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 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.
We have updated the Maine and New Hampshire pages with updates for Bar Harbor, Poland and Greene, Maine and Weare, NH. My thanks to everyone who has submitted updates.
We’re also processing stories from Foxborough (MA) and Jay (ME).
Evelyn Coleman passed away last week at the age of 107. She held the cane in Hyannis, MA for several years and was the second oldest holder of the cane in that town.
Read the article from the Barnstable Patriot.
Hilda Lacroix, holder of the Boston Post Cane in Berlin, New Hampshire, turned 110 on January 27th.
This wonderful news was relayed to us by Pamela Nett, Hilda’s very proud granddaughter.
Here is the local newspaper account of the Watertown Boston Post Cane being returned: [article]
Happy 100th Birthday to Alice Garland, recipient of Campton’s Boston Post Cane in 2005.
Read more about Alice and the celebration.
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.
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)
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.