Hopedale History
    August 1, 2014
    No. 257
    War Memorial

    Hopedale in July

    Thanks very much to John Butcher for the gift of his wonderful collection of Hopedale articles. It includes many
    that I haven't seen before, and it will provide me with material for a long time to come. Thanks also to Craig
    Travers for a large number of very old Hopedale photos.

    Cotton Chats - June 1940

    Kids outdoor fun day at the Bancroft Library.   

    Friends of Adin Ballou annual peace picnic - August 3, 3 to 5 PM, Adin Ballou Park.

    Washington trip photo - Hopedale High Class of 1956.   

    In  the past two weeks, I've made additions to pages on: Now and Then - The Chapel Street Block (picture of a
    classroom in the Chapel Street School, c. 1940)       Bristow and Queena Draper (A couple of articles on their
    children and a newspaper photo that includes Queena)     Icehouse by Hopper (an illustrated description of
    the process of harvesting ice)     Unitarian Church (Donation of windows by Queena Draper)     Now and Then
    - The Country Club (article on the 99-year lease)     


    Twenty-five years ago - August 1989 -  In Beverly Hills, California, Lyle and Erik Menendez shoot their wealthy
    parents to death in the family's den.

    Pete Rose agrees to a lifetime ban from the sport following allegations of illegal gambling, thereby preventing
    his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame

    Schools will open in Hopedale tomorrow with approximately 872 pupils; a decline of 28 from last year's total.

    Fifty years ago - August 1964 - The bodies of murdered civil rights workers Michael Schwerner, Andrew
    Goodman and James Chaney are found.

    The United States Congress passes the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, giving U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson
    broad war powers to deal with North Vietnamese attacks on U.S. forces.

    The Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City nominates incumbent President Lyndon B. Johnson for a
    full term, and U.S. Senator Hubert Humphrey of Minnesota as his running mate.

    Walt Disney's Mary Poppins has its world premiere in Los Angeles. It will go on to become Disney's biggest
    moneymaker, and winner of 5 Academy Awards.

    A portrait of President John F. Kennedy, painted by Hopedale native William Draper is unveiled at the Chrysler
    Art Museum in Provincetown.

    Richard T. Moore of 25 Bancroft Park will represent Clark University at the 176the congress of the National
    Student Association in Minneapolis.

    The Park Department has completed the installation of six new concrete picnic tables in the Parklands.

    One hundred years ago - August 1914 - Germany declares war on Russia. France and Belgium begin full
    mobilization. Great Britain declares war on Germany. The declaration is binding on all Dominions within the
    British Empire including Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India and South Africa. The United States declares
    its neutrality.

    Walter Marsden, 26, killed in motorcycle accident while returning from Mendon.

    In a poorly played game on Saturday, on the Town Park, the Draper Co. defeated Attleboro 8 to 4.


                              Committee Furthers Plans For Memorial in Hopedale

                                                                 By Virginia Cyr

    Anyone wishing to make a special contribution to the Hopedale War Veterans Memorial by purchasing a
    specific item will have an opportunity to do so. Plans for the memorial include two benches which are to be
    made of Milford pink granite. These benches have a total cost of $1200.

    Committee chairman Bernard Stock, while issuing and updated report on the memorial's progress following
    a meeting last week, acknowledged with appreciation the donations which have been received to date,
    making the privately funded project possible.

    Dedication of the memorial, which will be located at the Hope and Cemetery street entrance to the Hopedale
    Village Cemetery, is being planned for Veterans Day in November. It will be dedicated in general to Hopedale
    veterans of all wars and specifically to those from Hopedale who made the "supreme sacrifice" in wars dating
    back to the Spanish American War.

    Names appearing on the memorial will include:

    Spanish American War: Paul T. French; World War I: Edward C. Burnham, Jr., Davis Gabry, Paul H. Harris,
    Darrel F. Lindsey, Raymond A. Piper, John M. Raymond, Walter H. Tillotson: World War II: William K. Baer,
    John Barr, Robinson Billings, Leverett B. Clark, Francis D. DeRoche, Francis X. Gaffney, Lowell K. Hammond,
    Harry W. Kimball, Richard G. Knight, Donald R. Midgley, Joseph L. Miller, Henry E. Rumse, Ferdnando Peter
    Spadoni, Francis L. Wallace and Thomas W. Wilson. Also Korean War: Richard Griffin, and Vietnam War:
    Douglas D'Orsay and John Steel.

    A number of donations of both money and "in-kind services, as well as materials, have been made by
    residents and area businessmen, making the much needed memorial possible. Mark Ansart, a local
    contractor, has donated the site work, and Linda Varney of Varney Concrete Company has donated concrete
    and gravel.

    Don Howes of Howes Welding of Hopedale has offered to provide a flag pole. Raymond Andreotti, a local
    artist, donated his talent providing the artist's renditions of the project. Walter Swift, of Swift's Creative
    Landscaping, has donated the landscaping and material in memory of the late Ben Phillips, one of the prime
    movers in proposing the establishment of the memorial.

    The most recent donations to the memorial fund have been made by:

    Dr. and Mrs. Noel BonTempo of Milford in memory of Robert P. Wood.
    Joseph DeRoche of Milford in memory of Francis DeRoche.
    William Caufield of Hopedale in memory of Kenneth Baer, John Barr, Francis Wallace and Francis DeRoche.
    The total amount of cash donations received to date, according to M. Russell Dennett, is $13,915. The now-
    disbanded Hopedale VFW Post donated $5,000 and the Walter H. Tillotson American Legion Post donated
    $3,000. The Hopedale Foundation provided $5,000. The balance of donations, $915, came from individual

    In addition to the most recent donors listed above, other donors include:

    John E. Butcher, Jr.
    M. Russell and Shirley Dennett, in memory of Mortimer C. Dennett
    Francis and June Hanam
    Earl and Roberta Simmons in memory of Lt. Dale Simmons
    Margaret Wilson Testa in memory of Thomas W. Wilson (father), and Francis DeRoche (uncle)
    William Meaden
    Gertrude Santucci in memory of brother, Francis DeRoche
    David and Carlia Moroney
    Carl and Marguerite Stanas in memory of all Hopedale veterans
    George and Lenore Sears in memory of Richard Griffin
    Robert and Hilda Hammond in memory of Lowell K. Hammond
    Shirley Nixon in memory of her brother, Harry Kimball
    Hester Chilson in memory of Hopedale veterans
    Ellen Fettig in memory of Ralph Clinton and Alfred Fettig
    William and Gladys Kimball in memory of Harry W. Kimball
    Helen Hammond in memory of Freeman Hammond and Lowell K. Hammond
    Virginia Cyr in memory of John W. Cyr
    Dina Bilodeau in memory of Paul E. Cyr.
    Committee members include Bernard Stock, Robert Brown, M. Russell Dennett, Bill Caufield, Robert
    Hammond, John E. Farrar, Jr., Jack Butler and Carl Stanas.
    Milford Daily News

    Complete list of donors below

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From Hopedale 100th Birthday Committee cookbook.