January 15, 2018
1918, Part 2
Hopedale in January
Resolves (Another article on the influence of the Mendon Resolves of 1773 on the Declaration of
Independence.) Charles Roper (Thanks to Robin Philbin and Cesare Comolli for a view of Freedom Street
including the Roper house at 50 Freedom Street, c. 1910) Deaths
The large number of books from the estate of Mrs. B.H.B. Draper, Sr., filled a need for popular fiction
providing many books of high literary value. Juvenile books, the gift of Miss Helene Draper, have been very
welcome. Rare manuscripts dealing with early Hopedale days, presented by Adin Ballou’s granddaughter,
Mrs. John Holden, as well as children’s books once in the Ballou family, sent by Miss Letty Davis, have
added greatly to the interest and value of the early Hopedale items. Librarian's Report, Rachel C.Day, 1947
Every now and then there is a structure, a building with such character and presence, that it's very being has
a unique and fantastic personality. Some said this building was a "speak easy." All who wrote about it, even
Yankee Magazine in 1963, referred to its look as haunted, but truth is, the Harel House off Greene Street
boasts a prouder history. Milford Daily News, 1999. Click here to read about the Harel House.
Hopedale in 1918 - Part 2
April 5, 1918 - Pupils at the high school paid an interesting visit to the Massachusetts Institute of
The Boy Scouts held a successful dancing party at Pythian Hall Saturday evening, entertaining the Camp
Fire Girls and the Loyal Workers.
Walter D. Pickard, who has been attending the officers' training school at Fortress Monroe, Virginia, has
been commissioned a second lieutenant in the officers reserve corps, coast artillery.
An impressive flag raising was held Friday at the Westcott mill in Spindleville. A large flag and a service flag
with two stars being purchased by the 40 employees. Samuel Olivant made the presentation, and Asa A.
Westcott made the speech of acceptance.
April 12 - Postmaster George Sheldon has reported the sale of over $18,000 worth of Thrift stamps up to
The local surgical dressings committee sent 1695 pieces to headquarters Saturday, as a result of the
Arthur Durgin is now employed at the Watertown Arsenal, and has given up professional baseball for this
Harold Entwell has enlisted in the gas defense work of the ordinance department. This makes the 35th star
for the high school service flag.
April 19 - The large lawn on the estate of Eben S. Draper is being plowed up for a vegetable garden.
"Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch" was presented by the Junior Christian Endeavor Society last evening at
the Union Church.
April 26 - A new electric engine for the Grafton & Upton Railroad has arrived.
The women of the roll room at the Draper plant will give a play at the Town Hall on May 10 for the benefit of
the Red Cross.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Roper were at Los Angeles, California during the recent earthquake, but a telegram was
received here stating that they have suffered in no way.
Murtaugh O"Connell, one of the oldest and best known of the Irish-Americans in this section, died Friday
morning in his home on Adin Road from septic poisoning from a carbuncle. He was born in Ireland 85
years ago and came to this country while still a young man.
May 3 - The high school nine won its game at Ashland Wednesday 20 to 12.
The girls employed in the shop office of the Draper plant presented a successful minstrel show in Pythian
Hall Wednesday evening for the benefit of the local war fund.
The losing team of the firemen's card tournament served a turkey supper to the winners at the fire station
May 10 - William Lapworth is operating a new Peerless touring car.
Members of the Hopedale soccer club tendered a reception Saturday to Wlliam E. Warranton of Worcester,
formerly of Hopedale, who recently enlisted in the Canadian Army.
The household goods of George Davis have been moved to Cambridge.
Employees of the Draper Corporation have subscribed for a service flag which will contain 190 stars.
Fifty carloads of freight were shipped from here Monday over the Grafton & Upton Railroad via Milford.
Edward C. Burnham, Jr., a sophomore at Brown University, is one of 18 students who have been sent to the
officers' training school at Camp Devens.
Henry Earl is recovering from injuries received in service in the Navy, and who was recently cited for bravery,
is the guest of his sister, Mrs. Leon Hammond.
May 17 - Corporal Richard Harding of the field artillery, American Expeditionary Forces, has been cited for
gallantry and especially meritorious service in action against the enemy, and has been recommended for
the Distinguished Service Medal. He was graduated from the local high school in 1907.
May 24 - Mrs. Annie Dennett, went to Maine Friday to attend the graduation of her son, Winburn, from the
University of Maine.
A large box kite bearing the Red Cross insignia was flown from the Draper plant Monday, but the weather
Tuesday and Wednesday was too unfavorable to repeat the affair.
F. J. Dutcher has presented the library with a hand-colored print made from a daguerreotype of the group of
buildings on the lower mill pond in 1864. A history of the buildings accompanied the picture, which is
framed in wood from the old temple shop timbers.
May 31 - Edith, the three year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm Turner is ill with pneumonia, and a
trained nurse is in attendance. (Edith died on June 1.Other Hopedale children who died in 1918 included
Maria D'Alessandro, one year, six months, of diptheritis laryngitis, Donald Fowler, one, meningitis, Edmund
Gilmore, 6, polio, and Janet Lapworth, two years, six months, tubercular meningitis. Seventeen year-old
Gertrude (Hobbs) Alger died of the flu. Seven people in their twenties died, and ten who died were in their
Notices were posted Tuesday at the Draper plant that a substantial increase in wages except for salaried
men will be effective tomorrow.
The high school juniors held a successful cabaret Friday evening in Town Hall. The boys acted as waiters
and the girls, attired in the costumes of ten or a dozen countries, presented a pleasing program of vocal
June 7 - Mr. and Mrs. Harry Wilbur are occupying their summer cottage at Lake Nipmuc.
The Hopedale baseball association has decided not to put a team into the field this year.
Mrs. B.H.B. Draper will give a lawn party next week, Saturday afternoon, for the benefit of the Red Cross.
The new Red Cross headquarters at The Ledges were formally opened with a largely attended reception
June 14 - Lewis Gaskill has arrived safely on the other side.
An excavation for the new Catholic church here is now in progress.
A break in the mechanism of C. E. Nutting's car Tuesday evening caused the car to be abandoned in
June 21 - The bathhouses at the park are now opened for the season.
News has been received of the safe arrival in France of William Northrop.
Winburn A. Dennett, a graduate of the local high school and the University of Maine, has been chosen to
succeed A. H. Yeaton as sub-master at the high school.
June 28 - Mrs. James of Orange, New Jersey, and Miss Felice Bowers of New York have been the guests of
Miss.Lucy Day this week.
Peabody & Stearns have prepared plans for a mausoleum for George Albert Draper at the Village Cemetery,
and the contract has been given to E.F. Miner & Co. of Worcester.
Charles Lapworth of Brockton, formerly of this town, has composed a new waltz, "The Call of the Heart,"
which was recently played at Lake Nipmuc by the Peachy and Keane orchestra and was well received.
This picture was the subject of a news item printed in the Milford Gazette on May 24, 1918. It reads:
F. J. Dutcher has presented the library with a hand-colored print made from a daguerreotype of the
group of buildings on the lower mill pond in 1864. A history of the buildings accompanied the
picture, which is framed in wood from the old temple shop timbers.