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Life's been an adventure for newest keeper of Peterborough's Boston Post Cane
Connie Gray of Hancock congratulates her friend, 101-year-old Anne Frantz, for receiving Peterborough's Boston Post Cane last week at RiverMead retirement community. (MEGHAN PIERCE PHOTO)
"This is really something," 101-year-old Anne Sharples Frantz said at her Boston Post Cane reception ceremony at RiverMead retirement community last week.
"I never thought of going anywhere else," Anne Frantz said.
In the mid-1930s, she led an all-female ascent of the largest tower in the Grand Teton range in Wyoming.
"She always referred to it as the manless ascent," her son said.
"I'm impressed. The lady impresses me," Bill Frantz said of his mother.
"Her mother was Ruth Morison, part of the Morison clan," Bill Frantz said.
Back in the 1750s, the Morisons were one of the town's founding families, Peri Frantz said.
Growing up, Anne Frantz summered in Peterborough every year except for the year she lived in California.
"I always came back to Peterborough. I never wanted to be anywhere else," she said. "All my life since I was a little girl, I have wanted to go to Peterborough."
The Boston Post Cane is a New England tradition of bestowing the eldest community member with a gold-topped cane.
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