November 1, 2017
More Draper Letters
Hopedale in October
Draper (An article printed in Massachusetts Monuments, 1910. Thanks to Peter Metzke of Melbourne,
Australia for sending it.) .) Thanks to John Longo for photos that have been added to The Mellen Street
Bridge The 1955 Flood in Spindleville The Blizzard of '78 Deaths
Twenty-five years ago - November 1992 - Bill Clinton defeats George H. W. Bush and Ross Perot in the
1992 Presidential Election
A report by the World Meteorological Organization reports an unprecedented level of ozone depletion in both
the Arctic and Antarctic.
The Czechoslovakia Federal Assembly votes to split the country into the Czech Republic and Slovakia,
Fifty years ago - November 1967 - President Lyndon B. Johnson holds a secret meeting with a group of the
nation's most prestigious leaders ("the Wise Men") and asks them to suggest ways to unite the American
people behind the war effort. They conclude that the American people should be given more optimistic
reports on the progress of the war.
The "population clock" of the United States Census Bureau records the U.S. population at 200 million
General William Westmoreland tells news reporters: "I am absolutely certain that whereas in 1965 the
enemy was winning, today he is certainly losing."
Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara announces his resignation to become president of the World Bank.
McNamara's resignation follows U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson's outright rejection of McNamara's early
November recommendations to freeze troop levels, stop the bombing of North Vietnam, and hand over
ground fighting to South Vietnam.
Senator Eugene McCarthy announces his candidacy for the Democratic Party presidential nomination,
challenging incumbent President Lyndon B. Johnson over the Vietnam War.
years ago (Milford Daily News), and 100 years ago (Milford Gazette).
More Draper Letters
You can hardly imagine how pleased I was to meet you the other morning, and find you just the same
pleasant, courteous gentleman that you were the first time I saw you. I know you will ask, "Why shouldn't I
be?" Well, first, you are a very rich man; then, you have served with great distinction in Congress; you have
filled a high diplomatic position abroad; and lastly you have taken on the culture of travel. And all these
things fell off you, as if they were not, and you met with as much cordiality as if I was in the same social set
We commoners are sensitive to the social barometer. I have had the good fortune to meet some persons
who had won distinction through the possession of brains, and I found the finer the culture to which those
brains had been subjected the simpler and more unpretentious the owners became; but when men have
only money, they act as if it constituted them a superior class. It is not usually agreeable to meet them. But
you: Ah! well, it brightened all that day, just to meet you.
I think now, that unless something unforeseen happens, I shall come to Hopedale next Sunday and attend
services in that beautiful church. I hope you go to church yourself, sometimes, and if so I may have the
privilege of seeing you across the church. Shall not come if it rains.
Ever since I went over to your beautiful village, I have hoped to repeat the visit, that I might see more of it
than was possible from our windows. It struck me the people there know how to inherit the earth, and had
made their portion of it a joy forever, as all beautiful things are.
I have just learned that you are to preside at a rally in Milford next week Friday, and John L. Bates is to
speak. Shall try to see you from the audience at that time. But next Sunday I hope you will permit me to see
you across the church, at least that is what I am writing this letter for.
William F. Draper. The context indicates that the letter above must have been written in the first decade of
the twentieth century. A search for H. B. Hastings in the Milford directory for 1904-5 was unsuccessful. The
only Hastings listing was; Hastings, James E., machinist Draper Co. house 54 Fruit
January 14, 1900
I thank you and Susan very much for your Christmas present. It came in very opportunely, especially as my
common stock has not paid any dividends for some time. I was also very pleased to get my first letter from
Margaret. (Margaret was Clare's half-sister. She was the daughter of the general and his second wife, Susan
Preston.) She writes better, I think, even now, than any of her brothers except perhaps Frank (William
Franklin Draper, Jr.,) and puts me completely to shame.
Vacation is over, and I am comparatively hard at work again. The present term is the longest and dullest of
this year, and is only broken by the Junior Promenade festivities, which come the week after next. This will
not mean so much to me, as I do not intend to take a girl. Those who do will be put at a heavy expense for
two or three days, and will presumably have a proportionately better time; then comes the Club pool and
billiards tournaments, and then nothing startling until the Easter vacation.
Before coming back, I spent a couple of days at Otis's [Clare's brother, George Otis Draper] and had an
interesting talk with him concerning my future business prospects. There seems to be a good chance for
me, if I am of any use.
Of course, you have seen about your name being proposed for Vice President. What do you think of the
I am somewhat in doubt as to whether I shall go to Europe next summer or not, owing to the Exposition,
which I am not anxious to see, high prices and etc., but probably shall go if I find a friend desirous of taking
the same kind of a trip that I wish to take. If I decide instead to go into business right away, I presume that
you will give me the money that you promised me for the trip.
What I have said is, of course, conditional partly upon whether you decide to come home next summer for
good or not, for if I should be able to see you abroad, it would put another face upon the matter.
There is nothing further that I can think of just now, so giving my love to Susan and Margaret, I will
Your loving son,
Clare H. Draper
William F. Draper Clare Draper Ezine Menu HOME
Hopedale News - 1992
The Gen. William F. Draper home on the present
site of Hopedale Junior-Senior High School.
The home of Clare and Matilda Draper
on the present site of Memorial School.
Hopedale History - November 1967
Hopedale News - November 1917
The mention of Shaye Cogan in this
obituary prompted me to take a look
and see if I could find anything on her.
You'll see what I found down below
the 1917 news.