My son, DJ, took this picture of Gov. Eben S. Draper
    during a recent visit to the State House. He said that
    nearby was a portrait of Gov. Elbridge Gerry, whose
    name became part of the vocabulary because of the
    unfortunate practice of gerrymandering.

    From Wikipedia - He is known best for being the
    namesake of gerrymandering, a process by which
    electoral districts are drawn with the aim of aiding the
    party in power, although its initial "g" has recently
    softened to /dʒ/ from the hard /ɡ/ of his name.

    The photo above, taken on December 17, 1924, shows a class in what appears to be the Dutcher
    Street School.I was thinking that the one below, taken on the same date, might be from the Chapel
    Street School but evidently not. According to Sanborn insurance maps from that period, Chapel Street
    didn't have lights. Evidently they figured big windows provided all the light that was needed. In 1924,
    kindergarten was at Chapel Street, which also had first, fifth and sixth. Park Street School had two
    seconds, a fourth, and a combined fourth/fifth. Dutcher Street had first, third and seventh and eighth.

Hopedale in December

More photos will be added during the month.

December 1 ezine -
Lt. Draper, 1861   

 Mid-December ezine -
Lt. Draper, November 1861   

Hopedale in November 2017   

Hopedale in December 2016   

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    It seems to be a mystery as to what happened to the mortar that
    sat on the lawn in front of the Legion Home for many years.

    The portrait of Gov. Draper at the State House is the same as
    the one inside the main entrance to Milford Hospital. To the
    left is a photo of the plaque next to the portrait at the hospital.

Ballou house - 64 Dutcher Street

7-9 Social Street

155 Hopedale Street

    That's my neighbor Wade doing some work on
    neighbor Manny's chimney. Better him than me.

    Need a bobber? Here are a few just waiting
    for you. They're at that popular fishing spot
    on Hopedale Pond, just a short distance
    downstream from the beach and bathhouse.
114 Mendon Street

High tide in Boston, December 6.

Community House Christmas tree.

G&U train in North Grafton - December 8.

    It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.
    My back yard on December 9.

Thanks very much for the beautiful centerpiece you made, Lisa.

    Above - The Draper home in Washington, D.C.Click here to read
    about the Drapers and the mansion on the goodreads site. You'll
    have to scroll almost halfway down the page to get to it.