Hooksett resident honored with Boston Post Cane AwardBy TRAVIS R. MORIN
Union Leader Correspondent June 08. 2018 9:27PM
HOOKSETT — On Friday, Harris Langille, who at 96 years of age holds the esteemed title of Hooksett’s oldest resident, was presented with the Boston Post Cane Award by Town Administrator Dean Shankle at Mt. Carmel Rehabilitation Center in Manchester.
Mayors and selectmen presenting the award to their town’s eldest citizen is a New England tradition that dates back to the turn of the century, when 700 canes were made for 700 New England towns by Edwin A. Grozier, the publisher of the Boston Post from 1891 to 1920.
The idea was originally conceived by Grozier as a publicity stunt.
Langille had also previously been recognized for the Boston Post Cane honor at the May 23 meeting of Hooksett’s Town Council, and at the 41st annual Hooksett-ites Golden Age Luncheon.
Langille, who will turn 97 in July, was born in Canada and served in both the Canadian and American armed forces during World War II and for a few years after the end of the war.
Following his term of military service, Langille settled in Hooksett with his wife and children, where he held a number of jobs to support his family, including a stint as a security guard at a local phone company.
Today, Langille is active and well-loved by staff and residents at Mt. Carmel, to the point of being named Prom King at a recent resident event.
Acknowledging that his legs are weaker than they used to be, Langille reminded those in attendance at Friday’s ceremony that everything else about him is sharp and working well. He went on to joke that the award presentation “was getting in the way of his morning walk.”
A plaque bearing Langille’s name and his Boston Post Cane are currently on display in the lobby of the Hooksett Town Offices.