Last UpdatedSept 2005

Many years ago, the Boston Post newspaper, no longer in existence today, apparently mounted a monstrous and expensive advertising campaign to gain new customers. As a result, a gold-headed walking cane was brought to the officials of probably every town in the State of Maine. 

At the time, the purpose of the cane was to attract business. It was to be awarded, by the municipal officials, to the oldest person in the Town in recognition of his/her longevity, with as much fanfare and publicity as could be mustered. Probably the Boston Post had a column each day covering the subject and listing the names of those newly awarded the prize cane, and maybe they even provided a free newspaper to them. Since there was relatively little population movement, the oldest person in town remained the holder until their demise. No one could catch up to them, much less surpass their age in their own home town.

The cane is still in existence in Otisfield, and though handled by many elderly persons, one can still read the name of the donor on it's golden knob.

With our transitory populace of today, it is difficult to determine just who is the oldest person in our community. Sometimes we hear, and later find an unhappy oldster who we had bypassed. We find, too, that a still older person has moved into town while the last awarded person still possesses the cane. But to date, we have never taken it back to make a switch during the lifetime of it's possessor, nor shall we.

George Howard Dyer Mar 2004
Leona Wentworth 1998 - 2004
Ethel Hirst 1992 -1997
Lilllian Perkins -1991

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