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    For a few years after I started this site (2002, I think) I had a guest book, but I haven't had that for some
    time now.  In 2011, I decided that in place of a guest book, I'd do a page with some of the comments
    on the site that I receive by email now and then.

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    I get so much pleasure out of the Hopedale website, with the pictures and articles that bring up so
    many memories! Thank you for your effort, and I hope you are able to sustain it for many more years!

    David

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    Peter in Melbourne always responds, and frequently sends Hopedale items he finds online.

    Hello Dan,
    Many Thanks for your very good history of the Draper's and the Company, that was a good read and it
    gave me even a better understanding. I have yet to follow all links but will do so in a few minutes.
    Peter

    Here's another from Peter:

      It was great to see the end remark from Richard in thanking you for all you do, I enjoyed his story to
    the full. It's high time some of your contacts thanked you in this manner and good to see you have
    included it.

    Peter (Peter was referring to this from Richard: "Dear Dan. Thanks for all you do my friend...."  Actually
    no one says thank you more often than Peter.)

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    At my age I never, never forget the Hoglunds, Inghams, Safstroms or 46 Inman street, and the
    Hopedale Foundation.

    What a perfect place and to have a talented historian like you to bring  it all back do not have to wait for
    heaven you create one for all of us.  There is no question in my mind that you have developed a
    treasure of the heart for everyone who loves Hopedale and others who want to just know about this
    Utopian place.

    Thank you, Dana   

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    Dan your efforts should get national attention. Your body of work as a historian forever paints the
    picture in this case of a beautiful place called Hopedale.

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    Well, that was a tug on the heart strings - the video and slides of graduation and the (Memorial Day)
    parade. I guess I did that parade six years while in the band plus maybe a few more, walking the route
    with the Scouts. It's nice to see the hold graduations again on the Community House steps. Just
    something nice about seeing those pictures of downtown, the Community House, etc.
    Thanks.
    Tim

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    Your Hopedale website is really marvelous.  I lived in Hopedale from 1954 through 1958, and went to
    high school there.
    D.S.

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    Leonardo C (from sant'ippolito)

    To the nice person Mr Dan Malloy extra thanks for your very kind help to all of us, grazie ancora, di cuore
    ciao

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    You continue to do a wonderful job with the history and current news of Hopedale.
    L. S.

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    Again, many Thanks for keeping me on your history newsletters mailings!!!   
    Art H (One of many messages of thanks from Art.)

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    Really like the IAQ’s section.
    Richard

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    Thanks, Danny.  I particularly enjoyed your April photos
    A.L.

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    Peter's comments on the Hopedale ezine are always quite specific.

    Hello Dan,

    May I thank you for this edition.

    The History of the Charles River is of most interest, especially the two bottom documents plus the talk
    of the " Craigie Bridge " and Longfellow. The above documents were also of interest and tell a very
    good history.

    Outdoor fun at the Library looks like someone has taught them how to make those water bombs and
    the bottle rocket, something we never had with the glass bottles before plastic came in.

    The Shop & Sawmill, you are now getting more good documents that go back a way and also mention
    the Rev. Ballou, of interest also was your article written by G. Hopper about Mill River and the different
    heights of the river.

    I will take a look at the rest tonight.

    Regards,
    Peter.

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    The comment below refers to an animated history of Hopedale I have on YouTube.

    Great history, but really, the use of this imagery - cardboard box robots? geodesic domes? - is just
    plain stupid. Kind of an insult to the town, it's history and people, as well...
        
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    Dan:

    Thank you so much for taking the time to walk Hopedale with me and share your insights on town
    history. You are so full of useful facts and information, and it was great to talk to Howsie about
    Oakledge as well. I also found a number of good things in the town reports after our meeting, and am
    in the thick of working on adding all this new knowledge to my writeups on Hopedale for the Warren
    Manning book.

    The links are great. I can't believe the photos of the pond from last summer. Sure enough I see the
    stone walls, and the bridge is very much visible as well. I will have to look into Ballou's history to see
    what he says about the Cutler Bridge and other early Hopedale history.

