachusetts Rochester Roxanna Dustin Metcalf 1979 24 Nov 1891 30 Mar 1990 98
Massachusetts Rochester George Henry Randall 23 Jul 1842 23 Dec 1939 97
Massachusetts Swansea Henry A Gardner before 1924 12 Sep 1835 26 Sep 1931 96
New Hampshire Derry James Andrew Bilotta May 2017 5 Jan 1920 Sep 2018 98
New Hampshire Derry Appolonia "Bella" Riccio Oct 2016 101
New Hampshire Derry Marie Louise (Caron) Bernier Sep 1982 7 Jul 1987
New Hampshire Derry Wilfred P. Bernier 2003 1912 15 Jun 2009 97
New Hampshire Hinsdale Henderson Barlow Streeter 1812 29 March 1910 97
New Hampshire Hinsdale George E. Green 1829 10 March 1921 91
Rhode Island Foster Caroline Johnson Carroll 1942 1944
Rhode Island Foster Ray Howard 1935 1942
Rhode Island Foster Henry Paine 1930 1932
Rhode Island Foster Esther Dorrance 1925 1930
Rhode Island Foster Searles Bradford Young 1920 1925
Rhode Island Foster Sarah Marietta Arnold 1919 1920
Rhode Island Foster Emily Ann Tegwood 1917 1918
Rhode Island Foster Samuel J Goldsmith 1916 1917
Rhode Island Foster Melissa Hopkins Burchard 1913 1916
Rhode Island Foster Albert Blackmar 1909 1913
Rhode Island Middletown William S. Slocum 25 Nov 1839 22 Dec 1926 87
Rhode Island Portsmouth William Chase Mar 1927 1841 29 Aug 1933 92
Rhode Island Portsmouth Perry G. Randall 20 Mar 1837 28 Jul 1924 87




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