Rev. Dumbell???Wouldn't you
consider changing your name?
A man by the name of Edmund Soward, being interested in the Hopedale
Community, came here to live. He was very much interested in the education and
social welfare of the young. In his will, he left most of his property to the Community,
in trust, to be expended in the culture and comfort of the children of Hopedale. On
one ever to be remembered occasion, Reverend W. S. Heywood told the younger
school children that on the following Saturday we were to go to Boston to see the
trained seals and mice, the money to defray the expenses to be taken from the
Soward Fund. Great excitement prevailed. One little girl asked her mother what she
should wear for a wrap, and when told she could wear her sister's cape, she replied,
"Why, everybody will know it is my sister's, because she wore it last spring when she
went to Boston." We took our dinners and ate them on Boston Common. Ida Smith,
Hopedale Reminiscences. For more on Soward Street, see Now and Then - The
Lake Street Area
The stone shelter/fireplace (Maroney's Grove) in the photo
below hadn't been built at time of the picnics mentioned in
the clippings above. That occurred in 1923. Nevertheless, it
was a popular picnic area both before and after that time.
From the Park Department history on the town website.
Hopedale in June 2015
June 1 Hopedale history ezine - The Hurricane of '38
June 15 ezine - Mill River Men
Hopedale in May 2015
Ezine Menu HOME
Click here to see more of the Unitarian Church stained glass windows.
I put one of these reports from Weather Underground on the March
page (March 11) when the temperature was 52. That felt pretty warm
at the time. Today the high was 51, but it didn't feel warm. Must have
something to do with expectations for the first day of June.
Click here for an article on income and social mobility
throughout the US that the above table came from.
Click here for more on sunscreens.
June 2 - Here's a look at a bit of the work that's been
going on at the Griffin-Dennett Apartments recently.
Sylvester Graham was one of many reformers who visited the Hopedale Community
in the mid-nineteenth century. Chocolatey Chip, Cinnamon, etc. I think poor old
Sylvester, who claimed to be an advocate of diet reform, would be rather shocked to
see how his name is now used. Here's a page about him. The title of the article is
Sylvester Graham: genius or humbug? Most would say humbug or worse. Here's
what Anna Thwing Field wrote about his visit to Hopedale.
procure graham flour for his cooking, though at supper he astonished her by
declining the graham flour and choosing white biscuit, saying he had plenty of
graham bread at home. "Consistency, thou art a jewel.
It's been a tough spring for my apple trees. What you see above is actually better than a lot of the
leaves. From what I've heard, the damage has been done by the hungry caterpillar stage of the winter
moth. Here's an article about them on boston.com. UMass fact sheet, including lots of photos.
Winter Moth will eat the young leaves of trees as the leaves are emerging from the bud in spring.
Many deciduous plants are hosts for the winter moth including oaks, maples, basswood, white elm,
crabapples, apple, blueberry, and cherry. It is important to treat for the pest early as the damage is
done while the buds are breaking. By mid-May to early June the pests are pupating or becoming
dormant until they emerge in late fall as moths. The larvae are loopers or inch worms and are green.
They are very small when they hatch and difficult to see with the naked eye. The larvae hatch in spring
when temperatures are around 55F. Young larvae tunnel into buds, especially the flower buds of
fruits, and feed inside buds. Once the bud has been devoured the larvae will move to another bud to
feed. In areas with large infestations winter moth larvae can completely defoliate host plants. If your
tree gets defoliated and is weak it can kill a tree after years of damage.
sometime in the late 1990s and was only definitively identified in 2003. But the pests have quickly
established themselves and spread, with no natural enemy to keep the population in check.
neighborhood and town. There are pockets where the caterpillars have severely defoliated the tree
canopy, while areas down the road might be lightly affected.
My rhododendrons are looking pretty good, but it seems that they start
falling apart after about three days. Maybe that's a bit of an exaggeration,
but not much. At least I'll have a picture to look at.
Hopedale High graduation - June 6. Click here for stills and video on YouTube.
