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The Gold Leaf Cane
The Gold Leaf Cane is entrusted for life to the Oldest inhabitant of the Town of Pelham in honor of his/her service to the town.
A PELHAM TRADITION
THE GOLD LEAF CANE
Entrusted for life to the oldest inhabitant of the Town of Pelham in honor of his/her service to the town.
NAME AT AGE YEAR
George Burrows 97 1990
Marion Burek 96 1994
Estella Nutter 95 1997
Louise Partridge 92 1998
Bea Smith 94 2002
George F. Cramer 92 2005
Edmund Keyes 91 2007
Mim Servos 97 2010
GEORGE WASHINGTON BURROWS 97TH BIRTHDAY
FEBRUARY 22, 1990 PELHAM, MASSACHUSETTS
Fran Bradley, daughter of George W. Burrows, read a letter from Ken Aldrich, a resident of Pelham who worked for the Pelham Highway Department.
About 6 to 8 months ago I stopped at the V.F.W. in Belchertown to meet some friends and play some pitch. While there, a good friend of mine and neighbor, Fran Bradley, asked if anyone had a cane that could be given to her for a kind of testimonial gift for the oldest resident in Pelham. I said, “Just a minute.”
So he went out to his truck and came back and he had a cane.
I got this cane in Pennsylvania and would be glad to let Fran have it. Fran’s son put gold leafing on it and it sure is a nice job.
I purchased the cane at a gift shop in the Dutch County in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1967 while camping with the family and friends. The cane was always with me at all the camp grounds we visited since that time. I used to use it as a walking stick while hiking or walking around the different places I went. It never left my pickup truck until Fran mentioned the idea of wanting one for a hand down sort of gift for the oldest person in Pelham. I was glad to know her father was the first recipient because I have known Mr. Burrows all my life as well as his family.
I am glad to have been a part of this occasion.
Robert Bradley, who did the gold leafing, told his grandfather that it is 23 carat gold and hand done.
It was noted that there is a KA carved in the cane by Ken Aldrich while camping.
THE PELHAM GOLDEN CANE AWARD
Since Pelham never received the now famous Boston Post Cane Award, originating around 1909, the family of Pelham resident, George W. Burrows, in 1990 began Pelham's own hand down gift for the oldest person in Pelham.
In a letter to Fran Bradley, daughter of George Burrows, has—a—letter- from Ken Aldrich, a resident of Pelham who worked for the Pelham Highway Department. It says.....
The cane was presented to George Washington Burrows on Feb. 22, 1990, his 97th birthday!
The second presentation of this cane was in October 1997 to Estella W. Nutter at the age of 95 yrs and 8 months.
Today, again in October, it gives us great pleasure to honor Louise H. Partridge in the third presentation of the Pelham Golden Cane at the age of 92 on Sept. 23, 1998.
CONGRATULATIONS, LOUISE !!!!!!!
Presented on October 3, 1998, at the Pelham Historical Society's Traditional Harvest Supper in the Historic Town Hall By the Pelham Historical Society, Elva Anderson, President
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