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"Congratulations to Agnes Pierce, Lunenburg's latest recipient of the Boston Post Cane. In 1909, the Boston Post newspaper distributed walking canes to 700 New England towns, hoping to boost readership. The canes were made of ebony imported from Africa and crowned with a 14 carat gold tip. They were presented to the oldest living male in each of the municipalities in four states.

 
The canes were handed down to the oldest male survivor in those towns until 1930, when women became eligible. With this publicity device, the Post became one of the most successful newspapers of the 19th century, reaching a readership of more than 600,000, but went out of business in 1956.
 
Many of the towns have continued the Boston Post Cane tradition. Lunenburg displays its original cane at the Eagle House Community Senior Center. Mrs. Pierce will receive a replica pin and certificate honoring her.
 
Mrs. Pierce was born in Lowell, and will celebrate her 101st birthday in February. She had to wait for World War II to be over to marry her sweetheart, and joined a Women's Auxiliary during the war. She lived in Leominster and worked as a lab technician at Foster Grant for 19 years. She also lived on Cape Cod and in Florida before coming to Lunenburg to live with her daughter, Patty, 10 years ago.
 
Mrs. Pierce and her husband loved to travel in their car and camper to Fitzwilliam, NH, and the White Mountains. They also enjoyed cruises. Mrs. Pierce has three children, five grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren."