Watertown’s (MA) cane is being returned.

Charles Morash, of Watertown, let us know that after a 99 year absence they are in the process of returning Watertown’s cane to the local historical society.   The cane went missing in Watertown pretty much after the first person, Edward Porter, passed away in 1910.

We should see a more public accounting of the story in the coming weeks and will relay the details here.

We noted here in July 2008 that the cane had been found by a private collector.

Kingston, MA cane presented to Rosemary Wood

Feb 20, 2009:  the Boston Post Cane in the town of Kingston will change hands during a 2 p.m. presentation ceremony at Wingate at Silver Lake. The cane will be bestowed upon the town’s oldest resident, Rosemary Wood, who will be greeted by Kingston Town Clerk Mary Lou Merzyn, Board of Selectmen Chairman Paul Gallagher and her family and friends. (via Enterprise news)

All 2008 contributed stories have been added

For most of 2008 I have been unable to maintain the Boston Post Cane page.  I had stopped updating it because the methods I had were not up to the task of the volume of changes.  With this problem (hopefully) solved, I reviewed all of my emails from 2008 and transcribed each of your contributed updates to their proper place.

My deepest thanks to everyone who has taken time to let us know what was happening in your town.  We hope that this will continue to be a valuable resource for research on the cane, plus a source of pride for the recipients and their friends and families.

At long last, the new site


For the past few years I’ve been struggling with how to keep the Boston Post Cane page more up-to-date and a better resource for everyone.   I hope everyone enjoys this new site and takes advantage of its many features.

We love the feedback and welcome news about the cane and its holders.