    MM - Library of Landscape Architecture

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    Hello Dan,
    Wow!  I just finished reading your recent post \ update to The Statue of Hope at the Library. What an
    awesome story it is. It sure adds an interesting twist to the statue history, and of our little town . It is
    funny how a bit of scandalous news can spice things up a bit.  Lol.. Thank you so much for all the effort
    and research you do to keep your always, work in progress web site so interesting. It is by far a great
    contribution to our town, and my hats off to you my friend.

    Warmest Regards,

    Richard

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    THANKS Dan.  I love "You know you"re from Hopedale if...............RUSS D

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    Dan,

               I just read about the “Seven Sisters Gang””.  I have to tell you that I loved it.  I did get a laugh out
    of the fact that it was near Draper Field.  of course that means where Draper  Field was later located,
    since that gang of “groupies” melded in the mid 30’s, long before Draper Field was even a dream.   

    The Holmes’s (46 Progress St.)and the Soderberg’s (136 Freedom St.) lived in the house on the
    corner of Freedom and Progress St., in fact Shirley and Gladys Holmes moved into that house in 1927
    and the Soderbergs not to far from that date.  I never heard of the Tuten name so the Seven sisters
    Gang must have driven them out before I was old enough to know the Tuten name.  Good job guys.

    I did know or recognize most of the names in the “Gang”.  They were a generation ahead of me or I am
    sure that I would have been mixed up with them as well.   I hate to think what might have happened to
    the poor cat.  I’ll bet Johny Cembruch knows.

    Bob H   

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    The comment about the YouTube show (a few comments up) brought about a number of  replies.
    Here are a few:

    The video is sort of cute.  Critics should try their own hands at doing something they like better.  I'm not
    sure about the meaning of the box imagery, but it captures attention and gets the story out there.   DCS

    That video was just plain fun, rather cute, and informative. Don't get rid of it.   AS

    Dan, it 's fine.......don't listen to this guy.... Kenny, if you can do better, show us!    sassychick36

    I have gone back for another look at it and find nothing wrong with your choice, the history is good and
    it beats looking at a stationery object while one listens to the history.   PM

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     If I understand correctly, you are the "Dan in Hopedale" who runs that website?  I find it incredibly
    informative (especially all of the information on the Drapers!) and it is also nice to keep updated with
    stuff going on down in Hopedale. Nathan P

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    Just visited the site - thanks for your continued efforts .I lived in Hopedale in the early sixties , lived on
    Mendon St. between the Phillips and Doneleys . Had we not moved , I would have been in the class of
    '70 . Looking at all the photos brings back wonderful memories of that place I will always consider my
    hometown .

    Thanks again .

    Carlton Morgan
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    Thanks for that little more info, you have done Very well this year especially with all the research you
    have been able to do at the Library.

    Again, thanks for all the Histories you have made up and sent this year - they were all interesting and
    the photography was A1.

    Peter

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    You do great stuff-- I hope others appreciate your great work--kudos to you.  

    Len L

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    Dan,

    I enjoyed your YouTube movie of Hopedale in 2011 set to great music. You have had a busy year and I
    feel have added some of the best information to your site compared to any other year thus far. In
    addition you have made up all the folders at the Library for other's to enjoy which involves a great deal
    of work.  May the year of 2012 be another great year for you both.
    ~ Happy New Year ~
    Peter

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    Dan,
    You continue to be a treasure for the town. Thanks for all you do.
    Bob Moro

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    Wow- your links to other articles are awe-inspiring. Please add me to your mailing list if you continue
    to send out newsletters/ emails.

    Thanks,
    Jeannette

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    Hi Dan,

              Thought I would give a short Thanks for all your work on this website. You probably don't
    remember, but I stopped and said hi last September. We talked for a little while about Hopedale in the
    50's. I believe I caught you on your way out the door to pick up your wife. I don't know how often you
    hear it, but I would like to say thanks again for all your efforts on this site. I usually check by once a
    week and enjoy articles and photos of my old home town.

    Phil C

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    Hello Dan:

    ALWAYS enjoy your site.  But this Webster Lake tell-all article is a shift to my Worcester County
    paradigm!  It's like finding out there is no Santa Claus.  Truth is just tough to take at times. Thanks for
    the cold water facts concerning that great legendary lake with the mystical name.

