The Grafton & Upton Railroad - A 142-page book on the history of the railroad by Gordon Hopper is now on
    this site.

    Kenneth Burnham - Letter written by Burnham in 1917 about life in the Army in France. It was an answer to
    his mother's question about the Red Cross and the Y.M.C.A. It was printed in the Milford Journal.

    Recent additions to hope1842 pages -  Draper Property Proposal (December 2018 MDN article)     Deaths   


    Twenty-five years ago - January 1994 - President Bill Clinton and Russian President Boris Yeltsin sign
    the Kremlin accords, which stop the preprogrammed aiming of nuclear missiles toward each country's
    targets, and also provide for the dismantling of the nuclear arsenal in Ukraine.

    The 6.7 Mw Northridge earthquake strikes the Greater Los Angeles area leaving 57 people dead and more
    than 8,700 injured.

    President Bill Clinton delivers his first State of the Union address, calling for health care reform, a ban on
    assault weapons, and welfare reform.

    Fifty years ago - January 1969  -  The New York Jets upset the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III, 16-7. Joe
    Namath is the MVP of the game.

    An explosion aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise near Hawaii kills 27 and injures 314.

    Richard Nixon is sworn in as the 37th President of the United States.

    The Beatles give their last public performance, of several tracks on the roof of Apple Records, London
    (featured in Let It Be.)

    News items above are from Wikipedia.  For Hopedale news from 25, 50 and 100 years ago, copied from
    clippings at the Bancroft Library, see below this text box.


                                               Hopedale A Century Ago - Part 1

    As in the last three years, we'll start off 1919 with a look at what life in Hopedale was like a century ago, as
    seen in the Hopedale section of the weekly Milford Gazette. The items were copied from a scrapbook at the
    Bancroft Library.

    January 3 - A New Year's party was held at the home of William Salmond Tuesday evening in honor of
    Raymond Smethurst of Camp Devens. (Salmond lived at 81 Dutcher Street.)

    The Hopedale Rifle Club will continue its weekly shoots at the central fire station Monday evenings. The
    December tournament was won by Kleber Campbell with A. C. Rhodes second and E. A. Darling third.

    January 10 - The Victrola concert at the library Sunday under the direction of Robert Jamieson was well

    Millard T. Gaskill, a senior at the high school, has been accepted without conditions as a student at the
    state agricultural college at Amherst.

    Last Friday shopmates of Charles E. Robbins at the Draper plant presented him with a handsome parlor
    clock, it having been learned that he was quietly married to Mrs. Alveda A. (Gay) Dalton, December 24, by
    Rev. A. D. Graffam. The couple are at home to friends at 11 Inman Street.

    January 17 - Miss Carrie Durgin has resumed her teaching duties in Attleboro, where the schools had
    been closed on account of the epidemic. (When in Hopedale, Miss Durgin was at 110 Dutcher Street.)

    January 24 - George E. Nichols, a student at the New Hampshire state college, has been a guest of his
    mother here this week. (Nichols lived at 27 Oak Street.)

    Word was received here Tuesday of the death of Mrs. Arthur Milligan, formerly Miss Florence Baton of this
    town. Her husband was formerly in the automobile business here. She is also survived by a 2-year old
    daughter.  (A flu death?)

    The recently formed Woman's Catholic War Aid society held a successful whist party in Town Hall Friday
    evening, about 50 tables being occupied.

    January 31 - Private Raymond Gaffney has been discharged from the service at Camp Hancock, Georgia,
    and has returned to his home here. (The Gaffney home was at 147 Hopedale Street.)

    The local coal situation is so nearly normal that the fuel commission has tendered its resignation and the
    same has been accepted by J.J. Storrow.

    James L. Lilley has practically finished the lettering of the memorial honor roll for the town. The panels are
    soon to be installed in the frame, erected near the Town Hall building, corner of Hopedale and Depot
    streets. (Lilley resided in Milford, but had a carriage and auto painting business at 98 Mendon Street.)

    February 7 - The social at the Union Church, Friday evening, was well attended and an enjoyable program
    of piano, violin and vocal selections was presented. It was announced that $110 for the coal fund had been

    It is possible that for the first time in a dozen years a contest for town office may develop this year, several
    men living in the south part being mentioned for the position on the board of selectmen, made vacant by
    the death of Lewis B. Gaskill.

    February 14 - Ice cutting was commenced on Hopedale Pond Monday.

    Dr. Sallie Harding Saunders of West Medway had bought the Burgess house and will open an office in the
    spring for the practice of her profession.

    February 21 - Over 200 employees of the Draper plant are on the sick list.

    Saturday marked the 50th anniversary of the entrance of Henry L. Patrick into the grocery business and that
    evening his employees placed on his desk a massive loving cup, handsomely embossed and inscribed
    "1869 - 1919." A card accompanying the gift testified to the high esteem in which Mr. Patrick is held by his
    employees. From a small beginning the Patrick business has grown to take in the neighboring towns and
    34 men and women are now employed at the two stores. The business, which was recently incorporated
    as the Henry Patrick Co., amounts to $400,000 a year. Mr. Patrick takes pride in the fact that for years
    women have been employed on the same footing as men, and that for 25 years a successful profit sharing
    plan has been in operation.

    February 28 - George P. Shepherd and Wilfred Whitney, who are now in the Navy, are soon to sail for

    The play, "Where is Helen?" was successfully presented in town hall Friday evening, by the high school
    seniors, before a large audience.

    March 7 - The Hopedale Independents defeated the Reo Five at basketball Tuesday evening in Holliston,
    22 to 14.

    Mrs. Sallie Harding Saunders received her degree from the Tufts Medical School Wednesday, and is soon
    to open an office here.

    As a result of Hopedale heading the list of smaller towns with a per capita tax of $7.49 for the Fourth Liberty
    loan, the town will have the honor of affixing its name to one of the new ships of the emergency fleet.
    (Although the sentence says "affixing its name," a different choice was made..Click on the link to see what
    name was given to the ship.)

    March 14 - Corporal Winburn Dennett has been a recent visitor in town
    The home of B.H. Bristow Draper is being extensively remodeled and enlarged and in the interim Mr.
    Draper and his family are living at The Ledges.

    March 28 - A telephone has been installed at the Bancroft Memorial Library.

    William Lapworth has purchased a Packard limousine for the use of his daughters, and a Buick car for
    general use. He has engaged Judson Randlett as chauffeur.

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Henry Patrick's Store in 1919.

Note the
watering trough, now at the corner of Hopedale and Adin streets.

Hopedale News - January 1994

Hopedale News - January 1969

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Hopedale News - January 1919