Nancy (Farnam) Gannett, 85, of Hopedale passed away Sat. October 5, 2013 at home with her family by her side.
    She was the wife of William B. Gannett. Nancy was a Trustee Emeritus at Milford Regional Medical Center, and
    served as both President and Vice President of the Ladies Auxiliary. She was Chairman of the Red Cross Blood
    Program in Hopedale for over 20 years and the Treasurer of the Hopedale Womens Club for 19 years. Nancy was
    an elected member of the Hopedale School Committee for 9 years and served as Chair for 3 years. She was a
    longtime active member of the Hopedale Unitarian Parish and was a member of the churchs Ladies Alliance. She
    was also an avid sports fan, champion golfer, and loved to travel. She was born in Lacrosse, WI, May 28, 1928 the
    daughter of the late Robert A. and Leona (Yerly) Farnam and was a graduate of Vassar College, Poughkeepsie,
    NY Class of 1949. As an active member of Vassar College Alumni, she was Class Fund Chairman for the class of
    1949; she was on the Vassar Club Scholarship Committee for 10 years, the Chairman Prospective Students
    Committee for 3 years, and a Boston Vassar Club Board Member for 6 years. In addition to her husband William of
    64 years, she is survived by two sons, W. Bristow Gannett, Jr. and his lifetime partner Sam Jeffries, III of Missouri
    City, TX, and Robert F. and his wife Suzan M. Gannett of Thornton, NH; one daughter, Mary and her husband
    Donald E. Crowell of Meredith, NH; four grandchildren, Jessie and her husband Cris Heath of Chichester, NH, Eben
    and his wife Angie Gannett of Thornton, NH, Nancy Crowell and Dorothy Crowell both of Meredith, NH; one great
    grandchild, Kayley M. Gannett and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a son George D. Gannett,
    a daughter Nancy Gannett and her sister Frances Farnam. A memorial service will be Sat., November 23, 2013 at
    11 AM in the Hopedale Unitarian Parish, 65 Hopedale Street, Hopedale, MA. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations
    can be made to Milford Regional Medical Center, c/o Dev. Office, 14 Prospect St., Milford, MA 01757 or Vassar
    Student Association, 124 Raymond Ave., Box 727, Poughkeepsie, NY 12604. Arrangements under the direction of
    Buma-Sargeant Funeral Home, Milford.- Milford Daily News on Oct. 9, 2013

Gov. Eben and Nannie Bristow Draper                   Milford Hospital  

Family photos from 1911 by Dorothy Draper Gannett Hamlen   

The Height of Luxury - Dorothy's memories of her early life.   

Mausoleums and stones at Hopedale Village Cemetery  

Benjamin Helm Bristow                 Draper Menu                       HOME

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Bill Gannett

    The items above, except for the newspaper clippings and Bill's photo, are from
    Draper, Preston and Allied Family Histories, issued Under the Editorial
    Supervision of Ruth Lawrence, National Americana Publications, Inc, New York,
    1954. It can be seen at the Bancroft Memorial Library, Hopedale, Massachusetts.

Above and below from the Geni.com website.

    The name, Bristow, has been in Hopedale since 1883. That's the year when Eben Sumner
    Draper and Nannie Bristow were married. Nannie's father was named Benjamin Helm Bristow.
    Eben and Nannie's son, Benjamin Helm Bristow Draper, was born in 1883 and died in 1944.
    His son, Benjamin "Ben" Helm Bristow Draper, Jr. was born in 1908 and died in 1957.
    (Evidently Ben had moved out of town sometime in 1953. That's the last year that his name is
    in the street listing books.) William "Bill" Bristow Gannett, son of Dorothy Draper Gannett
    Hamlen, and grandson of Eben and Nannie, was born in 1923. Bill didn't grow up in Hopedale,
    but he and his wife Nancy moved to Hopedale in 1949, and he is still here as I write this in
    2016.

    According to the Hopedale street listing books, prior to 1949 John Gannett lived in Dedham
    and Bill was in Wayland. In 1949, they were both living at 116 Adin Street. John was assistant
    purchasing agent and Bill was listed as a trainee. In 1950 Bill's occupation was given as
    assistant personnel and he was living at 9 Park Street. In 1952 he moved to 5 Lower Jones
    Road. The 1954 book shows him at 7 Park Street and in the sales department. Later Bill and
    Nancy moved to 36 Adin Street, and a few years after that, they bought the house at 144
    Freedom Street that had originally been the home of  Draper president Tom West. DM

    According to the Hopedale street listing books, in 1948, Bill Gannett was living in
    Wayland. In 1949, he was at 116 Adin Street. He and Nancy were married in July of
    that year. They were at 9 Park Street in 1950 and 1951, and at 5 Lower Jones Road
    in 1952. In 1954 and 1955 they were at 5 Park Street. In 1956 they were living at 36
    Adin Street. By 1969  they were at 144 Freedom Street.

