July 1, 2005
    Hopedale History
    No. 41
    Kentucky Spouses
    Here’s a little addition to last time’s story about Fanny Osgood. Dana Park was named for her brother,
    Dana. He lived at 50 Greene Street, the home known in more recent years as the Harel House.
    Evidently the house and the land Osgood owned were purchased in 1943 by Louis McVitty. The land
    extended down to the area that now includes Dana Park, McVitty Road and Catherine Street. McVitty
    developed the area and at first what is now Dana Park was named McVitty Road. It was changed in
    1956, and now McVitty Road is just the little piece at the southern end of Dana Park. Catherine Street
    was probably named for Gladys McVitty’s mother, Catherine Kelley. Harry and Elizabeth Lacey bought
    50 Greene Street in 1947. They lived there and operated their furniture business under the name of
    The Harel House from what had once been the Osgood mansion.


                                                  Kentucky Spouses

    Six Draper men from Hopedale married women from Kentucky. Here is a Milford Daily News article,
    reprinted from a Lexington, Kentucky newspaper, about one of the marriages and it mentions four of
    the others.

    G.O. Draper, 2d, Weds Miss Maud M’Clintock

    Lexington, Ky. March 24 – George Otis Draper, 2d, son of George Otis Draper of Milford, Mass. has
    followed the example of various other men of his family in marrying a Lexington society girl.

    The elopement and marriage of young Draper to Miss Maude Taylor McClintock of this city was
    announced yesterday. They had been sweethearts for some time following a friendship which began
    when Draper was in the Army.

    He came here Monday from Los Angeles where his mother, Mrs. Lily Duncan Draper, now lives. Last
    night he and Miss McClintock had dinner at a hotel, and later went to Versailles, Ky., where they were
    married. They returned here at midnight and informed Mr. and Mrs. John McClintock, parents of the

    The new Mrs. Draper is a college graduate and took special courses in New York in kindergarten work.

    Draper is the nephew of Gen. George R. Duncan and is related to many leading families of Kentucky,
    as is his bride.

    The following Drapers of Massachusetts have married Lexington women:

    Gen. W.F. Draper married Miss Susie, daughter of Gen. W.H. Preston, ex-ambassador to Spain. Both
    are now dead.

    Her sister, Miss Jessie Preston, became the wife of Geo. A. Draper, and she is dead.

    Arthur Joy Draper married Miss Lily Duncan Voorhies and Clare H. Draper married Miss Grace

    The bridegroom of today was discharged last week from the Regular Army in which he had served in
    occupation service overseas. The bride is 19 years old. Milford Daily News, March 24, 1922..

    The other Kentucky woman to marry a Hopedale Draper was Nancy (Nannie) Bristow. She married
    Eben S. Draper. The Bristows were on the Union side during the Civil War, while the Prestons were
    Confederates. Susan and Jessie Preston’s mother took the children to Canada and remained there
    during the war.

    Since writing the article above, I’ve found that at least seven Draper men and two Draper women
    married Kentucky people. Here’s a list of what I have as of this time. (August 2013)

    Eben Sumner Draper and Nannie Bristow - November 21, 1883.

    General William F. Draper and Susan Christie Preston - May 22, 1890.

    George Albert Draper and Jessie Fremont Preston - November 6, 1890.

    George Otis Draper and Lily Duncan - April 28, 1892.

    Edith Draper and Montgomery Blair, II* - February 26, 1895.

    Arthur Joy Draper and Lily Duncan Voorhies - September 7, 1899.

    Clare Hill Draper and Matilda Grace Engman - February 5, 1902.

    George Otis Draper II and Maud Taylor McClintock - March 23, 1922.

    Grace Draper and Harry Charlot - March 1923.

    *The Blair connection to Kentucky  for Montgomery is not as direct as it is for the rest of  the people on
    this list. Earlier generations of the family lived there, but by the time of MB, II, they were in Maryland and
    he was born in Washington, D.C.

Click here for much more on the Drapers and their Kentucky mates.

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