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.....my mother was so thrilled, as she had always loved it.

    A short time later I heard from Deborah's sister, Miriam Grillo Loiselle

    Hi Dan, I am responding to the email that you sent to my sister Debbie Robbins.   I loved the picture and
    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!!

    Be well.
    Miriam Grillo Loiselle

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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.

    The 1904 edition of the Draper publication Labor Saving Looms included a list of about 150
    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.

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 Mable)
    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.