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January 7, 1952

    From 1940 to 1949, John and Margaret Byrne and family operated a small dairy farm on
    Hartford Avenue. The barn was on the Mendon side of the road, while the house and most
    of the fields were on the Hopedale side. The three pictures at the top of  this page are
    from those days. In 1949, they moved to a larger farm in Littleton, and the Hopedale place
    was sold, first to Varney Brothers and in 1952, to Draper Corporation. Draper then built
    the airport on the site, and it opened in January 1953.

    Before it was an airport, it was a farm. In the 1940s, the  
    farm belonged to the John and Margaret Byrne family.