The pictures above, except for the one with the caption that mentions
the Milford Ice Company dam, were taken from Draper Corporation
photography department negatives at the Bancroft Library.
Note the white town line on the GoogleEarth view above. Milford is above and to the right of the line,
Upton on the left and Hopedale is below the line. Route 140 runs across the view from right to left,
more or less in the middle. This ;has often seemed to me like a strange change in the town line
which up to that point is fairly straight in its division of Hopedale and Milford. My guess is that when the
town line was drawn during the 1886 separation of Hopedale from Milford, the Hopedale people, or
the Draper people (well, same thing) wanted the Mill Pond, all or at least half, to be part of Hopedale
because of their interest in water rights. Draper Company owned the water rights to North Pond,
which is upstream from the pond By 1886, they were getting beyond the point where water power was
a factor, but perhaps there was still some use for it. Another possibility is brought up by the caption on
the picture at the top of the page. Had the Hopedale Coal & Ice Company bought the Milford Ice
Company and saw some advantage to having the pond become part of Hopedale? We'll probably
never know, but if I can find anything on it, I'll add it here.
reason that when traveling from Hopedale toward Upton, you pass an Entering Hopedale sign, and
then within a couple of hundred yards or so, you see that you are Entering Upton. Traveling the other
way, it's Entering Hopedale and then very soon, Entering Milford.
Arnold Nealley refers to the pond as Taylor's Marsh. The Lee Taylor family used to live in a house on
the west side of the pond. Taylor worked for Hopedale Coal & Ice, which seems a hint that H C & I had
an interest in the area. It makes me think that they may have owned the house and much of the land in
the area, and that Taylor probably rented the house from the company.
under Route 140.
Looking downstream where water goes under Route 140.
it was so low, and who controlled the level of the dam. I stopped for the pictures you see below on
January 22, (and again on January 23) and then came to the conclusion that it wasn't a matter of
lowering the boards, but that they were all gone. You can compare the pictures below that show the
dam with several of those above. The dam, at least the part that was holding back the water, is gone.
Photos above taken on January 22, 2015.
Photos below, January 23, 2015.
Eventually the dam was replaced and
the water returned to its previous level.