The Eben Sumner and Nannie Bristow Draper home,
90 Marlborough Street, Boston. The Drapers lived
there during each "social season" from 1897 to 1905.
February 15, 2013
Draper Homes in Boston
Hopedale in February
Donald Kirby of Milford and Hopedale, killed in action in France, 1944.
Stowaway – In 1936, Ruth Draper, wife of Eben S. Draper stowed away on the liner
Georgic and went to England without a passport and telling no one.
Dutcher Street School patrol boys, 1961 – 62.
During the past two weeks, I’ve made additions to pages on Aerosmith Richard
Knight Boarding houses The Larches Auto parade in Milford and Hopedale,
1904 Street and Place Names
On Washington’s Birthday in 1909 and 1910, Governor and Mrs. Draper held the
customary reception to the public in the Hall of the Flags at the State House. Each year
since 1891, with one exception, this function has been held by successive governors. It
was Governor Draper’s honor to have received in 1909 the largest number of persons
who have ever attended this popular reception. His Excellency and Mrs. Draper
personally greeted, on this occasion, 5,557 men, women, and children of the
Commonwealth. In 1910, His Excellency greeted 4,671 persons who braved a snow
storm to shake hands with their Chief Executive.
In 1909 the Governor entertained at his beautiful home in Hopedale perhaps the largest
party of men in the public service, Republicans and Democrats, ever gathered together
at such a function. There were present practically all the members of the Great and
General Court, the United States senators from Massachusetts, and the members of
the lower branch of Congress, and a number of gentlemen prominent in the political life
of the state. Digital Treasures
Draper Homes in Boston
By the 1890s, and continuing into the twentieth century, several of the Draper families
of Hopedale had homes in Boston where they spent much of the year. Evidently they
were there for the “social season,” and spent their summers in Hopedale. The men
reversed the usual commuting route, leaving Boston and coming to Hopedale to work.
There was a good deal of material, including photos, on Boston homes such as the
Drapers had at that time on the bosarchitecture.com website. That site, which
unfortunately has disappeared, was the source of the information below.
Gov. Eben Sumner and Nannie Bristow Draper – 90 Marlborough Street – 1897 –
1905 90 Marlborough Street was built ca. 1872 as the home of Robert Charles
Winthrop and his wife Cornelia Adelaide (Granger) Winthrop. He was President of the
Massachusetts Historical Society, and a former Speaker of the US House of
Representatives and a US Senator. By 1897, 90 Marlborough was the home of
industrialist and future Massachusetts Governor Eben Sumner Draper and his wife,
Nannie (Bristow) Draper.
150 Beacon Street was designed by architect Alexander Wadsworth Longfellow, Jr. and
built in 1904-1905 by Frank L. Whitcomb, builder, as the home of industrialist and
Massachusetts Governor Eben Sumner Draper and his wife, Nannie (Bristow) Draper.
They previously had lived at 90 Marlborough Street. It replaced two houses built ca.
1860 and previously owned (as a single residence) by John Lowell Gardner, Jr., and his
wife, Isabella (Stewart) Gardner.
On October 5, 1909, less than five years after it was completed, 150 Beacon suffered a
major fire which destroyed the entire interior, leaving only the walls intact. After
inspecting the damage, Draper commented that "there was not a thing left as large as a
finger that I could take as a souvenir." The house was rebuilt under the direction of the
original architect and builder.
In 1877, 299 Berkeley Street was the home of East India shipping merchant John
Charles Phillips, Jr., and his wife, Anna (Tucker) Phillips. He died in March of 1885.
Anne Phillips continued to live at 299 Berkeley until about 1910. In that year, it was the
winter home of Governor Eben Sumner Draper and his wife, Nannie (Bristow) Draper.
Their Boston home was at 150 Beacon Street but it appears (due to the fire) they were
unable to live there during that season.
