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Henniker woman receives Boston Post Cane

HENNIKER — The oldest town resident has been awarded the Boston Post Cane by the Board of Selectmen.

Lillian Rose Fortier, 101, was handed the cane earlier this year, along with a proclamation from the board.

According to the proclamation, Fortier raised four daughters and is a grandmother of nine and a great-grandmother of nine. For much of her life, she worked in the shoe-making industry and also volunteered for 20 years at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester.

She continued to drive until she was 90 and still plays cribbage every night. The custom of presenting the cane began in 1909, when the Boston Post newspaper had hundreds of gold-tipped canes made and sent to New England towns for them to recognize their oldest male resident. Women became eligible in 1930.