May l5, 2020
Adin Ballou, Part 2
Hopedale in April
Proposal for 1200 condo units in Draper property (1980s)
A few months ago, I was given several hundred photos which had been taken by the Draper photography department,
and rescued from the trash by Bob Anderson. Bob was among the last of the Draper workers to be let go. His job
involved getting around to about all of the departments in the company. In addition to putting the pictures on this site,
I've interviewed him several times. Here are Bob's memories of working at the Draper Corporation.
Twenty-five years ago - May 1995 - More than 170 countries agree to extend the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty
indefinitely and without conditions.
At Vaal Reefs gold mine in Orkney, a runaway locomotive falls into a lift shaft onto an ascending cage and causes it to
plunge 1,500 feet to the bottom of the 6,900-foot deep shaft, killing 104.
Fifty years ago - May 1970 - President Richard Nixon orders U.S. forces to cross into neutral Cambodia, threatening
to widen the Vietnam War, sparking protests across the United States and leading to the Kent State shootings.
Four students at Kent State University in Ohio, USA are killed and nine wounded by Ohio National Guardsmen, at a
protest against the incursion into Cambodia.
Hard Hat Riot: Unionized construction workers attack about 1,000 students and others protesting the Kent State
shootings near the intersection of Wall Street and Broad Street and at New York City Hall.
The Beatles release their 12th and final album, Let It Be.
In Washington, D.C., 100,000 people demonstrate against the Vietnam War.
In the second day of violent demonstrations at Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi, state law
enforcement officers fire into the demonstrators, killing 2 and injuring 12.
Thor Heyerdahl sets sail from Morocco on the papyrus boat Ra II, to sail the Atlantic Ocean.
Gazette, and was copied from files at the Bancroft Library.
Adin Ballou – The Early Days
By Rev. John K. Hammon
Continuing from last month, here’s more of Rev. Hammon’s paper on Adin Ballou, given to the Hopedale Community
Historical Society. There's more to it than these two parts. Click here if you'd like to read the entire paper.
Ballou felt divine Providence was working on his behalf, however, when at the very hour he was being voted out of the
Milford Universalist Church, he was being voted into the First Congregational Parish of Mendon. No sooner had the
Milford people finished their unpleasant task than a committee attended Ballou with the invitation to accept the
Mendon pulpit – an invitation that was not allowed to gather dust! Not a Sunday passed without his preaching.
Adin Ballou’s really maturing years, so far as thought and action was concerned, began at this point. His religious
beliefs were intensifying, and his conception of the Fatherhood of God and the Brotherhood of Men beginning to
assume more and more prominence in the system of his theology. As a future retributionist he was compelled to
believe in the deep efficiency of pure Christian conduct in the here and now. To prepare oneself to avoid a distant but
still real consequence of immoral acts it seemed to him and to his friends of paramount importance to live
righteously in this sphere, --here on earth. This is what religion and particularly Christianity was meant to serve.
Meanwhile from the fury of the Restorationist dispute his interest began to turn elsewhere. There began to sweep
over the country a great enthusiasm for various reforms. The 30s and 40s and 50s of the 19th century were the grand
decades which saw the conscience of the American idealism being pricked, when men and women began to
examine themselves both from the standpoint of their religious prospects and the founding principles of the Republic
with its Bill of Rights. It was a tremendous assessment in which the intellectual leaders and the men on the farms
were inquiring as to whether or not the daily actions they were performing met in any consequential way the ideals
they were wont to express. When huge areas of lack and inconsistency became apparent there were those ready of
acute enough minds and stout enough temperament to make resolute efforts toward correction and adjustment.
With Adin Ballou’s precision and his very sensitive conscience it is not to be wondered that we find him at the very
forefront of these efforts. He seems suddenly to have awakened to the fact that his preachings were mere
shibboleths without accompanying social action. The idea of practical Christianity became luminous to him—how
could one be a true, a real, a practical Christian; squaring his deeds to his professions? What did it mean beneath
everything else to claim the name of Christian if it did not signify the determination to live a life as the great master of
Galilee exemplified it and gave us the archetype?
The first reform movement in which he became interested was that of Temperance. The circumstances of his
introduction to this are rather amusing, as well as instructive. He was persuaded by Rev. Perry of the orthodox
Congregational parish in town to join the movement and promote it in the neighborhood. Ballou discerned the
potential reaction on the part of some of his people to his espousal of the movement. It was highly and rightly
suspected that the sponsorship on the Temperance Reform in town was designed to make sectarian capital – a
good many of the liberals were afraid of this, so Ballou when agreeing to help informed his brother minister that he
would make efforts to guard against any and all “sectarian and partisan misdirection or entanglement” – as he put it.
They would have immediately a public meeting with a lecture describing the plank and the reasons for it. Perry
insisted it be held in the liberal congregational church –Ballou’s church –and that he, Ballou, be the lecturer.
However, he demurred upon being asked to cooperate upon the occasion by sharing the exercises. When he did
accede it was apparently with great reluctance.
The time of the meeting came; there was a large attendance; the bell rang and Ballou waited in the vestibule for Perry
to come, so that they could go up to the pulpit together. He waited and waited, until finally he had to stop the bell-
ringer. At last the other minister appeared. When Ballou greeted him cordially and suggested they hasten forward,
Perry began to complain about the hard day he’d had, how tired he was, how unable to take part. But shrewdly Ballou
insisted. The argument continued as the two men passed up the aisle with the people on either side taking a great
interest in what was being said. They were also amazed! Suddenly, Perry broke away, ducked into a pew and sat
down, leaving Adin to proceed to the desk and conduct the exercises all alone. Let it be said though, to Perry’s credit
that after being severely rebuked for his behavior by a leading parishioner, he was man enough to beg Ballou’s
pardon for the whole affair in deep humiliation.
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A hit from 1970 - Neil Daimond, Cracklin' Rose.