Comments on This Site
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.
many memories! Thank you for your effort, and I hope you are able to sustain it for many more years!
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.
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
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.)
At my age I never, never forget the Hoglunds, Inghams, Safstroms or 46 Inman street, and the
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
Thank you, Dana
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.
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 they hold graduations again on the Community House steps. Just
something nice about seeing those pictures of downtown, the Community House, etc.
Your Hopedale website is really marvelous. I lived in Hopedale from 1954 through 1958, and went to
high school there.
Leonardo C (from Sant'ippolito, Italy)
To the nice person Mr Dan Malloy extra thanks for your very kind help to all of us, grazie ancora, di cuore
Art H (One of many messages of thanks from Art.)
Really like the IAQ’s section.(Infrequently asked questions)
Thanks, Danny. I particularly enjoyed your April photos
Peter's comments on the Hopedale ezine are always quite specific.
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
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.
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...
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
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.
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.
THANKS Dan. I love "You know you"re from Hopedale if...............RUSS D
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.
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
it beats looking at a stationery object while one listens to the history. PM
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
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
Thanks again .
Columbus , Ga.
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.
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 ~
You continue to be a treasure for the town. Thanks for all you do.
Wow- your links to other articles are awe-inspiring. Please add me to your mailing list if you continue
to send out newsletters/ emails.
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.
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.
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.
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
I congratulate you on the content and quality of your work. I have been fascinated by the completeness
of the website.
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 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,
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.
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
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.
Bravo again and again! George D
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!
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.
Thank you for the FABULOUS job you do with the web page!!!! I so enjoy it.
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.
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.
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.
And after I replied and asked if he remembered my cousins, Michael wrote:
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.
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,
I suggested that he do a full article. He did. It's a wonderful story of growing up in Hopedale in the late
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!
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!
Helen was my great grandmother. A fantastic find. Thank you. I shared with the whole Parker clan this
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.
I love all the old pictures and history. Thank you very much.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
I can not thank you enough for your kindness. I know I sound crazy - but I just want to convey my
If my Dad gets better, I want to take him back to Hopedale and visit the library.
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
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
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.
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.
Great to read the history of the town I still love to call home.
Dan, have to comment on your pictures of the G&U. They are great! I especially like the first one of the
train and fall foliage. I’ve been taking railroad and trolley pictures for 68 years so feel I am qualified to
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.
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.
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.
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!!!!!!
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.
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 :)
Dan, you have done a great service to the town of Hopedale.
Thank you Dan for all you do to preserve the history of our wonderful town.
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.
you have put into the website is incredible.
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. 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
Thanks again for your efforts.
Thanks again for all your work. This area is so rich in history it's great that we have a dedicated person
like you to help keep it alive.
I am so grateful for these posts and memories. The best place to grow up ever.
I'm a new resident of the town (moved here in July), and I recently stumbled across your site. I'm blown
away by the dedication you have to preserving the town's history. I just want to say keep up the good
work and I'll be referring back to your site to continue learning both the history and current events of my
Thank you SO much Dan for doing this. I was in the class of 1966 but moved to Maine in 1964. I so
appreciate all the time and effort you put into keeping us all informed. Thank you from the bottom of my
Dan I love reading all of these. What is cool for me in this months is the article about the band
performing at the worlds fair in 65. Because they were there my brothers Robert and Steve went
across the street to Shea stadium and were able to buy 3 tickets to see the Beatles in August! The
legendary Shea concert and we were there! The ticklets were like $5.75 each. Our parents bought a
car to drive us there and they sat in the car while we went to the concert and we drove back home that
night! Pretty amazing!
Sorry to learn of your wife's passing
I just had a wonderful trip back in time. I first read your piece about your wife then i read her piece
about living on George st. What a treat! It brought back so many memories of my life on George street.
David (Not the same Dave as the one who sent the one about the Beatles concert.)
The red school house trip to Boston, now wasn't that something!!! I only saw a name of one of my
classmates, I think most were older than me. The tax rate of 1940..can you imagine. The richest town
in the state. I know how lucky I was to grow up there. Loved the picture of the ballfield with Dutcher
Street School in the background. The TV listings..Maverick, What's My line, Meet the Press..which I
watch every Sunday..longest running program on tv. Dinah Shore Show,Community Auditions..loved
that one! The Lone Ranger..that was a very popular one! The recipes calling for Zappella Dairy
products!! The flood of 1955..remember it very well, my entire family had to go get a shot from Dr
Chichetti as we had been exposed..and that needle was HUGE!! It's so nice to see the beautiful Statue
of Hope. I mean what town has something like that at their library??! I'm liking the Food Drive, excellent
idea.. Last but not least, the Fairy Walk. I attended it about 2 years ago and it was one of the nicest
walks I have ever had! Angels of the Morning..one of my favorites. So, thanks Dan! I didn't get my
errands done today but this was 100 times better!!! (This comment from Facebook refers to 2019-05).
I'm still enjoying all the wonderful stories in this months email. What a wealth of information.
What a whimsical, historic, and thoroughly charming set of photos, Dan. From Hopedale (loved the
lady slippers and bunnies) to Boston. Thank you for all you do to keep the history of Hopedale alive
and for sharing some of your personal connections to the landscape as well.
Since you included my Draper video there I have heard from many Hopedale residents who I've not
seen or heard from in many years. I don't have to tell you how powerful and loved your site is to these
folks. I just want to say thank you for all you do and all you've done to promote and preserve Hopedale
history. 5 stars sir!
Hello Dan, 1st I'd like to thank you for your diligence and hard work keeping up your site. It's memory
lane for me sometimes, reading your archive articles and viewing your picture collections. The folks
that view your work are fortunate to have you at the helm, keeping history alive, and promoting the
wonderful town of Hopedale. It's also interesting to see the events of yesteryear from other towns as
well, and you do an outstanding job blending all the history together to form the content of your site.
Thank you for what you do and what you've done for the historical junkies and the curious folks who
enjoy the news of days gone by. I salute your efforts and your professionalism!