    Yours remorsefully,
    Marc

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    Dan,

    I can guarantee that I read EVERY ONE of your messages. I treat them like a little boy would when
    getting a cookie from his Mom. They are great and I am so pleased that you are continuing your
    volunteer articles. Must be that Elaine is as giving as you for the time you spend on your research and
    articles is time away from your wife. THANK YOU, TOO, ELAINE.


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    I am one the people who read your Hopedale History e-mails and I just love them!  Thank you for doing
    this!
    Victoria R

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    I continue to be amazed at two things-- the wonderful history of that little town and the effort you expend
    in gathering the great stories about it. Keep up the good work. I look forward each new installment

    Len L

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    I congratulate you on the content and quality of your work. I have been fascinated by the completeness
    of the website.

    Frank C

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    I know I don't keep in touch, but just wanted you to know I read these stories all the time still!
    Thanks so much again. My mom went to Hopedale High. I have her diploma in a creative memories
    scrapbook that I did of her.

    Thanks again
                                                 Donna P

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    We are enjoying great stuff that you are sending.  The pictures of the General Draper Library were
    fantastic.

    Bill R  

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    Dan!

    Thanks so much for such a thoughtful and generous offering.  Always is with your updates … but this
    strikes a real chord with me.  Great stuff!  Keep the faith... and hope you keep at it!

    All the best,
    Marc P
    Natick, MA

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    Love, love, love, the video and the song.  (Sleepy Little Town) What a wonderful tribute to Hopedale.  My
    daughter watched it with me as I am down here in Boston.

    Sandy

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    OMG I went to the site. IT IS INCREDIBLE. I was a history major so I was quite impressed. I would
    really like to be added to the list.

    Thanks again. Diane

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    Hi Dan,
    Greetings from Fort Myers, where I now live. I just wanted to compliment you on the latest Hopedale
    History email. Great stuff Dan! I forwarded this to a half dozen of my friends. I continue to believe that
    you and Elaine are a special gift to the town. Thanks for doing this for everyone.

    Take care,
    Bob

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    Dan, I continue to be both delighted and awed by the information you've gathered into your website.  
    Bravo again and again!     George D

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    Thank you Dan!

    This is terrific, I am a genealogy nut. I love to have the cemetery stones for my ancestors. Your
    kindness is greatly appreciated, I’m putting them right up on my family tree!

    Best,
    Helen

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    Dan,

    Thank you so much, you have gone above and beyond. I have always tried to get obits and cemetery
    markers for my research, I had none on the Parkers. The articles fill in the blanks on Paul K.’s death. I
    knew he died young in an accident but not much else.

    Again I can’t thank you enough, you have been wonderfully helpful. I appreciate your time and effort.

    Regards,
    Helen

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    Thank you for the FABULOUS job you do with the web page!!!! I so enjoy it.

    Marcia A

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    An interesting aside is that Bayard's 2 daughters have now hooked up with Winfield's 2 sons (not
    daughter yet) so your site has reunited a whole group of cousins who had lost touch.

    Meredith

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    You need to make your group aware of the hours you put in.  From time to time I will continue to
    maintain my membership. (it is my privilege)  We are all so lucky to have you on our memory team.  
    Newsletter tells of your efforts as they should.

    Dana    While there is no actual "membership," Dana (HHS 1958) has been making a contribution for
    the support of the website for the past several years.

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    Just wanted to thank you very much for the site you maintain. I found it by googleing my old neighbor's
    name, just curious. My family lived in Hopedale, 1965 to 1970. Sweet memories. Please thank Richard
    Bodreau, for his article. I plan to read more, but can take this stuff only a little at a time. I have moved
    several times over a thousand miles, but the little move to Framingham, in 1970, when I was 14 and a
    half, was the hardest to take by far.

    Michael C.   

    And after I replied and asked if he remembered my cousins, Michael wrote:

    Dan,

    After thinking about it, I think I do remember your Grandfather Malloy. (Actually he was thinking of my
    uncle, Tom Malloy.) Several times Gary had me go with him to his grandparents to play with the toy
    soldiers they had. I believe they lived out past Sacred Heart Church a bit. Your grandfather was in WW1
    and had a complete uniform he showed us. Gary, Jeff Alger and I joined together for the Halloween
    parade. I was dressed in my Uncle's WW2 army uniform, Jeff had stuff from his brother who was in
    Vietnam and Gary wore your grandfather's WW1 outfit with leg wrappings and metal helmet etc.
    Anyway, the three of us joined together for Halloween as stretcher bearers carrying a dummy. The third
    guy, I forget who, held an IV bottle. We won first prize.