Nannie Draper died in September of 1913 and Eben Draper died in April of 1914. By
1915, (150 Beacon Street) was the home of the Drapers son-in-law and daughter,
banker Thomas Brattle Gannett, Jr., and Dorothy (Draper) Gannett.* Dorothy
Gannett is shown as the owner on the 1917 Bromley map. By 1922, it was the home of
automobile dealer and Massachusetts Governor Alvan T. Fuller and his wife, Viola
George Albert and Jessie Preston Draper – 297 Commonwealth Avenue
Bosarchitecture.com has very little on this address, other than a photo and that it as
designed by Peabody and Stearns and built for James Draper in 1899. James wasn’t a
Hopedale Draper. The wedding of George and Jessie’s daughter, Helen, was held there
in 1917. She married (briefly) Walbridge Taft, a nephew of President William Howard
Taft. The former president was a guest at the wedding.
Charles and Frances (Draper) Colburn – (Frances was the sister of Governor Eben
Sumner Draper, General William F. Draper, George Albert Draper and Hannah Draper
Osgood.) – 228 Beacon Street - 228 Beacon Street was built ca. 1864 for merchant
and cotton broker George Phineas Upham, one of two contiguous houses (226-228
Beacon). By 1895, 228 Beacon was the home of boot and shoe manufacturer Charles
Henry Colburn and his wife, Frances Eudora (Draper) Colburn. They also maintained a
home in Hopedale. Charles Coburn died in July of 1896. Frances Colburn continued to
live at 228 Beacon until about 1899.
By 1901, it was the home of John Irving Taylor and his wife, Helen (Burnap) Taylor. At
the time they lived at 228 Beacon, John Irving Taylor was affiliated with the Boston
Globe, owned by his father. Later, from 1903 to 1911, he owned the American League
baseball team in Boston and is credited with choosing the name "Red Socks." He built
Fenway Park, which opened in April of 1912 (at which time the team's name changed to
"Red Sox.” )
Edward Louis and Hannah Thwing Osgood - By 1900, 221 Beacon Street was the
home of Edward Louis Osgood and his wife, Hannah Thwing (Draper) Osgoo. (Hannah
was the daughter of George and Hannah Draper.) In 1899, they had lived at 377
Marlborough Street. They also maintained a home in Hopedale. Hannah T. Osgood is
shown as the owner of 221 Beacon on the 1908, 1917, and 1928 Bromley maps.
Edward Osgood had been a publisher in his brother's firm, James R. Osgood & Co. and
subsequently became a banker and a manufacturer in Hopedale.
During the 1904-1905 winter season, the Osgoods were living elsewhere and 221
Beacon was the home of Nathaniel Hugh Cotton and his wife, Harriet Emma (Clapp)
Cotton. N. Hugh Cotton was a West Indies shipping merchant. By 1906, the Osgoods
were living at 221 Beacon once again.
Edward Osgood died in June of 1911. Hannah Osgood continued to live at 221 Beacon
until about 1929 and also continued to maintain a second home in Hopedale. Her
unmarried daughter, Fanny Colburn Osgood, lived with her. Fanny Osgood was a
championship golfer and, in the 1920s, operated Le Syndicat Gowns at 230 Boylston
B. H. Bristow and Queena Draper – 138 Beacon Street - In 1922 and 1923 … it was
the home of Benjamin Helm Bristow Draper, a manufacturer of cotton mill machinery,
and his wife, Queena (Sanford) Draper. They also maintained a home in Hopedale. By
1924, the Drapers had moved.
187 Beacon Street - By 1925, 187 Beacon was the home of Benjamin Helm Bristow
Draper, a manufacturer of cotton mill machinery, and his wife, Queena (Sanford)
Draper. By 1927 they had moved to an apartment at 137 Marlborough Street (317
To see the final resting place for most of these folks, take a look at Draper tombs at
Hopedale Village Cemetery.
*Dorothy Draper Gannett was the mother of John and Bill Gannett. Bill is the onl
y member of the Draper family still living in Hopedale. The Gannett family
Thanks to Peter Metzke for sending this.