The Town Office has presented the Boston Post Cane to Edward Morris Holmes, who is 99 years old (born Sept. 27, 1910). Edward, who is known as Ted, moved to Maine in the late 1930s with his wife, Jane. They lived for several years on Gotts Island, near Bass Harbor. They also lived in various coastal towns, Boothbay Harbor, Winter Harbor and Bernard. Inland, they lived in Princeton, Ellsworth Falls, Ellsworth, New Vineyard, Old Town and Winterport. Ted moved to Prospect in 2003 to live near one of his daughters.

Ted began teaching high school English in 1947 in Ellsworth, after a checkered career organizing lobster fishermen’s cooperatives, digging clams, delivering lobsters to the Boston fish market, working as first mate on the cruise schooners out of Camden, and working in the shipyards during World War II. In the 1950s, Ted returned to school and earned a master’s degree and a doctorate in English from Brown University. With those degrees he was able to teach at the University of Maine in Orono, which he did until he was about 85 years old.

Ted was an excellent teacher, as attested to by phone calls and letters he still occasionally receives from past students, who want him to know what they have been reading!

Ted is the author of three books of short stories and pieces, “Driftwood,” “Mostly Maine” and “A Part of the Main.”

Ted has three daughters: Caroline S. Marsh, who lives with her husband, Lawrence Marsh, in Solon, Iowa, Virginia Holmes, who lives with her partner, Shirley Glubka, in Prospect, and Constance J. McCarthy, who lives with her husband, Daniel McCarthy, in Belfast. He has four grandchildren, Anna McMaken-Marsh of Arlington, Mass., Lucy Marsh of Putney, Vt., Jacob McCarthy of Lansing, Mich., and Robin McCarthy of Belfast. He also has two great-granddaughters, Sylvie and Willa McMaken-Marsh.