Groundhog Day, 2008. This event had
nothing to do with groundhogs, though.
Click here to see what was going on.
Kingdom Hall, Plain Street. It was
built in a weekend. Here's the story.
Spindleville Pond, February 1. Thin ice a bit further upstream
from this view led to a tragic drowning in 1944.
On thin ice - February 1.
Thanks to Don Howes for posting this on Facebook.
Click here to see much more on the Inman Street houses.
"Mouseover" house photos to see how they look now.
My son, DJ, came across this wrench in his tool box recently, and decided that
he should pass it on to me. The fact that it says "Draper Company" helps to
narrow down its age. By the 1890s, companies operating in the Hopedale
Street/Freedom Street area included E.D. and George Draper, the Hopedale
Furnace Company, the Hopedale Machine Screw Company, the Northrop
Loom Company, George Draper and Sons, the Dutcher Temple Company, the
Sawyer Spindle Company and the Hopedale Elastic Goods Company. By
1898 these (other than Elastic Fabric, I presume, which closed in Hopedale.
William Lapworth then opened his Lapworth Elastic Fabrics in Milford.)) had
all been merged to form the Draper Company, which in 1916 reorganized as
the Draper Corporation.
Hopedale - February 2020
January ezine - Hopedale in 1920, Part 1
February ezine - Hopedale in 1920, Part 2
Hopedale in January 2020
Hopedale in February 2019
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Here you can see what was going on in the world on the day I was born.
It's a jigsaw puzzle that I just finished. My sister-in-law, Maureen, gave it to
me for Christmas. When I first dumped the 1000 pieces out on a table, I
thought I might not finish it until next Christmas, but I kept at it, and here it
is, just a little past Groundhog Day. It didn't help that most of the articles
were on the same subject - the war. Interesting to note that although this
was more than six months before Pearl Harbor, the U.S. was preparing
for war. The article that goes from top to bottom on the left is about
increasing the production of bombers. There's also an article about
making it possible for college students to finish in three years, so that
they'd graduate before being drafted.
headlines, click here.
Hopedale High School JV Basketball Team - 1961-61
Jerry Rice, Dave Heron Cal Mosher Rick Frances, Ken Henderson, Fran Cheschi, Tom Daige, Mike
Campanile, Steve Ostroski
Pete Marzetta, Chuck Espanet, Al Marzetta, Dave Digirolamo, Jim Stock, Steve Sardell, Rich Moore
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The Atkinson store in Spindleville. Thanks to David Atkinson
for sending it. Later the store belonged to a couple named
Hatt. They were there in 1955 when the flood that year washed
what was both their store and their home down the river, The
roof of the house can be seen in the picture below. More
pictures of the 1955 flood in Spindleville.
Here's a Valentine's Day story for you - a wartime wedding. Below is part of General Draper's account of
his marriage to Lilla Joy in 1862. Click here for the complete story, from his autobiography, Recollections
of a Varied Career. It begins when the general, at that time a captain, had returned to Hopedale from the
South, on furlough.
After a family council we came to the conclusion that it would be better for us to be married before my
return to the army, since Lilla would then be privileged to visit and care for me in case I should be ill or
wounded. This settled, it was decided that we should be married the next evening, the 15th of September,
as I felt obliged to leave for the seat of war Tuesday. Monday I visited Governor Andrew at Boston, to
transact certain military business and to obtain, if possible, definite knowledge of the location of my
regiment. Concerning the latter I could learn nothing certainly, but I received an order to join it with the
least possible delay. I was unable to return home till the last train and did not reach the house till
seven P.M., the hour of the wedding being eight. At the appointed hour, or a little later, the ceremony
was performed by my good friend, Rev. Adin Ballou, of whom I have before written, our immediate
families and Mrs. Ballou being the only wedding guests. My wife, like many other brides, wore a
dress from Paris, -- not ordered for the occasion, but purchased by her there a year before, while
traveling. I was arrayed in a new uniform, with huge captain's straps upon the shoulders, a pair of
new cavalry boots and white cotton gloves completing the inventory. We were not married upon as
long notice or in as much style as might be considered desirable to-day, but I don't think we lived the
less happily for want of either. My age at the date of my marriage was twenty years and five months,
and my wife was nearly seventeen months younger, -- and from my experience I can recommend
Below are links to more photos of the Draper plant, rescued from
the trash by Bob Anderson, during Draper's last years in Hopedale.
Page 11 - pictures from inside the plant.
Page 12 - Building the West Foundry.
Page 13 - Making sand molds in the "old foundry."
Sgt. Arthur Brown was shot down over Germany
during World War Ii. Click here to see the story.
For Presidents' Day
William Howard Taft was the only president to stay overnight in
Hopedale. Here's the story.
overnight at the Ammidon Inn in Mendon, which was just a few
hundred yards from the future Mendon/Hopedale town line. He
made a stop, but the overnight stay didn't work out. Here's the story.
A few times over the past 20 years I've done my
"junk science" program at the library. I call it that
because most of what I use is from throwaway
items, much of it found at the recycling center.
Among the "junk" items are a hand-cranked AC
generator, a DC generator made from a cordless
drill, milli and micro ammeters, and magnets
salvaged from speakers.
at Draper's home on Adin Street.