The pictures above are from the Hopedale Town Report for
    1917 Click here to see more early pictures of Hopedale Pond.

    Hopedale History
    February 15, 2017
    No. 318
    Hopedale a Century Ago, Part 4

    Hopedale in February   

    Additions to previously exiting pages on include: Gabby Hartnett (A Telegram & Gazette
    article from Dick Grady on Gabby, a Millville hero.)     Helen Draper (Yes, Helen again, thanks to a tip  from
    Bob Goss about another article on her will that I hadn't seen before. It's in the August 8, 1933 article.)     


    In order to make the facilities of the playground and pond more readily available to the children living at a
    distance from the center, a school bus was operated by the Park Department each weekday morning to
    bring the children to the park and return home. 2,697 children were carried on 46 trips, an average of 58 per
    day. It is planned to continue this service during the coming summer. Report of the Park Commissioners,
    Thomas West, L. Marshall Newell, Robert Marso, 1956

    Princess Margaret Boncompagni, members of the Hopedale School Committee, and town officials
    participated in dedication ceremonies of an elaborately outfitted Memorial Library in the General Draper
    High School. It was dedicated 65 years ago - April 6, 1929 - by the Princess in memory of her father,
    General William F. Draper.  Milford Daily News, September 17, 1994   Click here to see photos of the
    General Draper Library.


                                           Hopedale A Century Ago, Part 4

    October 12 - A hot roast beef dinner at the Union chapel Wednesday noon was well attended.

    Andrew Martin has resumed his studies at the state agricultural college at Amherst.

    October 19 - A son was born recently to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas B. Gannett of Boston.

    Several of the local Boy Scouts in charge of A. H. Yeaton enjoyed a hike through the woods Saturday. They
    cooked a meal in the open.

    Jonas Northrop received word Monday of the safe arrival in France of Dr. and Mrs. Bernard A. Wyall. The
    former will engage in tuberculosis work for the French government, and the latter, who was formerly Miss
    Minnie Northrop, will serve as a Red Cross nurse.

    October 26 - Joseph Conns will spend the winter at the Lakeville sanitarium.

    An Overland touring car owned by William H. Nelson was stolen in North Grafton last week. It was later
    recovered, uninjured, in Worcester.

    A contract for the new house of Mrs. William C. Bradbury of Denver, to be erected on Adin Street from plans
    drawn by architect Robert Allen Cook, has been awarded to Waters & Hynes of Milford. When the house is
    finished, it will be occupied by George H. Locke and family of Milford.

    John, the five-year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Fleming of North Grafton, was struck Friday afternoon and
    instantly killed by Theo Sheldon's automobile. The boy was driving cows from a pasture, and ran directly in
    front of the machine. Sheldon has been absolved from blame in the unfortunate affair.

    November 9 - Asa A. Westcott is operating a Buick touring car.

    The Hustlers' Club held a successful dancing party at Pythian Hall Saturday evening.

    Joseph Collins died Saturday after a year's illness from consumption. He was 46 years old and had lived
    here over twenty years, being employed by the Draper Corporation.

    November 16 - The Hopedale Rifle Club will hold a turkey shoot Thanksgiving morning

    Raymond Piper has successfully passed the examination for the signal corps of the aviation section.

    The local Y.M.C.A. drive for funds opened yesterday with an open-air meeting in front of the Draper plant.
    The factory whistle was sounded, the Hopedale band furnished music, and several short but effective
    speeches were made.

    November 23 - Dr. H.I. Fiske of this town has been appointed instructor of dentistry at the Harvard Dental
    School, and will lecture every Wednesday morning.

    Harold H. Jordon has been transferred from Fort Strong, Boston Harbor, to the military school at Fortress
    Monroe, Virginia, for a three month course of training.

    The Y.M.C.A. drive here for war work funds netted $14,000. Of this amount, George A. Draper and the
    Draper Corporation contributed $5,000 each, employees of the Draper plant, $1,388.95, and Lieutenant E.
    S. Draper and B.H.B. Draper and wife $1,000 each.

    November 30 - George E. Draper has purchased a new Oakland touring car.

    Mrs. Eugene S. Newhall has substituted in the Mendon schools this week.

    A slight chimney fire at the home of Miss Harriet B. Sornberger Monday on Dutcher Street caused the calling
    of the chemical wagon.

    About 40 persons participated in the turkey shoot of the Hopedale Rifle Club yesterday morning. The
    shooting was at 200 yards, and Raymond Piper of the Naval Reserves won the turkey with a score of 34.
    There were also second, third and fourth prizes, which were chickens.

    December 7 - A service flag with three stars for Charles Marsden, John Manuel and Fred Lee is displayed
    at the central fire station.

    The Knights of Khaki of the Union Church enjoyed a game supper in the church dining hall Monday
    evening. Lieutenant Carroll Cole, now at Camp Devens, gave a talk and war songs were sung.

    At the meeting of the Knights of Pythias this evening, officers will be elected, refreshments will be served
    and an entertainment enjoyed. Action will be taken on the report of the committee on war relief work.

    Eugene Creighton, Jesse Bromley, Mrs. J. Newton Nutter and Mr. and Mrs. Fred Ball have been appointed a
    committee to prepare a record of the Hopedale men in the service and to see that the needs of these men
    are supplied. Contributions of yard, finished work or money are solicited, and knitters are to report Mondays
    and Fridays at 75 Freedom Street to receive yarn and to return finished work.

    December 14 - The Hopedale A.C. basketball five will play at Warren tomorrow evening.

    William Grant has enlisted at machinist in the aviation corps and has reported at Fort Slocum, N.Y.

    A bean supper was served at the Unitarian Church Wednesday evening, under the auspices of the Alliance
    C.E. Nutting, H. A. Billings, C. F. Butterworth, G. R. Goff, Rev. C. A. Henderson, Rev. Richard Peters, Henry
    Lawrince, William McCaslin, W. I Stimson and A. A. Westcott are the local committee in charge of raising
    funds for the Halifax relief work.

    December 21 - Elwood Peters recently split open one of his fingers while sliding.

    Mortimer Dennett has been promoted to a sergeantcy at Camp Devens.

    Joseph Ambrogi, employed at the Louisa Lake Ice Co. of Milford, has gone to Fort Slocum, having enlisted
    in the coast artillery.

    Henry E. Earl, a brother of Mrs. L. B. Hammond, who was a seaman on the Actaeon, recently sunk by a
    submarine, was among those rescued.

    The public schools will close for the Christmas recess this afternoon. In the interest of coal conservation
    pupils will have an extra week's vacation, the high school reopening January 7, and the grades, January 14.

    December 28 - At the rhetorical exercised at the high school Friday, first honors were won by Mabel Arey
    and Gordon Peters, and second honors by Grace Draper and Secondo Negrotti.

    The directors of the Draper Corporation have decided to admit women to some of the lighter work at the big
    plant and a reorganization of the working force is to be made by transferring some of the men to other
    departments. A place will be made for 100 or more women and girls in the bobbin department as the first
    step in the new program.

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