    Many, many memories.

    Michael

    And after going through a bit more of the site:

    Dan, you are doing truly wonderful work and making many people very happy. I have three sisters and
    they are thrilled with what you have done. I have no pictures from that time. Over the years my
    memories of Hopedale, have seemed like a great book I read instead of actual experience.

    God bless you,
    Michael

    Here's another link to Michael C. After writing to me about his Hopedale memories a number of times,
    I suggested that he do a full article. He did. It's a wonderful story of growing up in Hopedale in the late
    1960s.

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    Hi Dan,
    Thanks for taking these photos every month.  I really enjoy them and they make me nostalgic for
    Massachusetts. Hope you and Elaine are well.
    Have a great spring and summer!

    Dana F  

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    I liked so many items in this recent batch!  I began with the Kentucky connection to the family, but soon
    branched out to almost everything else.  Especially liked the bored actress and the photos of
    Hopedale in May!

    All the best,

    George D

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    Helen was my great grandmother. A fantastic find. Thank you. I shared with the whole Parker clan this
    evening!

    Paul

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    Dan, thank you for the great article about the Harel House. My brother worked there many years ago.
    He knew how to repair upholstered furniture. He told me he learned how to do it at the Harel House. I
    once went there with him. What a fascinating place it was.

    David

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    Hi Dan,

    I love all the old pictures and history. Thank you very much.

    Regards,
    Bob G

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    Dan,
    I wanted to thank you again for your wonderful website.  I so enjoy reading about Hopedale's history,
    but it also has taken us back in our minds to a wonderful, simpler time, reminding us of such fond
    memories. What a great community, and it still seems to thrive on its original mission.

    My brother Michael has been able to reconnect with his special friends from our days in Hopedale, and
    it has meant a lot to him, and myself. It is so strange how you remember names and places like it was
    yesterday. And we were very young. Hopedale has left a lifelong impression on our lives.

    Patti H

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    I really enjoyed the photos and other memorabilia from the Draper Field Days. I wrote about them in
    my Master's thesis a long time ago. Always fun to get the Hopedale History e-mail.

    Anita D.   

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    I found your web site while I was researching the Draper Corp and want to congratulate on a wonderful
    resource. What a lot of work. My wife is a Draper descendant so it has been a thrill to read. We were in
    Hopedale today for Nancy Gannett's funeral, so your web site was especially poignant. Thanks for all
    the hard work

    David B

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    Dear Dan,

    Just amazing work. Congratulations! You should open a detective agency.  Yes Beatrice was my
    mother. Thank you for giving us this little bit of family history.

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    Wow - you just made my day.  My Dad is having serious health issues -- I shared this with him - you
    can not imagine the change in him. He was so excited. He never knew that his father in-law Marshall
    Newell had known his father.  What's even better for me -- is that I know he will start thinking and trying
    to remember.

    I can not thank you enough for your kindness. I know I sound crazy - but I just want to convey my
    appreciation.

     If my Dad gets better, I want to take him back to Hopedale and visit the library.

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    Dear Dan: With sadness in my heart I am writing you to let you know that my husband John has died.
    This was on Wednesday the 12th of March. He died peacefully in his sleep after a few months of heart
    problems. He so appreciated your friendship and I wish to thank you for all you've done in bringing him
    such joy in your many articles etc.  Connie

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    Just had another close look, (at the picture of the HHS 1951 girls' basketball team) and will have to
    find some way to restore that to museum quality! My sister is there, and I have lots more of her, but
    what a flood of memories from others on the team! I knew everyone there, dated some, both before
    and after the time that was taken. The Lapworths lived diagonally across Highland Street. We were at
    28 Mendon, on the corner next to the Goffs. Next to us on Highland were the Stares. What a flood of
    memories!
    David   

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    Hi Dan,
    I always enjoy your Hopedale History compilations, as you know, but I had to write in praise of Walter
    Brown's recollections of his Purchase Street neighbors. How in god's name could he remember all
    that? Truly amazing. I grew up on Dilla Street and knew many of the folks he summarized-house after
    house after house. Truly amazing and a gift to all who read it. You are amazing too Dan. Thank you for
    your efforts and keep up the good work.
    Bob M

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    Hi Dan,

    Great vintage information!! I loved reading about the history of the Patrick and Calarese families and
    the old pictures are fantastic. Thanks for your efforts in putting this information together and
    distributing it. Have a great summer.

