Appleton native awarded Boston Post Cane
Appleton — Frances E. Collins Pease Hall, who celebrated her 93rd birthday last month, was born in Collinstown on Oct. 15, 1918.
The Appleton Board of Selectmen honored Hall with the Boston Post Cane at the board's meeting Nov. 15.
The Boston Post Cane is a custom that was established in 1909. Edwin Grozier, then publisher of the Boston Post, presented 700 of the larger New England towns with the canes, initially as a marketing campaign.
Since then the cane has come to represent a New England custom that most towns incorporate in their historical legacies. Topped with a gold inscripted head, the cane has come to represent the distinct honor a community bestows on its oldest citizen.
Many towns have lost the original cane, or choose to display it in the town office and hand out a replica to the oldest resident. However, Appleton still has the original cane and presents it for the citizen's use.
Hall first married Raymond Pease, who was killed in World War II. She later married Austin Hall and the couple had two children, Bruce and Brenda. Hall has five grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. She has a sister and two brothers-in-law who are still living.
Hall enjoys writing poems. She once wrote a poem about John F. Kennedy after he was assassinated and she received a letter from his widow, Jacqueline Kennedy. The letter remains in the family.
She also loves to crochet and had her own crochet business in Brunswick.
Over the years, Hall has lived in Appleton, Connecticut, Bangor, Liberty, Belfast and Bowdoinham. She presently lives in Burkettville with her niece Linda Gibson.