Mary Josephine Ray passes away at age 114

The Associated Press has reported that Westmoreland, NH resident Mary Josephine Ray has died at age 114, 294 days.

Born on Prince Edward Island in May 1895, she lived to be the oldest person in New Hampshire (ever), the oldest person in the United States, and the second oldest person in the world.

(via the AP and Yahoo! news, notified courtesy of Stephen Hoffman)

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_oldest_american

A whole slew of updates

Thanks to the many people who have sent us updates the past few months and patiently waited for the changes to be posted to the site. My apologies for the delays. I’ve made changes for all of the states and look forward to news of the cane in 2010.

We currently have information on 297 towns, so we’re looking to break the 300 mark this year.

Boston Post Cane Centennial

I often wonder if Mr. Grozier thought that his “publicity stunt” launched 100 years ago this month would turn into a New England tradition? But here we are and hundreds of towns continue to honor their eldest citizens with this simple, elegant award.

The centennial of the cane has raised awareness of the cane and its tradition. We’ve received dozens of updates from town clerks and historical societies. We’ve updated the state pages with these kindly provided updates (and corrections!). If I didn’t get back to you personally, Thank You for taking the time to send your town’s information.

Happy Birthday to Mary Ray of Westmoreland, NH

We’re pretty sure Mary Josephine Ray of Westmoreland, NH is the oldest holder of the Boston Post Cane.  Today she celebrates her 114th birthday!

According to Wikipedia, Mary is the oldest person in New Hampshire, 2nd oldest person in the United States, and the 3rd oldest person in the world.

She’s a Boston Red Sox fan — and could well be the oldest Sox fan ever – she was 13 when the Red Sox team formed in 1908.

Congratulations to Mary and her friends and family.

The Watertown, MA Cane is now home

As noted in earlier entries in this journal, a group of residents in the town of Watertown, MA ponied up the money needed to purchase the town’s cane from an antiques dealer and return it to the Watertown Historical Society.

That has happened and everyone is very happy about the town’s cane is now safely on display.

For more information read the Watertown TAB article.

If anyone has photos or stories from this event, please share them with us.

The approaching centennial is raising interest in the canes

The Boston Globe Magazine published a great article (with a horrible title) on the history of the Boston Post Cane and a bit about how the tradition continues today.

Read “Citizen Canes” at the Boston Globe web site.

The New England Historic Genealogical Society also mentioned our little web site in a recent newsletter — thank you!

Both of these articles have resulted in a number of updates submitted to us.  We appreciate the research folks are doing and the time taken to let us know about what you’ve found.