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Lyndeborough’s Boston Post Cane holder celebrates 100th birthday with social distanced party

  • Lucy Schmidt, the holder of Lyndeborough's Boston Post Cane, celebrated her 100th birthday party on Saturday, with a social distanced party, where she waved hello to family and friends from her porch as they tied balloons to a bush and sang her Happy Birthday from her backyard. Staff photo by Ashley Saari

  • Lucy Schmidt, the holder of Lyndeborough's Boston Post Cane, celebrated her 100th birthday party on Saturday, with a social distanced party, where she waved hello to family and friends from her porch as they tied balloons to a bush and sang her Happy Birthday from her backyard. Copyright Monadnock Ledger-Transcript. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to news@ledgertranscript.com. Staff photo by Ashley Saari—

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Published: 6/1/2020 4:36:15 PM

Lucy Schmidt, the holder of Lyndeborough's Boston Post Cane, celebrated her 100th birthday party on Saturday, with a social distanced party, where she waved hello to family and friends from her porch as they tied balloons to a bush and sang her Happy Birthday from her backyard.

“Do you want to live another 100 years?” asked her son-in-law, Paul Martin, through a microphone set up in the Schmidt’s rolling back fields.

“I hope I’ll live as long as God will give me,” Schmidt called back.

Schmidt was honored by the Lyndeborough Select Board, who issued a proclamation congratulating her on becoming a centenarian, and for the many contributions to the town she’s made over the years.

Schmidt is not a Lyndeborough native, having been born in Salem, Masssachusetts on June 2, 1920, but moved to town with her father in 1937, where she has been an integral member of the community ever since.

She married Ed. Schmidt Jr. in 1939, and together, the two raised five daughters, Barbara, Betty, Mary Beth, Ellen and Nancy Jo.

She served the town as a Supervisor of the Checklist, and was part of the committee that worked to include the Center Hall and United Church onto the National Register of Historic Places. She was an avid and active member of the United Church of Lyndeborough, being not only a deaconess, but also holding the position of Sunday School superintendent and teacher, and as a member of the Board of Christian Education.

In the community, she also served as a youth leader, volunteering for several branches of the Girl Scouts, and working at the Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative High School as matron and lunch lady.

Martin read Schmidt the proclamation, thanking “Ms. Lucy” for her many and long contributions to the town, and calling on the town to show their appreciation for its oldest resident.

“I didn’t realize I did so much!” Schmidt laughed. “I just kept busy.”

The Boston Post Cane is a tradition older than Schmidt – originally gifted to communities across New England by the Boston Post newspaper, intended for towns to gift to the oldest man in town. The tradition eventually expanded to the oldest resident to include women. Lyndeborough is one of many communities in New Hampshire that still uphold the tradition.


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