News about Boston Post Canes for towns in Rhode Island (RI)
Barrington received a cane, but it has gone missing. (via Sandra Matuschka, April 2003)
Bristol received a cane, but it has gone missing. (via Sandra Matuschka, April 2003)
Charlestown continues the tradition. Charlestown also has a Boston Post Cane. It is currently sitting in the Town Clerk’s office.
May 14, 2012: Edna Mashi, age 99, was presented a replica of Charlestown’s cane. (via David Mashi, Edna’s son — who remembers seeing the actual cane being awarded to one of his neighbors.)
Oct 2002: The last time they tried to “give the cane” and actively sought the oldest resident, there were no takers. That was several years ago. They may try again. (via Jodi P. LaCroix, Charlestown Town Clerk)
The Town of Coventry Rhode Island has a cane. It hasnt been given out since the 1990′s. It is currently mounted in the Town Hall along with a plaque of some of the recipients.
The Town of Foster continues the tradition. The cane itself has been retired to a display case in Town Hall. Recipients of the cane receive a plaque. (via Carol Lyons, Planning Clerk, Town of Foster and email from Raymond Wolf)
Glocester has found the history back to 1982 when the cane was actively given out. They currently have a volunteer researching old records searching for earlier receipients. Since 1982 there have been 7 recipient of the cane, the most recent held the cane since 1994. As she has recently died, Glocester will be seeking a new recipient in January 2003. The Town Clerk made a velvet sleeve with gold cord ties and keeps the cane in the vault. They almost lost the cane when giving it to a family. They are researching manufacturing copies of the cane to give out in lieu of the original. (via Jean Fecteau, Town Clerk, Oct 2002)
Jamestown received a cane, but it has gone missing. (via Sandra Matuschka, April 2003)
Dorothy T. Almy received Little Compton’s cane on December 8, 2005. (via Laurie Pratt, Dorothy is Laurie’s great aunt) Dorothy passed away on December 3, 2008, 10 days prior to her 103rd birthday.
As of November 2004, the current holder of the Little Compton cane is Grace Case, 100, of Adamsville.(source) Anne M. Sylvia, 99, became the 26th resident of Little Compton to receive the Boston Post Cane. (via Sandra Matuschka, April 2003)
Middletown has their cane and continues the tradition. (via Sandra Matuschka, April 2003)
June 2012: Narragansett’s cane has been found! It was found in a home and the town is trying to get ownership of the cane. (via Dean Hoxsie, Acting Town Manager).
New Shoreham (on Block Island) continues the tradition and has a record of 19 receipients since 1909. (via email from Fiona Fitzpatrick, New Shoreham Town Clerk – May 2005)
September 1, 2010: New Shoreham, RI’s Boston Post Cane will be awarded to Walter Gasner, the 24th recipient on record. Dr. Gasner is 98. (via email from Fiona Fitzpatrick, Town Clerk)
Portsmouth has their cane and continues the tradition. (via Sandra Matuschka, April 2003)
January 2011: Henry Williams, holder of Portsmouth’s cane, passed away at the age of 97 on January 22, 2011. (via email from Stephen Hoffman)
April 2009: Henry Williams, age 95, has become Portsmouth’s 20th recipient of the Boston Post Cane. Mr. Williams attributes his longevity to his wonderful family. A World War II Navy veteran, Henry worked as a carpenter for local builders and the Portsmouth DPW. The Williams have two children, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. [article] (via email from Marj)
Barbara Ramsbottom held Portsmouth’s cane until September 2008 when she passed away at age 105.
Tiverton received a cane, but it has gone missing. (via Sandra Matuschka, April 2003)
Westport has their cane and continues the tradition. (via Sandra Matuschka, April 2003)