    John Gannett was in Dedham in 1948, and like Bill moved to 116 Adin Street in 1949.
    Later he was living at 66 Adin Street. His job was listed as assistant purchasing agent.

    WEST, Dorothy Gannett (Macy) 95, of Westwood died peacefully in the presence of her
    family on March 2, 2016. Her patriotism, loyalty to tradition and values, as well as her deep
    commitment to and love for 4 generations of existing family members has made her a proud
    member of "the greatest generation." Born in Boston in 1921, she was the only daughter of
    Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Brattle Gannett. She was predeceased by her daughter, Charlotte
    Macy Savory, and by her brothers, Thomas B. Gannett, John D. Gannett and Robert T.
    Gannett. She leaves behind her loving husband, Thomas H. West; her daughters, Dorothy
    Damon and Louise Sylvester; her sons, Thomas Macy and Christopher West; step-sons,
    Thomas H. West, Jr. and Richmond West; also her younger brother, William B. Gannett. She
    loved her 14 grandchildren and felt blessed to have met 15 great grandchildren ages 3
    months to 12 years old. A private family celebration of Dorothy's life will be held in the spring.
    In lieu of flowers you may kindly contribute to a charity of choice .

                       Hopedale: Gannett family auctions antiques, heirlooms

                                    By Christopher Gavin - Daily News Staff

    Posted Jul. 7, 2016 at 10:20 PM
    Updated at 6:39 PM

    HOPEDALE — A 1940 Lincoln Zephyr Continental convertible, a rare Frederic Remington oil
    painting and an ornate, American northwest dancing blanket were among thousands of
    heirlooms and items once owned by the Gannett and Draper families.

    But now these antiques have parted ways with the Gannetts' longtime Hopedale estate after
    the family put them on the auction block Friday, drawing nearly 100 bidders to the Freedom
    Street property in hopes of securing a piece of local history.

    According to auction director Dan Meader, of Amesbury-based John McInnis Auctioneers,
    hundreds of lots, or collections, were for sale, including everything from valuable artifacts
    such as Colonial-era paintings to old photo albums and vinyl records.

    All items were the contents of the home of William Gannett, the grandson of Eben Draper,
    who served as the governor of Massachusetts from 1909 to 1911 and president of textile
    machinery giant, the Draper Corp.
    William Gannett lived on the estate with his wife Nancy, according to Meader, who said the
    family put items to auction after William Gannett's health declined and he could no longer
    stay in his home.

    “All the kids have their own homes, their own things, and they took a lot of things that meant
    a lot to them,” Meader said, “and then there were a lot of things that were left.”

    The public was welcomed to look around the home on Friday morning. Perusers could find
    fine china, antique evening dresses, furniture and more scattered about the residence and
    on its lawn.

    Meader said the fact that many of the objects span generations while remaining in a single
    family made the auction unique.

    “This family goes way, way back in American history,” he said. “So when you figure the
    complexity through the decades of how these things still remain in the family, that’s exciting
    for us.”

    Caroline Savory, the great niece of William Gannett, said she didn’t spend much time at the
    home before the auction, but she works in appraisals and auctions and was able to assist in
    organizing the event.

    “I love to see the excitement generated around all the pieces,” she said. “It’s a good feeling.”

    Some of that interest came at different levels for different bidders.

    Suzan Ciaramicoli, the volunteer curator of the Little Red Shop Museum, said she was there
    to find new additions to the museum’s archives. Of particular interest was a collection of
    Draper family photographs and scrapbooks, Ciaramicoli said, although she was outbid by a
    representative from the Hopedale Community House.

    She said the museum would still have access to the artifacts.

    “The key is that it’s staying in Hopedale,” she said.

    Many eyes ogled the convertible Lincoln Zephyr, which sold for around $45,600, according to
    Meader.
    William Gannett was a car collector and in the 1980s, purchased and restored the vehicle,
    which has 43,390 original miles, Meader said.

    “I think he had six antique cars at one time and this one he saved and nurtured the most,” he
    said. “He didn’t want to part from this one.”

