Adjusted for inflation, 55 cents in 1975 had
the purchasing power of $2.51 now.
Hopedale in July
Ezine for July 1 - Hopedale Mansions
Mid-July ezine - Hopedale's Early Streets
Hopedale in June 2018
Hopedale in July 2017
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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.
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.
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.
Hopedale Selectman Tom Wesley. Click here to listen to what Tom
has to say about the plan for development of the Draper property.
Revere Beach Sand Sculpture Festival.
Click here to see more photos.
From the Cultural Council
On the Hopedale bandstand this week (July 25) is the cool jazz sound of Mahrud. 7pm.
DJ Mike will be entertaining the kids 6-7pm. Rain date: Thursday
Food concessions: pizza, popcorn, ice cream, snacks, and drinks. Glow necklaces and bracelets.
Canoes and kayaks from Fin and Feather on the pond.
This is the last concert of the season. Please join us!
Hopedale Ave in the view above is in Jamaica.
Here's a interesting page done by an observer from the Visiting New England site. It begins
with the Town Common, but continues with much more, including a lot on the "Hopedale
feature: it's located within the historic 1887-built Hopedale Town Hall building that features
grand Romanesque brownstone architecture.
The restaurant's location suggests a dining spot that's about as "townie" as one could get. We
see standalone townie restaurants in our downtown districts, at the strip malls, and as
roadside shacks on remote streets, but I can't ever recall seeing a restaurant located in a
The Town Common restaurant is one of my local favorite places to eat -- an excellent
breakfast and lunch place with the pleasing, old-fashioned combination of counter, tables,
coffee brewing, and quick, efficient diner-like service. It's a terrific stop for comfort food meals
like burgers, club sandwiches and pancakes (that are as wide as the plate!), etc.
Looking at Boston from across the harbor in East Boston.
This is very unusual for Hopedale Pond.
From National Weather Service chat:
TORNADO IN UPTON, MA...
START LOCATION...WESTERN UPTON IN WORCESTER COUNTY, MA
END LOCATION...WESTERN UPTON IN WORCESTER COUNTY, MA
DATE...JULY 26, 2018
ESTIMATED TIME...241 AM
MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF-1
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...100 MPH
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...100 YARDS
PATH LENGTH...1.0 MILE
BEGINNING LAT/LON...42.167 NORTH, 71.627 WEST
ENDING LAT/LON...42.181 NORTH, 71.620 WEST
THE SAME PARENT STORM DROPPED A SECOND TORNADO IN THE TOWN OF UPTON, MA.
IT TOUCHED DOWN ON HARTFORD AVENUE SOUTH, JUST SOUTH OF THE RAILROAD
TRACKS IN WEST UPTON. THE TORNADO CROSSED ROUTE 140 AND PRODUCED MOST OF
ITS DAMAGE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD OF EPHRAM'S WAY, BETWEEN JONATHANS
WAY AND WARREN STREET. THE TORNADO TRACKED A LITTLE FARTHER TO THE
NORTHEAST INTO THE SOUTHWEST PORTION OF THE UPTON STATE FOREST BEFORE
WINDS WERE ESTIMATED AT 70 TO 80 MPH NEAR THE RAILROAD TRACKS WHERE IT
BEGAN, OR EF-0 ON THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE. HOWEVER, IT INTENSIFIED TO
APPROXIMATELY 100 MPH WHEN IT APPROACHED EPHRAM'S WAY, WHICH IS
EF-1 ON THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE. LARGE OAK AND MAPLE TREES WERE UPROOTED
AND SOME WERE SNAPPED. SOME TREES FELL ONTO HOUSES, CAUSING SOME ROOF
DAMAGE. ONE ROOF ON ROUTE 140 WAS DAMAGED WHEN THE STRONG WINDS GOT
UNDERNEATH IT AND FLIPPED A PORTION OF IT OVER. NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED.
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN NORTON, MA WOULD LIKE TO EXPRESS ITS
SINCERE APPRECIATION TO ALL OF THE TOWNS' FIRE AND POLICE DEPARTMENTS
FOR THEIR HELP WITH THIS SURVEY AND TO THE MASSACHUSETTS EMERGENCY
MANAGEMENT AGENCY FOR ALL OF THEIR ASSISTANCE WITH THIS SURVEY, INCLUDING
PERSONALLY ESCORTING US TO THE MOST SEVERELY DAMAGED AREAS. WE THANK
THE RESIDENTS WHO ALLOWED US TO VIEW THE DAMAGE IN THEIR BACKYARDS AND
LISTEN TO THEIR ACCOUNTS OF THE EVENT. AND, WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK OUR
SKYWARN AMATEUR RADIO COORDINATORS FOR THEIR DETAILED INFORMATION IN
HELPING TO PINPOINT THE DAMAGE LOCATIONS.