Physicians of Milford and Hopedale have voted to increase the price
of day calls from $1 to $1.50; night calls from $1 to $2, and office calls
from 50 cents to $1. Milford Daily News, February 16, 1906
to $25.95 now. Of course we should keep in mind that doctors have
helped with "life expectancy inflation" over those years also.
Flags in town at half-staff for Dennis Breen, who had
been Hopedale school superintendent from 2011
until his retirement a month ago. He died on June 8.
Milford News article.
FAMILY FUN NIGHT
With DJ Mike Rutkowski
Hopedale Town Park
Wednesday, June 17 6:30pm
Rain date: Thursday
Music and Dancing
Dance, limbo, and hula hoop contests
“Hide the Diamond”
Candy and prizes
2015 SUMMER BAND CONCERTS
Hopedale Town Park
Rain dates on Thursdays
June 17 Family Fun Night 6:30pm
June 24 Blackstone Valley Community
Concert Band *MCC Grant Recipient
July 8 Infractions Classic horn-driven rock
July 15 Fantasy Big Band Swing to contemporary
July 22 Mondo Soul Classic funk & soul
July 29 Mahrud Contemporary big band jazz
August 5 Fourcast Acoustics from the 70’s to today
Sponsored by the Hopedale Cultural Council
and the cooperation of the Hopedale Parks Department
***Kayak and canoe rentals on the pond from Fin and Feather Outfitters
Join us on Facebook: Hopedale Cultural Council – Community Organization
This phone book cover is one of
several items from the pasent by Kurt
and Joyce Anderson. On the back
there are calendars for 1956, 1957
and 1958, so I presume this must be
from 1957. I thought we had dial here
a couple of years before that, but
considering the phone numbers,
They also sent a picture taken inside
the Draper Main Office in 1960. It's the
best I've seen of the inside. You can
see it on Now and Then - Draper
Main Office/Atria Draper Place
Assisted Living. It's the picture just
above the Draper Place articles.
MILFORD – Trucks carrying two, 120-foot-long, 80,000-gallon propane tanks postmarked
for the Grafton & Upton Railway yard in Hopedale hit a snag Sunday morning.
When the drivers' route brought them to a tight turn leading from Congress Street to West
Street, they were forced to turn around. The trucks had to back up and move their loads –
which are empty, officials stressed – to parking spaces bordering Draper Park.
The problem was solved, and the pictures above were taken in Hopedale on June 16. .
They're tanks were loaded onto rail cars to take them to North Grafton. Here's a link to the
Milford News article. Here are some more pictures of the move in Hopedale.
others are from the G&U yard behind the Griffin-Dennett Apartments.
occurred when the train reached Grafton.
I saw this on ebay and decided to put it here because
the name Lucy Day would be familiar to many of you
who look at these pages.
Lucy Day, Hopedale, Massachusetts. Enough of an
address in 1919 to get it to her.
Annual Council on Aging barbecue - June 17.
pond without any additional feeding. Here's what the allaboutbirds.org
site says about that.
In spring and summer, geese concentrate their feeding on grasses and
sedges, including skunk cabbage leaves and eelgrass. During fall and
winter, they rely more on berries and seeds, including agricultural
grains, and seem especially fond of blueberries.
Here's an interesting little goose fact from the National Geographic site.
Just 50 geese can produce two and a half tons of excrement in a year.
I can recall that for the first few years after the building of what is now called Dana Park, that
name wasn't on any street sign. While the Nov. 25, 1947 article to the left indicates that was
the plan, Louis McVitty, must have decided that McVitty Road was a better name for it. McVitty
was the real estate developer who had purchased what had been the Dana Osgood
property, including the family mansion that became the Harel House, down to what is now
Dana Park and McVitty Road. At the town meeting in 1956, Article 20, naming most of the
road Dana Park, passed unanimously. Osgood was the son of Edward and Hannah Thwing
Draper Osgood. He died in 1951.
The dam that went out on the mill pond by Route 140 last winter has been
replaced. Click here to go to Now and Then at the Mill Pond at Route 140.
Work has been going on at the solar farm site
on Route 140 near the Upton line. June 21
LNG tanks 3 and 4 coming down Route 16, heading toward
the G&U yard. Thanks to John Gagnon for sending.