Post Cane: Search for town’s oldest resident

Peterborough’s Boston Post Cane will once again be awarded to the “oldest” citizen in town.

The tradition of the Boston Post Cane was started in 1909 by Boston Post Publisher Edwin A. Grozier. In an effort to increase the circulation of his newspaper, Grozier distributed some 700 canes to New England towns, which were to be awarded to the oldest citizen in town.

Each cane was manufactured by J. F. Fradley & Co. of New York and made of gaboon ebony from the African Congo. The head of the cane was rolled in 14-carat gold and shaped like a “door knob” and inscribed. Each cane was presented by the Boston Post to the Oldest Citizen in town.

About 176 New Hampshire towns originally received a cane and today 144 are still accounted for. Peterborough still has the original cane.

So, who’s eligible to get the cane and what happens after it’s awarded.

In 1975, the Peterborough Select Board resolved the long-standing question of procedure.

The Boston Post Cane cane is awarded to the oldest Peterborough resident currently residing in the town and who has been residing in Peterborough for at least the past 10 years.

A replica of the cane is presented instead of the original, so that the town can keep the original on display.

The recipient and their heirs may keep the replica.

Submit candidates to Town of Peterborough, Attn: Boston Post Cane, 1 Grove Street, Peterborough, NH 03458

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