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The Boston Post Cane was recently presented to the oldest resident of Greenville, Sarah Dean Fahey at a delightful gathering at the C.A. Dean Nursing Home, where Sarah Fahey resides. Many members of family and relatives applauded as Candy Russell, Executive Director of the Moosehead Historical Society and Museum presented the cane to Greenville’s 103-year old resident. This cane, with its ebony shaft and 24-karet gold head was original dented a bit during its 105-year history but elegantly engraved and still bright.

Sarah Dean Fahey
Sarah was two years old when the idea of presenting the cane to 700 of the oldest residents of various towns scattered about New England came to Edwin A. Grozier, the current owner of the paper, which was first published in 1831. Greenville was one of those fortunate towns. Since the name of the Boston Post was prominently engraved on the top, Grozier thought it an excellent advertising tool as well as a nice way to honor towns’ eldest citizens. Remarkably the tradition continues, although the Boston Post has not been in existence since 1957. It reached its peak in the 1930s, with a circulation of more than a million readers. For its time, it was one of the largest papers in the country, and certainly the most popular daily in New England.
Originally the canes were presented only to the oldest male in town, but women became eligible in 1930. The Board of Selectmen of the various towns became trustees of the cane as they were kept in the hands of the oldest citizen.