The Community House. That's where the Hopedale High proms were held
    through the end of the 1950s. At some point after that, they were taken over
    by the prom-industrial complex and since then have been held elsewhere.

    Giving a cane to the oldest man in
    town was started in 1909 as a Boston
    Post publicity stunt. Starting in 1930,
    they were given to the oldest person.
    Over the years, most of them
    disappeared. The Hopedale Council
    on Aging has revived the tradition
    here, but now the cane is kept at the
    Community House and the person's
    name goes on a plaque next to it. In
    the picture to the left, the cane is in
    the case on the mantle and the
    plaque is to the left of it.

    Hopedale Pressed Metal ashtrays can be found on Ebay from time to time, but
    this one was brought to the Bancroft Library by a gentleman who had had it for
    many years. The company was located off of Hopedale Street, behind the
    houses in the odd numbered low 200s. The building is still there and several
    companies operate out of it.

Hopedale in October 2014


Hopedale History Ezine for October 1 - A Plaque for Willard   

Ezine for October 15 -
Seance   

Ezine for November 1 -
Homes with Names   

Hopedale in September           Ezine Menu               HOME

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    The annual Blackstone Valley Heritage Homecoming Breakfast, held
    this year at the United Parish hall in Upton. At left, Blackstone Valley
    Tech students who made the meal. Thanks to John Trainor for the
    photos. I took pictures too, but John has a much better camera.

It must have been a slow news week.

From the Find A Grave website. Thanks, DJ.

Joe D raking the Parklands road for his cross country team.

G&U track work in the Parklands - October 6.

October 7.

    It was like paddling through vegetable soup. Click here
    for a page of pictures of Hopedale Pond in October.

    I put Hopedale stats from the How Well Do You Know Your Neighborhood site on
    the Hopedale in March page. Here's what it's showing today - October 10.. Most of
    the numbers are the same or close to the same, but some of these things can be a
    bit weird. On the March page, the air quality number was 38. Now it's 71.8. Really???
    I hadn't noticed any difference.

    A G&U train rolling through the Parklands, at about 2 mph
    with lots of stops. October 13. Three locomotives, three
    wallboard cars, one boxcar and two cars dropping ballast,
    which was evidently the reason for the stops.

    Those of you who walk along the tracks there will
    recognize the rock in the picture to the left. It's a good place
    to get pictures of the train.  Click here to see more pictures
    of the train in that location on October 13.

    Well, this has been a better than average day for this site. (October 14) It's been a long time since the
    page views went to four digits in a day. I got this at 11:45 pm and things had slowed down a lot by
    then. The count always goes up on the days when I send out the "ezine. In addition to total page views
    for the day, it gives page views for the past hour. The rest of the day had been much busier. By clicking
    on the page titles on the left. I can see where the person looking at it is from. For example, the one
    looking at Transportation - Early 1900s is in or near Yuba City, California. That page gets lots of hits
    from all over the country. I presume that happens where transportation is being studied in school.
    Other popular pages are Aerosmith (of course), and Sylvester Roper. Sylvester gets hits from all over
    the world. Why? Take a look and you'll see his claim to fame. He probably never lived in Hopedale,
    (though History of Worcester County says he did) but his son was a prominent resident.

    This telescope can be borrowed from the Bancroft Library. My son DJ and I took it on
    the 17th. We decided that the best place to use it was Draper Field. There's a good
    view in all directions and there's very little light around it. There's room to park on the
    entrance road near the No Parking sign. From there, walk 100 yards or so past the No
    Trespassing sign to the parking lot and field. There weren't any planets or the moon to
    see, but we did have some good sights, including the Milky Way.

    Signing their recently published book, Images of America: Milford, are authors
    Lyn Lovell, Deborah Eastman and Anne Lamontaigne. Milford historian Paul
    Curran is the gentleman wearing a green hat. Many copies of the book were
    sold at the Historical Commission's annual open house at Memorial Hall.
    Copies of the book can be purchased at the Milford Library.

Lowell Hammond              Westcott Mill   

Hopedale Pond - October 20.

    The new book, A Journey Through Upton Memories, is
    now available. It is a great collection of stories from
    Upton's happenings, people, legends and celebrations.

    The book is available at the Historical Society museum,
    the Town Clerk's office and A Little Common Sense.

    Cost is $32. Member price is $30 if purchased at the
    museum. Mail orders will be accepted, add $6.00 for
    postage. Send a check to Upton Historical Society P.O.
    Box 171 Upton MA 01568

    Two former Hopedale residents meet after a concert at Columbia
    Gorge, Washington State. Maybe some will be thinking, "Who's that
    dude with Richard Bodreau." Click here if you need a clue.

    Maple-leaved viburnum. It's fairly common in the Parklands,
    mainly on the west side. Between the color at this time of year
    and the berries, it's easy to tell they're not little maple trees.

    Hey, Lincoln Pierce, Joe's book just came out. You could
    have had Nate assigned to write about Oliver Hazard Perry.

The Parkland - October 27

Progress Street - October 27

Highway Department - October 30

Hopedale Pond - October 30

    October 30 - not colorful like on the 13th. The picture above the train picture, looking
    across the pond, toward where the tracks are, was taken just a few minutes earlier. It
    hardly looks like the same area. This was the longest train I've seen come in since
    they started running again. Five locomotives and about fifteen cars of wallboard.

    Not many trick-or-treaters make it off the beaten path to
    Inman Street, so this year I'm putting the pictures of our
    visitors on this page rather than a separate page.

Highway Department cleaning up leaves - Bancroft Park, October 31.