Adjusted for inflation, 55 cents in 1975 had
    the purchasing power of $2.51 now.

Hopedale in July

More photos will be added during this month.

Ezine for July 1 -
Hopedale Mansions   

Hopedale in June 2018   

Hopedale in July 2017   

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    This device was manufactured in Hopedale by the Dutcher
    Temple Company. What is it? You may have a less industrial
    looking one in your home. Click here to read about it.

    This information on Hopedale Pond above is from massachusettspaddler.com.
    Click here to see more of what it has about the pond.

    Here are two of Hopedale's stone masterpieces shown on post cards. The Statue of
    Hope card was sent in 1904 (the year the statue was erected) and as you can see,
    the Unitarian Church card was sent in 1906. All that was needed to get the card to
    the intended recipient in small towns in those days was name, town and state.

    These pictures give a hint at what it
    looked like inside the Draper plant in
    the years before it became an empty
    shell. Click here to see more views.
Hopedale Pond

    There was a bit of a scandal going on at the time when
    the Statue of Hope was expected to arrive from Rome,
    where it had been created. The sculptor, Waldo Story,
    left his wife and took up with an opera singer. Gen
    Draper feared the preoccupied Story might not
    complete the statue. Click here for more on the statue,
    including a letter written to Story by the general.

    Above - the Howard and Lilla (Bancroft) Bracken house on
    Hopedale Street - a post card view from eBay. Click here  to see
    more about the Brackens. Below - a current photo of the house.

The south end of the remains of the Draper plant - July 3.
National Register Nomination, 2001
Park schedule from localtownpages - Hopedale. Click here to go to
the July issue, which also includes articles on the HHS boys tennis
team, girls tennis, softball, Youth Baseball, Bancroft Library news,
Senior Center news, and more.

Click here to read the complete articles (July 6 and July 7) and other related articles.

Draper Menu
These items are from the Park Commission Facebook
page. Someone added, "Don't feed the geese at all.

    Above - The two faces of Janus on the Hopedale Town Hall.

    Below - Janus at the entrance to Memorial Hall in Milford.

    Since both buildings are of Romanesque architecture I figured the faces must be of Roman gods, but
    had forgotten about Janus. Thanks to Dick Grady for the story. Here's a bit about Janus from Wikipedia:

    In ancient Roman religion and myth, Janus (/ˈdʒeɪnəs/; Latin: IANVS (Iānus), pronounced [ˈjaː.nus]) is
    the god of beginnings, gates, transitions, time, duality, doorways, passages, and endings. He is
    usually depicted as having two faces, since he looks to the future and to the past. It is conventionally
    thought that the month of January is named for Janus (Ianuarius),but according to ancient Roman
    farmers' almanacs Juno was the tutelary deity of the month.

    Above - Hopedale Town Hall

    Below - Memorial Hall, Milford.

    Both buildings were designed by architect Frederick Swasey.

    And here's another place built in Richardsonian Romanesque style -
    the Harvard Epworth church on Mass Ave in Cambridge. Cambridge
    City Hall is also done in that style. Thanks for the picture, DJ.

This is for those of you who remember Don Kent.

    Here are a couple of sights we saw while walking
    along the rail trail in Blackstone on July 15. You can get
    to the parking lot at the beginning of that section of the
    trail by taking Bridge Street off of Route 122 in the
    center of Blackstone. Go through Monument Square
    and continue about another 100 yards to the parkling lot.
Here are a few of the cats at the Milford Humane
Society shelter on Route 140. They're well cared
for there, but they'
re all looking at you with that
"take me home with you" look
The picture below
is from their website. Even stray cats have