Posted By David Griffin on December 15, 2010
Bob Coughlin wrote us asking if we could help find out more about an ancestor that may have received the Boston Post Cane in Arlington:
I have been told that my great grandfather Arthur Coughlin who died 11/5/29, born I think in 1843, maybe earlier, received the cane for the Town of Arlington in the ’20′s. I have no further info on it and would appreciate hearing something about it and him, as he seems to be the oldest Coughlin in my family history.
I have been told by my cousins, whom he lived with in the 20′s that he had received the cane for the Town of Arlington. He died on Nov. 5, 1929, the month before I was born, and his name is Arthur J. Coughlin according to the grave stone. I have been informed that he was born either in 1843 or 1837, probably the latter, if he received the cane. I was hoping to get more info from the cousins, but they have been dying off, and the remaining one can’t find the historical data her sister had accumulated. They were the O’Connell family from Arlington’s Norcross St., where he lived and died from.
If you have any information that might help Bob on his quest, please leave a comment here or send me an email and I’ll forward it to him.