    A rare Chilkat dancing blanket from Alaska that Eben Draper purchased there in 1914 sold
    for $38,400, Meader said. It had been wrapped up and stored away since 1956, he said.

    Attending the auction, Dana Kingsbury of Holliston said he had family who once worked for
    the Drapers.
    During the auction, he stood outside the home and marveled at its copper gutters and large
    bushes. To even be on the property and walk around was a special experience, he said.

    “This is just a rare, rare situation,” Kingsbury said. Milford Daily News, July 8, 2016

The Bill and Nancy Gannett home, 144 Freedom Street, Hopedale

Milford Hospital

    The portrait of John Gannett, above, was painted by
    his second cousin, Bill Draper. (Their grandfathers
    were brothers - Gov. Eben S. Draper and Gen.
    William F. Draper)) It's near the reception desk at
    the main entrance at Milford Hospital.

Chicago Tribune

    WEST, Dorothy Gannett (Macy) 95, of Westwood died peacefully in the presence of her
    family on March 2, 2016. Her patriotism, loyalty to tradition and values, as well as her deep
    commitment to and love for 4 generations of existing family members has made her a proud
    member of "the greatest generation." Born in Boston in 1921, she was the only daughter of
    Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Brattle Gannett. She was predeceased by her daughter, Charlotte
    Macy Savory, and by her brothers, Thomas B. Gannett, John D. Gannett and Robert T.
    Gannett. She leaves behind her loving husband, Thomas H. West; her daughters, Dorothy
    Damon and Louise Sylvester; her sons, Thomas Macy and Christopher West; step-sons,
    Thomas H. West, Jr. and Richmond West; also her younger brother, William B. Gannett. She
    loved her 14 grandchildren and felt blessed to have met 15 great grandchildren ages 3
    months to 12 years old. A private family celebration of Dorothy's life will be held in the spring.
    In lieu of flowers you may kindly contribute to a charity of choice .

    These photos of the Gannett brothers are from an album put
    together by their mother, Dorothy Draper Gannett Hamlen. That
    album, as well as many others assembled by Mr. Hamlen, is now at
    the Hopedale Community House.

    William B. Gannett, 93, long time resident of Hopedale, MA passed away peacefully
    on July 4, 2017 in Laconia, NH. He was the husband of the late Nancy (Farnam)
    Gannett for 64 ye ars before her passing in 2013.

    Born October 9, 1923 in Boston, MA, he was the son of the late Thomas B. Gannett
    and Dorothy (Draper) Hamlen. He was the last surviving grandchild of the Governor
    of Massachusetts, Eben Sumner Draper. He attended Milton Academy, graduating
    in 1943.

    Just prior to graduation, he joined the Air Force, serving with the 34th Photo Recon
    Squadron, The Flying Monkeys, in Eur ope until the end of WWII. Following the war,
    he remained in Germany to help map the country and served as a sentry at the
    Nuremberg trials.

    Mr. Gannett started work with the former Draper Corporation in 1947, spending 28
    years with the corporation before it was sold to Rockwell International. His family
    founded Draper Corporation over 130 years ago. Draper was once the largest
    maker of power looms for the textile industry.

    Mr. Gannett was the last Draper descendent to live in Hopedale. After leaving
    Draper Corporation, he was a founder and partner in DREX Associates before his
    retirement. Mr. Gannett, known as Bill to his friends, gave tirelessly to benefit the
    town of Hopedale, serving as selectman for 13 years. He served on the board of the
    Hopedale Community House as both a member and board president. His civic work
    included being Chairman of the Board of the Hopedale Charitable Corporation and
    the Hopedale Foundation. At Milford Regional Medical Center he was Board
    President and continued on as a Trustee Emeritus. Mr. Gannett was a bank director
    at the Milford National Bank and Trust Company for over 25 years. He actively
    supported the Claflin Hill Symphony, based in Milford MA. He also helped support
    and renovate the Little Red Shop in Hopedale. He was an active member of the
    Hopedale Unitarian Parish serving on many committees over the years.

    An avid traveller, Bill and Nancy enjoyed driving all over the United States to visit
    family and friends. Their adventures took them to all seven continents including
    several African photo safaris. On one of their trips to Antarctica, they
    circumnavigated the continent, the first cruise ship to accomplish this feat. Traveling
    on the Trans-Siberian Railroad, their trip took them to Warsaw, Poland, Outer
    Mongolia and Beijing, China. They summered on Lake Winnipesaukee for over 50
    years.

