Cane recipient: ‘Well, it’s about time!’
Longtime Dublin resident Lucia Agnes Sirois, 91, latest to take hometown’s Boston Post Cane
Lucia Agnes of Dublin was recently awarded the Boston Post Cane by the Select Board. She is currently the town's oldest resident at age 91. Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »
DUBLIN — Last Monday, the Dublin Select Board named the town’s newest Boston Post Cane recipient. Lucia Agnes Sirois, Dublin’s oldest resident at age 91, is a woman known for her baking, her outgoing personality and her presence in the community.
Sirois’ son, Tim, who moved back in to take care of his parents about a decade ago, described his mother’s reaction to the news as “hilarious.” “When the selectmen told her she would be getting the Boston Post Cane, she said, ‘Well, it’s about time!’”
The Boston Post Cane is a New England tradition that began over a century ago when Edwin Grozier, the publisher of the publication The Boston Post, distributed gold-topped ebony canes to over 700 New England towns to be given to the town’s oldest male resident. Each town’s Select Board members were to be the trustees of the cane, and they were responsible for passing along the cane after the previous oldest man’s death to the next oldest resident, keeping the cane under town ownership, as the Maynard, Mass., Historical Society recounts on its website. In 1930, women became eligible for the cane, though, as the website says, it was not without considerable controversy. Though many of the Boston Post Canes have been stolen, destroyed, taken out of town, or just not returned, towns like Dublin do it right, continuing the tradition since its beginnings in 1909.
Tim Sirois took some time on Monday to speak his mother’s life, the majority of which has been spent in Dublin. “She is known in the community as a friendly, outgoing person,” Sirois said. “Everyone knows her — she bakes,” he added.
Lucia Sirois was born on June 8, 1922, according to the Select Board’s press release about the post cane award. She attended Schoolhouse No. 3 for first grade, and she later went to Dublin Elementary and Peterborough High schools. A 2012 Dublin Advocate article by two of Sirois’ children noted that Sirois married her husband, John, on Nov. 1, 1941, and she lived with him in Jaffrey until 1954, when they moved into Dublin to a house on Goldmine Road. John Sirois passed away several years ago, but Lucia Sirois continues to live there, a mere 1.5 miles from where she was born on Valley Road in Dublin.
Lucia Sirois is mother to six children, and she also has eight grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and four great, great-grandchildren, according to the press release. Tim Sirois said on Monday that his mother was a homemaker for most of her life, though she worked at a nursing home at one point and was also very active in the Dublin Woman’s Club and the Red Cross in the early 1970s.
As for now, Lucia Sirois will enjoy her Boston Post Cane on the wall of her living room, and she will continue baking. Just Monday morning she made shredded wheat bread with her son.
“We made it with no machines, all by hand,” Tim Sirois said.