    Regards,
    Bob G

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    Great to read the history of the town I still love to call home.
    MaryAnne


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    That's fantastic. The Draper looms the company picked up actually came to us from South America.
    Really appreciate having you as a resource. Funny how the world likes to connect people. All and any
    of your help would be much appreciated. We can chat more soon today after I conference with my
    boss. Thanks so much for reaching out.

    Bryce

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    Hi Dan
    I just wanted to thank you for your Hopedale Site.   My Dad just died over Christmas at age 91 -- he and
    I took such joy from looking through your site and exploring the past. Many of your photos were a
    catalyst for other conversations and discussions about characters and happenings in the past.

    I so appreciate that you took the time to do this -- your photos and newspaper clippings gave my Dad
    and I an opportunity to talk about his childhood and his family's history in Hopedale.   My Aunt (Mary
    Northrup Newell) still enjoys the site and we often discuss issues in Hopedale's past.

    I send you many thanks for your research efforts and best wishes for a happy new year.
    All the best.

    Marianne

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    We have precious few pictures of my late husband, John. I watched the muster video ... And now we
    have video of him. Brought me to tears. Thank you for all you do, you just never know the impact of
    things you do. Can't wait to show my daughter. Thank you.

    Ann

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    Fascinating!  You are a wealth of knowledge!  YOU ARE RIGHT!  I AM VERY INTERESTED!  Please do
    let me know if you think of or run across any more gems!  

    YOU ARE THE BEST!!!!!!

    Anita

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    The two paragraphs below came from David S a couple of weeks apart in the spring of 2015.


    Your website is a pleasure and a treasure! I put the link in my archive "Hopedale" every time, and hope
    it survives at least as long as I do. This time the Hopedale Pond in April really got to me. One thing that
    astonishes me is how many names evoke images and memories. It did seem to me while growing
    up there that everyone in Hopedale knew everyone else in Hopedale. For my part, I read a familiar
    name and "see" that person as I knew him or her, and likewise look at a group photograph and rattle
    off the names without making much reference to the text below

    Whether I get more pleasure from your written material on Hopedale or your photography I may never
    resolve! Just keep it up and I'll keep being grateful. Your pear blossoms this time are worth a prize.

    David S

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    Thanks so much for this web site. I'm putting together a summer service on UU Utopias, and once I
    found your page, you were my major source for Hopedale. You have much more than I could ever use,
    with the kind of details that make a place come alive. It's outside the scope of my talk, but I may check
    back once in a while to see if anyone's dug up General Draper's statue :)

    John S.

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    Dan, you have done a great service to the town of Hopedale.

    Joe S.

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    Thank you Dan for all you do to preserve the history of our wonderful town.

    Robert O.

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    Many thanks for all your work throughout the years you have been working on your Newsletters, I do
    not know of another Newsletter that is so informative and so well written.
    May I thank you once again.

    Regards,
    Peter.

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    Thanks on the Housing Info....I remember you doing a lot of work on this topic....The volume of material
    you have put into the website is incredible.

    Mike C.

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    Thanks for the efforts in putting this information together. Even though I am not from Hopedale. I am
    enjoying the history lessons especially living in one of the manufacturing centers of the Industrial
    Revolution. It's hard to visualize what this area was like 100-150 years ago.

    I meant to let you know that I also enjoyed the aerial visuals of the factory you put in the last month's
    email email. The way you presented them it showed the clean up efforts over the past couple decades
    and gives you an idea of how massive this operation was. The foundry visuals in this email are also
    very interesting.

    Thanks again for your efforts.

    Regards,
    Bob



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