Wildlife Themed Wood Carved Dedicated Bench - Otis, MA
Posted by: neoc1
N 42° 11.568 W 073° 05.506
18T E 657560 N 4672945
Quick Description: An artistic, wood carved bench, is dedicated to Maxwell Pyerson a former resident, selectman and community leader from Otis, MA.
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Date Posted: 3/25/2012 6:15:50 AM
Waymark Code: WME2AP
An artistic, wood carved, bench, dedicated to Maxwell Pyerson, is located on the town green in Otis, MA. Otis is a small town with a population of fewer than 1500 residents. It is located in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts and prides itself on its outdoor recreational opportunities. This beautifully carved rustic wooden bench, created by Kenneth F Packie, features the head of a male deer on one side and a leaping salmon on the other side. It is located on the Otis, MA town green.
The bench is dedicated to Maxwell Pyerson, who was a local businessman, community leader, town selectman, and an avid outdoorsman. On one end of the rustic wood bench is the carved head of a male deer on the other side is a leaping salmon.
The front of the seat back of the bench has the inscription:
In Memory Of
1916 ~ 2010
Maxwell Pyenson was born in Otis, MA on December 30, 1916. Maxwell Pyenson was a lifelong resident of Otis. He went to local schools and obtained a B.S. and M.S. from the state agriculture college - now the University of Massachusetts. After World War II he returned home to work in the family business - the Otis Poultry Farm. He assumed ownership of this well known western Massachusetts landmark in 1952.
He was active in community service as: past President of Berkshire County Poultry Association, past Vice President of Berkshire Council Boy Scouts of America, an Otis Selectman for 29 years; elected chairman from 1974 until 1978. He was also a Corporator, Trustee and member of the Board of Investors at Lee Bank. He was active in the Otis Kiwanis Club since its founding where he was former president and treasurer and former Lt. Governor of District 27. He died in Otis on December 27, 2010 as age 93.