Boston Post - August 19, 1910

    Skating, hockey, ice fishing - Hopedale Pond, January 27.

    Lots of independent small town movie theaters are disappearing due to the very expensive switch to
    digital projection. Here’s an appeal to save one, sent by Dave Atkinson.

    During the past two weeks I’ve made additions to the following pages: Fanny Osgood     Donation of
    land for high school     George Albert Draper     Bristow and Queena Draper     Eben Draper     Gov.
    Eben S. Draper     Pistol, rifle and skeet shooting     Origins of street and place names     Adin Ballou
    Park     Now and Then - Post Office     Hester Chilson   
    Recent deaths   


    Twenty-five years ago – February 1988 – Fallon Clinic to Open Branch at Site of Former Armenian-
    American Veteran’s Post.

    Cheryl Daudelin (23 points) and Doreen Phillips Lead Hopedale High to Overtime Upset Win Over

    Dole, Gephart Win in Iowa. Simon Tops Dukakis for Second. Bush Third, Behind Pat Robertson.

    Fifty years ago – February 1963 – Fred Knox elected chairman of the Hopedale unit of the Red Cross.

    A play, “One Love Had Mary,” about Mary Todd Lincoln, was presented at a meeting of the Hopedale
    Women’s Club.

    First flight of a Boeing 727.

    President Kennedy submits bill to enact Medicare to Congress.


                                                        Taft is Guest of Draper

                                           Autos from Beverly to Governor’s Hopedale Home

    Hopedale - August 18 (1910) – The inhabitants of the summer White House literally picked up their
    beds and walked this evening in order that the President of the United States might fraternize with the
    Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts at the Governor’s Hopedale home.

    The President’s visit to the Governor, which will last until tomorrow afternoon, was classed as a
    purely social affair, required the attendance of the immaculate Secretary Norton, the gold laced
    Captain Archie Butt, all the secret service men, several chauffeurs and attendants, and an automobile
    loaded to the guards with Washington correspondents.

    When George Washington was president, he went through Hopedale and Milford. Since that time
    neither town has seen a president until today.

    The president was scheduled to leave Beverly at 3 o’clock in the afternoon when all of the roads
    outside of Governor Draper’s big mansion were scrubbed and garnished, and the lawns combed and
    curried. As early as 3:30 o’clock the constables of Hopedale, headed by Chief Kellogg, arrived before
    the Draper home and took up their posts.

    All watches had been compared, and the distance from Beverly to Hopedale had been carefully
    figured. Chief Kellogg estimated that the distance from Beverly to Boston was 19 miles and from
    Boston to Hopedale was 35 miles, and that the distance in a fast automobile at the rate of 25 miles
    an hour, so that he should arrive at about nine minutes past five.

    But at nine minutes after five there was no sign of the presidential automobile. Nor was there at nine
    minutes after six either.

    It was 15 minutes before seven when there was a shout and a scattering of gravel on the incline
    leading up the hill toward the Governor’s home, and a big black automobile came whirling up the

    Then all those who had waited on foot and in automobiles were rewarded; for in the back seat of the
    big black automobile was sitting the big man himself, President Taft, clad in his distinctive checked
    golf cap and his capacious linen duster and smiling the expansive saccharine smile hitherto familiar
    to the Hopedalers only in picture and story. Beside him was Secretary Norton, dwarfed by his huge
    chief, and just in front of him, perched on one of the little seats, was Captain Archie Butt in his dark
    blue coat and picturesque scattering of gold lace. Behind him were the secret service men.

    The President’s car drew on beneath the porte-cochere of the Draper home. On the steps were the
    Governor and Mrs. Draper and their daughter, Dorothy. (Dorothy was the mother of Bill Gannett, the
    only Draper descendant still living in Hopedale.) The President received a most cordial greeting and
    explained that he was late because he had been unable to leave Beverly until after 4 o’clock. Then
    Secretary Norton and Captain Butt went into the house while the automobile scurried away to Milford.

    The President and the Governor emerged again almost immediately on being informed that a Post
    photographer wished to photograph them. With them came Mrs. Draper and Dorothy Draper with her
    big black dog, Eb, and Captain Butt.

    This evening there was a purely informal dinner at the Draper home, attended by a few intimate
    friends of the Draper family.

    Tomorrow afternoon the President plans to visit Mendon, where some of his ancestors made their
    home, and return from there to Beverly. Newspaper name not available – probably it was the Boston
    Post. From the Bancroft Library Hopedale history files.

    New York Times article on Taft Visit   

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    Above - The Ledges, the home of Gov. Draper, and the place where President
    Taft stayed in 1910. It was razed and replaced by the governor's son, Eben
    Sumner Draper, jr., in the 1920s. Here's a page showing the Ledges he built.

    Twenty-four years after
    Hopedale became a town and
    the paper still calls it Milford.

    A visit to Connecticut?
    Washington was heading
    toward Connecticut and then
    on to New York after his visit to