This month's story that consists of news items from the first four months of 1920, includes a line about Dorothy Draper
    Gannett selling her parents' house, shown above, at 150 Beacon Street in Boston. Here is some information on the
    property from a real estate site. It mentions that it had been the home of Isabella Stuart Gardner.  If you'd like a closer
    look, including the inside, here it is.    

    150 Beacon Street #3, Boston
    Price: $7,495,000
    Size: 3,543 square feet
    Bedrooms: 3
    Baths: 4.5

    If you purchased this more than $7 million condo for sale on Beacon Street, you’d be living atop the same plot of land
    that Isabella Stewart Gardner did almost 160 years ago.

    Her grand townhouse at 152 Beacon Street was a wedding present from her father, after her marriage to Jack Gardner in
    1860. It’s where the couple began amassing their extraordinary art collection. But in 1902, when Gardner moved to the
    Fenway—to the home that now houses her museum—she requested that her house number, 152, never be used again.

    Soon after, a cotton machinery manufacturer named Eben Draper purchased the house from the Gardners. He
    demolished the building and erected the mansion that stands there today. Its address is 150 Beacon Street, rather than

    They didn't bother to mention that Draper was also the governor of Massachusetts.  Here's what Eben and Nannie's
    daughter, Dorothy, wrote about the house.

    "Soon, I think 1903, my father bought 150 and 152 Beacon Street from Mrs. Jack Gardner (Isabella Stewart Gardner)
    and after demolishing these two houses he built his really beautiful city home on this double lot. It was of steel
    construction throughout, completely fire-proof as to the standards of the period."

    In spite of it being "fireproof," it burned in 1909. At least, the interior and it's valuable contents burned. Click here for more
    of Dorothy's memories.

    Click here to see where more of the Hopedale Drapers were living during the "social season."

    Hopedale in January   


    Twenty-five years ago – January 1995 - This was the first year that the Internet was entirely privatized, with the
    United States government no longer providing public funding. America Online and Prodigy offered access to the
    World Wide Web system for the first time this year, releasing browsers that made it easily accessible to the
    general public.

    The World Trade Organization (WTO) is established to replace the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade.

    Fifty years ago – January 1970 - The first episode of the soap opera All My Children is broadcast on the ABC
    television network.

    Diana Ross and The Supremes perform their farewell live concert together at the Frontier Hotel in Las Vega.
    Pan American Airways offers the first commercially scheduled Boeing 747 service from John F. Kennedy
    International Airport to London Heathrow Airport.

    News items above are from Wikipedia. Hopedale news from 25, 50 and 100 years ago can be seen below this
    text box.


                                                     Hopedale in 1920, Part 1

                                               Items from the weekly Milford Gazette

    January 2, 1920 – The table of the recent suffrage bazar at Boston, of which Mrs. H.L. Patrick was chairman,
    netted $425

    About 40 couples enjoyed the dancing party of the Camp Fire Girls Saturday evening at Pythian Hall. The Ideal
    orchestra of Woonsocket furnished music and refreshments were served. (Pythian Hall was the hall where the
    Knights of Pythias met, which was upstairs in the Harrison Block.)

    January 9 – The Hopedale Coal & Ice Co. is harvesting 12-inch ice, using a new gasoline power saw.

    William Larson has succeeded Walter Pike as clerk at the post office. Mr. Pike is now engaged in taking the
    federal census.

    The Roundabout club met Monday evening. Papers dealing with evolution and the life of Charles Darwin were
    given by Anna Pearson and Percival Treloar. The music was in charge of Mrs. W.W. Dutcher.

    January 16 - Lewis B. Hammond of this town won the gold-mounted Crocker fountain pen for writing the words
    “the Crocker fountain pen” on a postal card 312 times. The contest was conducted by M.J. Reynolds and had
    about 100 entries.

    Mrs. Margret Bacon sprained her ankle, recently, in a fall and is now confined to the house.

    G. Almon Draper lost the tip of his right thumb on a band saw at the Draper plant Wednesday.

    January 23 – The Hopedale Coal & Ice Company has completed the harvesting of 12,000 tons of ice.

    The commissioner of Public Welfare will give a hearing at Boston, Feb. 27, on the petition for the incorporation of
    the Hopedale Community House.

