Chesterland Historical Society
July 22, 2021 by Staff Report

Meet Roy Ditto, the Keeper of the Cane, during a special open house being held at Chesterland Historical Village...

Keeper of the Cane Open House

Aug. 1, 2-3 p.m.

Meet Roy Ditto, the Keeper of the Cane, during a special open house being held at Chesterland Historical Village located at the corner of Caves and Mayfield roads in Chester Township.

On Aug. 19, 1927, Sipha Patterson, who was the oldest resident of Chester Township, was presented a cane during a party held by her grandnieces. After her death, the cane was passed on to the next eldest resident and so the tradition began. To be eligible, one had to be at least 85 and a township resident for 10 or more years. The cane holder’s name, birth and death dates are inscribed on a gold band on the cane.

The 100-year-old Ditto will preside over the open house and relay fascinating stories. All are welcome.