Edward C. Burnham, Jr.          Davis Gabry   

Paul H. Harris                          Darrel F. Lindsey   

Raymond A. Piper                   John M. Raymond   

Walter H. Tillotson   
Milford Gazette - November 15, 1918

Hopedale in November

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    Evidently an Armistice Day event, just three weeks before the Pearl Harbor
    attack. Click here to read peoples memories of the war years in Hopedale.

    As far as I know, this house on Fruit Street in Milford is the
    only remaining octagon home in this vicinity. Click here to
    see the three octagons that once were in Hopedale.

    For several years our chestnut trees have shown the effects of the blight, and acting on the
    recommendations of the Nation and State, the cutting of the trees was decided upon. The removal of
    so many trees leaves some spots more or less bare; this will be overcome by natural seeding and
    planting next season. Report of the Park Commissioners, 1915

    The cutting and removal of the chestnut trees affected by the blight has left spaces looking decidedly
    bare. Over 12,000 red and white pines have been planted and more will be set out next spring. Report
    of the Park Commissioners, 1916

    In our nursery are several thousand little white and red pines which we propose to transplant next
    spring; replacing them by others so that before long the cut-over sections will have worthwhile trees
    growing to replace the chestnuts which the blight caused us to remove. Report of the Park
    Commissioners, 1917

    The chestnut blight - Wikipedia

    This group of trick-or treaters on our front porch amounted
    to half of the number that arrived here this year.

Left - Draper plant 1954

Right - Draper plant 2018

    Click here to see more on the Natick
    Praying Indian Burial Ground.

    When the maple in our front yard had to come down about 20 years
    ago, I dug up a little one in the woods and planted it. Here it is.
    Great color this year, and I'll have leaves to add to my compost pile.

    Who are they? I have no idea, but I was passing by and
    thought I should take some pictures. I said, "Drive-by
    shooting," so the photographer shot back.

    Wedding parties being photographed are a frequent site
    by Hopedale Pond, so why did these folks pick the shop
    for a background? It was a very windy day (November 3)
    and maybe they found that location to be more protected.

Hopedale c. 1954. Click here for more aerial views.

    My guess as to why the pictures were taken in front of the shop turned out to be totally wrong. I
    thought it might be possible that someone who knew the bride and groom would run across the
    picture here, but I didn't expect to hear from anyone the next day, if ever. However, the next day I
    received the following:


    My name is Dan Guerino, and I am the groom from the wedding you saw in front of the mill
    yesterday (11/03/18). My wife and I are honored to be featured on your site, and we enjoyed
    seeing the pictures and reading what you have written about the area. We chose to take the
    photos in front of the mill because we love the old-style brick aesthetic. We took our engagement
    photos there exactly one year ago today, and wanted to do the formal wedding photos the same
    way. I am very much in love with architecture and imagery from the late 1800’s through the mid-
    1900’s, and the mill is a beautiful representation of the Blackstone Valley during that era. Please
    feel free to reach out, or keep in touch if you are so inclined. I will keep up with your site as well.

    Best Regards,
    Daniel Guerino

    I also got the following from the photographer:

    Hi there,
    I was sent you website, I am the photographer from the wedding yesterday. Thanks for stopping
    and adding to the fun. The bride and groom are Chelsea and Dan from Milford, local kids. We did
    their engagement photos at the mill a year ago and the wanted to go back and bring the wedding
    party, so we braved the wind and cold and had a quick shoot.

    I attached the photo I got of you and one of the final images from the stop. I am a photog in
    Medway, and I use that area for photos all the time. Enjoyed looking at your page. I will share it
    on mine.  Here is my post from the wedding: http://timricephoto.com/archives/53287


    And there I am, shooting the photographer as
    he's shooting me. Thanks for sending it, Tim.

                                                         BELLS FOR PEACE

    The U.S. World War One Centennial Commission is encouraging everyone to ring bells on Nov. 11.
    For information, visit worldwar1centennial.org/…/bells-of-peace-a-world-war-i-reme…

                                                                     MOVING WALL

    From Thursday, Nov. 8, through Monday, Nov. 12, Patriot Place in Foxborough will host the Moving
    Wall, the half-sized replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. For individuals
    that have not seen this monument in Washington, the Moving Wall travels across the country to
    provide people an opportunity to honor the men and women who died in Vietnam.

    The Moving Wall will be located in Lot 5 of Gillette Stadium. Visitors are asked to arrive via the P1
    entrance and follow signage to parking lot 5. Spectators will have an opportunity to visit the wall
    starting at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8, until noon on Monday, Nov. 12. The memorial is open to the
    public for all hours of the day and night. Parking at Gillette Stadium and admission to visit the
    Moving Wall are free.

    Who is this gentleman? To find out, click
    on the picture to go to a page about him.

    Work has started on the G&U bridge over Hopedale Street.
    Looks like the extension to Milford is finally underway.
    Click here to go to Now and Then at the G&U Bridge.

    The Blackstone Gorge on November 10.
    Click here to see video of it on another
    high water day.

    That's my uncle, Tom Malloy, in France, on the right. He had quite
    an experience during the war. Click here to read about it.

    I was doing this crossword a few days ago, and when I got to 8
    Down, that caught my attention. The clue - Town historian usually. By
    the time i got to it I had a few letters and came up with the answer.
    OLDTIMER. Yeah, that's usually the case.

    After seeing the photos of the Natick Praying Indian location
    on this page, Oliver Nichelson sent this picture of a historic
    marker at the Grafton reservation.

November 15

    Pictures taken on November 16th a bit after 8.
    The temp was about 40 and it was raining.

    Above - Lower Jones, looking toward Dutcher.

    Right - Inman, with snow covering leaf piles

A little ice. November 16.

    Click above to go to Hopedale localtownpages for articles on the 1918
    flu epidemic, the holiday stroll, the Cub Scout Olympics, and more.

    The ice that can be seen in the picture taken on the 16th melted. It
    probably would have frozen again on the 22nd (Thanksgiving) but
    didn't because of the wind. The picture above was taken on the 23rd.

    As kids, the dump, before all of the restrictions were created, was quite a place to live and learn.  
    Shooting rats for target practice.  At 12 or 13 years of age and older, we would have pellet guns or 22’s.  
    Whenever there was a dump fire, burning back underground, the fire department would come and
    hose into the dump banking.  When this happened the rats were extremely numerous and very actively
    moving all over the banks. It would be when the fire department was putting out the underground
    burning that we would be on the other end of the banking firing away.  We reduced the rat population
    considerably at those fires

    Click here to see who wrote this, and more of his memories of Hopedale in the 1940s and 1950s.