Boston Post Cane

The Town of Bristol has one of the original Boston Post Canes presented in 1909 by Mr. Edwin A. Grozier, owner of the Boston Post, a newspaper published daily from 1831 to 1956. He forwarded to the Board of Selectmen in 700 New England towns (no cities included) a gold-headed ebony cane with the request "that it be presented with the compliments of the Boston Post to the oldest male citizen of the town, to be used by him as long as he lives (or moves from the town), and at his death handed down to the next oldest citizen of the town." The cane would belong to the town and not the man who received it. Women became eligible to receive the Cane in 1930.

Below is a list of recent past recipients in the Town of Bristol.

Boston Cane RecepientAward DateBirth/Death
Frances Lash (see page 26 of the 2021 Annual Report)October 9, 20211920 -

Georgina Rayburn (click here for pictures and write-up)

July 20th, 20181920 - 2021
Carrol Voss (click here for pictures and write-up)March 11th, 20181920 - 2018
Guilford Hannon (click here for pictures and write-up)August 9th, 20171919 - 2018

Nathal Weston

August 12th, 20151913 - 2017

Estella “Sylvia” Loud Collamore

20081911 - 2015
Barbara Crocker20071907 - 2008

For more information on the Boston Cane please click here to visit The Boston Cane Information Center