It had been a very long time since I was in touch with anyone from our time in
Hopedale, or “Happy Valley” as Mr. Care, my scoutmaster, used to say, making
fun. For me it really was a happy valley. Now that many years have passed, and
after a life a thousand miles away, I came to question the reality of it all. It became
more like a favorite book rather then an experience I had. Then my sister Patti put
me in touch with this website by Dan Malloy, who in turn put me in touch with
three old friends from those days, Dana Francis, Tim Cox and Gary Wright. This
essay is a partial compilation of emails showing a verification of retrieved
memories. Thanks to Dana, Tim, Gary, Patti, and Dan.
Click here to see who is in the pictures above and read a great account of
growing up in Hopedale in the 1960s.
March 22, 1950 - Workers at the site (near 200 Dutcher Street)
all during the day and evening numbered about 40, with about
100 others visiting just out of curiosity. Milford Daily News
Hopedale in March
More photos will be added during the month.
Ezine for March 1 - Brilliant Man, Tragic Life
Ezine for mid-March - Draper Open House, 1950
Hopedale in March 2018
Hopedale in February 2019
Click here for much more on the Lake Street neighborhood,
including Progress and Soward streets.
We're Number 1!!!
Without this article we would have
gone through our lives not knowing
that Hopedale once was home to
Ethel, world champ butter fat producer.
course is now.
"This is how the street I lived on in Hopedale looked in winter," wrote
Herbert B. in 1910, when sending a postcard which shows Hopedale
Street near the center of town. The Joseph and Sylvia Bancroft house
(the white house) is still there, as well as the home of their daughter
Lilla, which is on the left. The fire station referred to as the hose
house, on the right, and the house next to it are long gone. Also gone
are the trees and the trolley tracks.
Thanks to Katherine Mendykowski Wright for this. Kathi had posted it on Facebook. This class
graduated in 1976. The picture was probably taken in 1966-67.
Mrs Kleya's 3rd grade class. Willard Gould, Melissa Young, Donald Dionne, Diane Thayer, Beth
Vance, Wayne Larson, Roberta Carnaroli, Curt Jansen, Mary Gannett, Todd Smith, me, Peter Best,
Anita Antelli, Cathy Miller, David Mantoni, Cindy Meaden, Bobby Libertore, Bea Recchia, Mary Marcus,
Ricky George, Becky Wright, Tracy Ronan, Mark Deiana, Cindy Melin, Joe Potty, Kathy Jo Romiglio.
We had a bit of snow overnight, March 3-4. Area
towns had measurement of 15 to 16 inches.
On ebay this month.
Above - Shaw's
Below - Hopedale Street
A nice little item from the good old
days of smoking in your living room.