    January 30 – Mrs. George P. Sheldon who recently broke her ankle, (a bad season for ankles, evidently) was
    tendered a surprise party Monday afternoon by several of her neighbors.

    Mrs. Luella Lamb is seeking a divorce from her husband, Alfred W. Lamb, and has filed a tort suit for $10,000
    against Mrs. Annie I. French of this town.

    February 6 – Mrs. Donald Fraser is ill at her home on Dutcher Street and a trained nurse is in attendance.

    The high school seniors will hold a food sale for their Washington trip fund this afternoon in Town Hall.

    February 13 – The road scraper, drawn by six horses was used by S.E. Kellogg to break out the roads in this

    February 20 - The annual dance and play of the local fire department was held last Thursday evening in Town
    Hall with a large number in attendance, proving successful both socially and financially. Music was furnished by
    Narducci’s orchestra of Milford.

    February 27 – Washington’s birthday was observed Sunday afternoon at the Unitarian church by the playing of
    America on the chimes.

    March 5 – The high school seniors presented the two-act comedy, “Mr. Bob” Friday evening in Town Hall before a
    large audience. Dancing followed to the music of Hixon’s orchestra.

    The Alliance held a successful community social Wednesday evening in Town Hall. After a social hour, with card
    playing, dancing was enjoyed. Refreshments were served.

    March 12 – Jesse D. Bromley is ill with a severe attack of the grip.

    The Go-To-Church band of the Union church has a church attendance record of 82 percent of its membership
    since October 1,

    March 19 – The high school seniors and friends will leave today for a trip to Washington with about 20 in the party.

    The property at 150 Beacon street, Boston, has been sold to Flora A. Fuller by Mrs. Dorothy Draper Gannett. The
    house was built by the late Governor Eben S. Draper for his own occupancy, and house and land were assessed
    for $189,000.

    March 26 - The public schools are closed for the spring vacation of two weeks.

    Miss Eleanor Arnold is recovering from an attack of scarlet fever.

    Albert Butterfield is suffering with blood poisoning in his hand.

    April 2 - The card teams of the Pythians and the firemen will enjoy a turkey supper tomorrow evening.

    The Union Church was filled with friends and relatives Wednesday afternoon for the marriage of Kenneth N.
    Burnham and Miss Mildred Evelyn, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Nutting, all well known residents of this

    April 9 – Frank Dudley is recovering from severe burns received from an explosion at the Draper plant Saturday.

    April 16 - – The 30 couples who have conducted private dancing parties in Pythian Hall this past winter, closed
    the season Saturday with a cold meat supper, followed by dancing.

    Ernest Dunford, a draughtsman at the Draper plant, suffered a nervous breakdown, Friday, as an after-effect of
    shellshock, and was removed to Westboro for treatment.

    April 23 – The Leap Year whist club met Wednesday evening with Mrs. M.A. Barker on Lake street.

    Norman Henry, now an assistant secretary at the Boston Y.M.C. A. spent the holiday at the parental home here.

    April 30 – The automobile of George P. Sheldon was stolen from his home here Wednesday night and was found
    abandoned in an alley in Boston yesterday.

    Alvin D. Smith of this town is seeking a divorce from his wife, now in Lisbon, N.H., on the grounds of infidelity and
    is seeking the custody of their minor children.

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    On February 13, 1920, the Milford Gazette noted that Sam
    Kellogg operated a road scraper pulled by six horses to
    "break out the roads.' This picture, from a glass slide
    taken by William H. Barney, shows Adin Street.

    Photos from Hopedale Pond and the Hopedale Coal & Ice
    Co. icehouse. In the article below, the ice company is
    mentioned on January 9, 1920 and January 23, 1920.

Hopedale News - January 1995

Hopedale News - January 1970

Hopedale News - January 1920

From 1995, Nicki French - Total Eclipse of the Heart

Or, here from 1983 is the Bonnie Tyler version.

From 1970 - Linda Ronstadt with Long, Long Time.

    Here's Mamie Smith with Crazy Blues. According to the
    site, it was the Number 3 song for 1920. On YouTube it says, Mamie
    Smith (1883-1946) was the first African-American female performer
    to make a vocal blues recording in 1920 with "Crazy Blues"