FREEPORT — Three centenarians were honored this week as recipients of the Boston Post Cane, emblematic of their status as the oldest residents of Freeport and Falmouth.
Kathleen McIntee turned 100 on July 12 and received the Boston Post Cane pin in front of her family and friends at the Freeport Town Council meeting on Tuesday.
McIntee owned Kay’s Lunch on Depot Street and is the grandmother of eight, great-grandmother of six and great-great-grandmother of three children.
Fire Chief Darryl Fournier, McIntee’s grandson, said his grandmother is “one of a kind.”
“She always spoiled me,” he said. “Especially during the days of Kay’s Lunch. And, she can spin a yarn like you won’t believe.”
On Monday, Aug. 8, two Falmouth residents were also presented with the Boston Post Cane.
Herbert Hamilton, 100, and Ruth White, 105, will have their names inscribed on the wall plaque next to the Boston Post Cane that is permanently displayed at Falmouth Town Hall.
The Boston Post Cane tradition was established in 1909 by the former Boston Post newspaper. A cane was presented to the Boards of Selectmen in many towns in New England who would then present the cane to the towns’ oldest citizen.
In Freeport, the cane is missing, but the council presents a pin to the recipient with an image of the cane inscribed.
In 2000, Falmouth decided to present canes to the town’s oldest man and woman.