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Greenfield awards Boston Post Cane for first time in decade

Raising cane

  • A spry 98 year old Lillian Hosford of Congress Street, Greenfield's oldest resident, sports the Boston Post Gold Cane after it was presented her by Liindly Wilson of the Historical Society and Mayor William Martin on Thursday.  Recorder/Paul Franz

    A spry 98 year old Lillian Hosford of Congress Street, Greenfield's oldest resident, sports the Boston Post Gold Cane after it was presented her by Liindly Wilson of the Historical Society and Mayor William Martin on Thursday. Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

  • Lillian Hosford, 98, of Greenfield recieves the Boston Post Gold Cane from Greenfield Historical Society President Lindley Wilson in her home.  She was also visited by Mayor William Martin.  Recorder/Paul Franz

    Lillian Hosford, 98, of Greenfield recieves the Boston Post Gold Cane from Greenfield Historical Society President Lindley Wilson in her home. She was also visited by Mayor William Martin. Recorder/Paul Franz Purchase photo reprints »

  • A spry 98 year old Lillian Hosford of Congress Street, Greenfield's oldest resident, sports the Boston Post Gold Cane after it was presented her by Liindly Wilson of the Historical Society and Mayor William Martin on Thursday.  Recorder/Paul Franz
  • Lillian Hosford, 98, of Greenfield recieves the Boston Post Gold Cane from Greenfield Historical Society President Lindley Wilson in her home.  She was also visited by Mayor William Martin.  Recorder/Paul Franz

GREENFIELD — For the first time in more than a decade, a Greenfield resident has been presented the Boston Post Cane award for being the town’s oldest inhabitant.

Lillian (Fellows) Hosford of 20 Congress St. was given the honor Thursday, the first to receive the award since the cane was restored by local silversmith Stephen P. Smithers last year.

In October 2011, the rolled-gold top of the cane mysteriously went missing from its locked display case in the Town Hall. At the time, the town’s Historical Society was considering resuming the tradition of giving the cane to the town’s oldest resident. When it was discovered lost, the town continued to give the award, but without the presence of the actual cane during the ceremony.

Hosford, 98, is a Greenfield native who attended Greenfield schools and graduated from Greenfield High School in 1934 during the height of the Great Depression.

The secret to her success and longevity is living a quiet life, she said.

Hosford’s first job out of school was working at Greenfield Tap and Die, now known as Kennametal Inc. on Sanderson Street as a secretary. During the 1940s and 1950s, she worked at Millers Falls Co. Later she worked at the First Baptist Church until she retired at 80 in 1995.

For 58 years, she was married to Roger Hosford.

Each week, Hosford takes trips to the library, hair dressers and to the Methodist Church.

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