Autos Whirled Around Milford and Hopedale
Ten Thousand People Crowded Main Street
Last Evening to Witness
The First Event of Kind
Ever Held Here
the chief event of the fifth day of Old Home Week, and was a conspicuous
success in every detail. Seventeen machines of all descriptions traversed the
principal streets of this town and Hopedale for about an hour, led by the 16
horsepower Wayne touring car of W.D. Leahy, and tremendous crowds lined the
streets admiring the gaily decorated cars as they passed in review.
in the parade.
You can't take it with you, but evidently you can receive it
by mail after you're gone. Vernon Grove Cemetery, Milford.
More Inman Street houses. These, photographed
in 1920, are south of the Elm Street intersection.
North side of Depot Street. Left to right, highway
barn, Little White Marketplace, police station.
Right - The clubhouse of the Hopedale Country Club,
voted on in June 1966, opened in the fall of 1967.
The Town Hall Spa, Mei's Diner, Rebecca's, The Town
Common, and maybe a couple of other names over the
years. Click here for Don Handley's memories of it
when his father ran it as the Town Hall Spa.
I don't have a picture of the Hopedale High Class of 2017.
Hope you'll settle for the Class of 1919. I'll leave it to you
to match the names below with the faces above.
Hopedale in June 2017
Ezine for June 1 - The Height of Luxury
Ezine for mid-June - 94 Freedom
Hopedale in June 2016
Recent Pictures Menu, 2017 HOME
A well-fed rabbit in the front yard eating clover. That's okay as long
as he stays away from the lettuce, etc. Thanks for the picture, DJ.
June 2 and it's Groundhog Day again? I thought we had that
a while ago. This guy is looking out from under my shed.
June 4 - Draper Park, Milford.
June 4. Gypsy moth caterpillars on one of my apple trees. It hasn't been as
bad as it was in 1982, but I'd say this year is the worst it has been since then.
Click on the poster to go to MASSWALKINGTOUR.ORG for more information.
I didn't get to the Hopedale HIgh graduation for pictures
this year, but you can see a few on the Milford News site.
Cumberland Farms project.
Above - Draper field day, 1929.
Right and below - Memorial School
field day, 2017.
Thanks to Ron L'Heureux for these binders from his days in the Draper Apprentice School.
In addition to hands-on training, students were required to study correspondence course
material. Ron said that some of the booklets were written specifically for Draper looms.
Click here to read Ron's memories of the course.
Why does the turkey cross the road? There's been some mention lately
of the "Shaw's turkey" that's been seen often near Shaw's Market on
140 in Milford. This guy was in Hill's Plaza on the other side of 140
Thanks to DJ for pointing it out. I was looking the other way. A few days
later I saw it on the nearby traffic island. DJ also noticed the Apple
Maps vehicle in the picture below. I wonder if it was doing street views.
We have had a very strenuous year in
combating the Gypsy Moth and
considerable time has been devoted to this
part of the work, having destroyed many
thousand Gypsy Moth clusters. The Gypsy
Moth menace will probably be very serious
the coming year, and cooperation will be
imperative to successfully combat this
common pest. Report of the Tree Warden,
Charles E. Nutting , 1917
Thanks to Sarah in West Virginia for sending
these photos of Dutcher temple rolls. Click here
for a page about Draper and Dutcher temples.
from the Mass Ave bridge by my son, DJ.
Yes, it's evidently the same turkey again. I saw her in the
nearby traffic island on Monday. I took this picture of her
in the Santander Bank parking lot by Freedom Street on
Thursday. (June 21) I was told at Rite Aid that she's
been around for two or three months and they've named
her Theresa. I presume that's because turkeys should
have names beginning with T. A few minutes after
seeing Theresa, I passed by a little skunk at the side of
the road. I was a bit worried about him in that location,
but after taking a few pictures decided to leave him
there and hope for the best.
The morning after I took the turkey picture above, I saw this on Cesare
Comolli's Milford Facebook page. (Friday morning, June 23) There are
lots of comments under it.
getting around okay.
Minor mystery solved. Now and then for some
years I've seen mention in old newspapers and
town reports of Gleason's Corner. I had no idea
where it was. Yesterday while looking through a
list of fires in the 1926 town report, I saw that there
had been a chimney fire at the home of a Mr.
Varnum, and his address was given as Gleason's
Corner. I checked a town directory for 1927 and
found George Varnum at 221 South Main Street.
That's near the intersection of Plain and South
Main streets. I'll probably never go through there
again without thinking of it as Gleason's Corner.
Now to see if I can find out anything about Gleason
On June 26, the Milford News, as part of its neighborhood series, had a nice article
about White City. That said, there's one little point of disagreement I'd like to make.
Immediately under a paragraph that ends with a reference to Hope1842 it continues
with, "When the houses popped up, there were no driveways, locals here have heard.
Draper employees were shuttled to work at the expense of the company at the now-
vacant Hopedale Street factory." Shuttled to work at the expense of the company???
They walked to work. I agree with the part about no driveways. Drapers didn't allow cars
to be parked in the yards of the houses they owned. See page on garages. There were
buses parked in front of the shop at the beginning and end of the work day years ago,
but they were for out-of -town employees. White City
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Upcoming Special Events & Entertainment,
July 9 Farmer’s Market & Mushroom Walk at 11am. Boston Mycological Society will lead walk.
July 16 Farmer’s Market, 11 to 3, Bobby Gadoury, jazz pianist, noon to 2pm
July 23 Farmer’s Market, 11 to 3, Blackstone Valley Music, local students led by Shanna Keegan
July 30 Farmer’s Market, 11 to 3, Vito Caccavelli, noon to 2
August 6 Farmer’s Market, 11 to 3, Grey Whiskers Pickers, noon to 2
August 13 Farmer’s Market, 11 to 3, Abbi & Rachel, noon to 2
August 20 Farmer’s Market, 11 to 3, Cameron Sutphin, noon to 2
August 27 Farmer’s Market, 11 to 3, Vito Caccavelli, noon to 2
September 3 Farmer’s Market, 11 to 3, Fox and the Dragon, noon to 2
September 10 Farmers’ Market 11am to 3pm, Annual Antique Tractor Show, TRACTORS & TRUMPETS, 9 to 3, Claflin Hill
Patriotic Concert starts at 3pm. Bring chairs, blankets, snacks & grill food will be available.
September 17 Farmer’s Market, 11 to 3, Grey Whisker Pickers, noon to 2
September 24 Farmer’s Market, 11 to 3, Vito Caccavelli, noon to 2
October 1 Farmer’s Market 11 to 3, and Apple Festival with many special events.
Blackstone Valley Music, vocal students led by Shanna Keegan noon to 2.
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