Hilda Leeman of Palermo received the historic Boston Post Cane Saturday, Oct. 3, for being the oldest resident of Palermo.

The award was presented by Dean Potter, Cheryl York and Holly Harman, members of Palermo Select Board, in a ceremony at Tall Pines in Belfast, attended by Leeman’s family and neighbors.

Attending were Norman and Sharon Leeman of Palermo, Norris and Rosie Leeman of Ware, Mass., James and Sandra (Leeman) Metcalf of North Brookfield, Mass., and friends Barry and Ann Richardson of South Carolina.

Leeman and her husband Lloyd, now deceased, lived on Leeman Arm Road in Palermo for many years. For a time in the 1950s and '60s, Hilda and Lloyd were residents of Ware, Mass., where they were employed in the woolen industry. Currently, Leeman is a resident at Tall Pines in Belfast. She will celebrate her 93rd birthday Dec. 28.

The Boston Post Cane is a tradition started Aug. 2, 1909, by Edwin A. Grozier, publisher of the Boston Post newspaper, which was considered the nation’s leading newspaper at the time. Grozier forwarded to selectmen in 700 small towns in Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire, canes made of African Ebony with 14-carat gold engraved heads.

The engraved heads read, “Presented to the oldest citizen of (name of town).” Originally, the canes were to be presented to a town’s oldest male, with females not included until 1930. Each cane remained the property of the town to be entrusted to the oldest living resident. Over the years, many of the original canes were lost, but most towns continue this honor with replica Boston Canes.