    Mr. Gannett is survived by his children, W. Bristow Gannett Jr. and his life partner,
    Sam Jeffries III of Missouri City, TX; Robert F. Gannett and his wife, Suzan M. of
    Thorn ton, NH; and Mary Crowell and her husband, Donald E. of Meredith, NH. He
    has four grandchildren, Jessie M. Heath and her husband Cris of Chichester, NH;
    Eben Gannett and his wife, Angie of Thornton, NH; Nancy Crowell of Boston, MA,
    and Dorothy Crowell of Meredith, NH. He also has four great-grandchildren, Cody
    Heath of Chichester, NH; and Kayley, Phoebe, and William Gannett of Thornton,
    NH. A son, George D. Gannett and a daughter, Nancy Gannett, predeceased him.

    The family wishes to express sincere gratitude to the staff at Taylor Community for
    their caring and compassion over the last 18 months, as well as the excellent
    caregivers who attended to him while he was in Hopedale. A memorial service will
    be held at Hopedale Unitarian Parish, 65 Hopedale St., Hopedale, MA on
    September 9, 2017 at 11am. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to
    Milford Regional Medical Center, 14 Prospect St., Milford, MA 01757, The Little Red
    Shop, C/O Town of Hopedale, 12 Hopedale St., Hopedale, MA 01747 or to the
    Hopedale Unitarian Parish, 65 Hopedale St., Hopedale MA 01747. Milford Daily
    News, July 14, 2017

                                Family, friends remember William Gannett

    By Christopher Gavin Daily News Staff
    Posted Sep 10, 2017 at 12:01 AM

    HOPEDALE - William Gannett kept his cars in impeccable shape.

    He washed them often, telling his children to get him a sponge and a shammy
    when they asked what he wanted for Christmas.

    “He loved them,” his son, W. Bristow Gannett, said Saturday. “He’d put them away
    and if we would go for a ride, if there was just a cloud in the sky, they would go
    right back into the garage.”

    Some of that drive for cleanliness also applied to the streets of Hopedale.

    Gannett, known affectionately as Bill, would often stop and pick up trash alongside
    the road; a small way he could help keep Hopedale - which he called the “best
    place to live” - pristine.

    In the other ways he could give back to the community, he did, by serving on the
    Board of Selectmen, through local charities and on the board of Milford Regional
    Medical Center.

    “He did these things not because he had to, but he wanted to,” Don Crowell, his
    son-in-law, said. “He truly loved this place. He wanted to give back.”

    Gannett, a former selectman, longtime Hopedale resident and the last surviving
    grandchild of Gov. Eben Sumner Draper, died on July 4 in Laconia, New
    Hampshire.

    He was 93.

    Gathered inside Hopedale Unitarian Church for a memorial service Saturday
    morning, his family and friends recalled his sense of humor and constant ability to
    give back: be it by working to renovate the historic Little Red Shop or by the gifts
    he gave his grandchildren.

    Gannett - a father of five, grandfather of four and great-grandfather of four - put
    his family above all, they said.

    “The most important lesson we ever learned was there is nothing more important
    than family,” said Mary Crowell, his daughter.

    Born Oct. 9, 1923 in Boston, Gannett was the son of Thomas B. Gannett and
    Dorothy (Draper) Hamlen. He joined the Air Force before graduating high school in
    1943 serving through the end of World War II in Europe.

    In 1947, he began working at the textile machinery giant, Draper Corp., before
    marrying his wife of 64 years, Nancy (Farnam) Gannett, in 1949. She passed away
    in 2013.

    Gannett, the last Draper descendant to live in Hopedale, was a partner and
    founder of DREX Associates before he retired.

    In Hopedale, Gannett served 13 years as a selectman while also serving on the
    board of the Hopedale Community House, the Hopedale Charitable Corp. and the
    Hopedale Foundation.

    At the Milford Regional Medical Center, Gannett served as board president and
    was a trustee emeritus.

    “Bill Gannett was a pillar, a patriarch, an elder - not only of this church, but of this
    community,” said the Rev. Tony Lorenzen, of Hopedale Unitarian Church.

    His generosity earned him quite a collection of awards, that often made Gannett,
    shying away from accolades, uncomfortable, Don Crowell said.

    “He did this because that’s what good civic-minded people like Bill (do)...they give
    back,” Don Crowell said. “He and Nancy did that....Even though they’re gone now,
    the legacy and impact will be felt in this community for years to come.”