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Dorothy Greene receives Derry's Boston Post Cane
Dorothy Greene of Derry, 105, holds the Boston Post Cane, given to the town’s oldest resident. (ADAM SWIFT/Union Leader Correspondent)
When Greene was born on Dec. 13, 1907, Teddy Roosevelt was president, but it would be several years before Greene moved to the United States.
“She has a strong faith in God and most days she reads the Bible,” said Connors. “She manages to walk short distances with the aid of her walker, and she insists on wearing a skirt and nylons every day.”
The Boston Post Cane dates back to 1909, when the publisher of the Boston Post newspaper donated 431 ebony canes to the largest communities in New England to be handed to those towns’ oldest residents.
Patrick Gillespie, 92 at the time, was the first Derry recipient of the cane in Derry in 1909. In 1956, selectmen awarded the cane to the first woman, 98-year-old Nellie Huckins.
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