Wallace Stimpson (not to be confused with Wallis Simpson, of course) was a high-level employee of the
Draper Corporation, rising to the rank of vice-president. When Deborah Robbins sent the picture of the
Stimpson family, shown above, I asked if she was related to them. Here is her reply:
No relation! But a Stimpson family member did stop by one day (when we were living there) and my
father took him through the house. He then sent this picture with a thank you note. My mother grew up
across the street at 22 Dutcher.....she played in the house as a little girl. Marshall and Edith Newell lived
there then Dr. Farrell's wife, Patty Stenberg, also grew up in this house. That is who my parents bought it
from. (Patty Stenberg Farrell's parents) My mother was so thrilled, as she had always loved it.
always looked at it as a little girl and wondered what it was like to live in our house back in the early
1900s. My mother grew up across the street and always loved the house. So, when my parents bought it
she was thrilled!! Loved growing up there! I have not lived in Hopedale since 1983, when I left from
college, but love your posts! Thanks for doing it! So appreciative of the pictures and memories!!
Miriam Grillo Loiselle
18 Dutcher Street
The above is from the 1898 Hopedale directory. 18 Dutcher Street is at the corner of Dutcher and
Peace streets. The next directory I have is for 1927. At that time the Stimpsons (Wallace and I
suppose Maude, but women's names weren't included in that book) were at 36 Adin Street. Also in
that year, Eva Stimpson, 64, was at 18 Dutcher Street. She was listed as a housekeeper, not a
housewife, which meant that she was a widow. In the 1917 book, (at the Bancroft Library) Edward
Stimpson, inventor, age 77, was on Dutcher Street, no number given, but presumably 18, and
Wallace Stimpson, salesman, age 52, was on Adin Street.
inventors who had patents for the Northrop loom. Edward Stimpson had 44. There was only one,
James Northrop with 85, who had more than Stimpson. Wallace Stimpson had eight, and even that
number was more than most. The great majority of them had from one to three.
18 Dutcher Street. Henry was superintendent of the Draper foundry. As mentioned by Deborah
Robbins earlier on this page, her parents, the Grillos, bought the house from the Stenbergs.
According to the 2017 street listing book, the current residents are Kenneth and Patricia Murphy.
Stimpson stones at Hopedale Village Cemetery.
Photograph taken in 1905 on the front steps of 18 Dutcher Street, Hopedale, Mass. This photograph
shows three generations of the Stimpson Family.
Starting on the lowest step, the persons are as follows:
1. Girl on the left-----Mabel Stimpson Hayes Wilson - b. 1900
2. Girl on the right----Helen Stimpson Harper Bradford - b. 1899
3. On step above----Wallace Irving Stimpson - 1864-1939 (father of Helen)
4. Woman on the right----Maude Hapgood Stimpson - 1869-1931 (wife of Wallace)
5. Babe in arms----Edward S. Stimpson II - b. 1904 (son of Harry)
6. Holding Edward----Frances Maude Greenway Stimpson (1875-1928 (wife of Harry)
7. On the right----Harry Farnum Stimpson - 1873-1941 (father of Edward and Mabel)
8. Edward S. Stimpson---1837-1924 (father of Wallace and Harry)
9. On the right----Eva Newton Stimpson - 2nd wife of ESS - 1863-1928
10. "Uncle" with white beard----George Hatch
11. In black with hat----Mrs. George Hatch (sister of Eva)
12. In back - woman in white----???
The house at which this photograph was taken is now occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Grillo. A
recent photograph shows that the front steps have been rebuilt with a hand rail and posts, but the lattice-
work and the square knobs on the post and the contours of the posts in the railing of the porch, all
indicate that this part of the building is unchanged.
by 18 Dutcher Street sometime in the late 1960s, and given a tour of his old home. He then sent the
family picture, the identifications, and the note below.