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50 Freedom Street - Charles Roper

    Prize speaking, for decades one of the main events of the Hopedale
    High school year, was held at the town hall. The hall on the second
    floor was also used for town meetings concerts, dances, plays,
    scout meetings, minstrel shows, and basketball games.

    The picture above is from a Yankee magazine article on Hopedale
    published in April 1982. As to the mention of Ballou's horse being
    buried with him, I'd say that's highly unlikely.

Hopedale in April 2018

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    Clippings above are from localtownpages -
    Hopedale, and Hopedale Senior News.

    Thanks for sending the picture, DJ. Playground in
    a Tenement Alley, 1909, by Lewis Hine. That was
    the year my parents were born.

    Below - A picture taken on Inman Street  just five
    years after the one above.

    Here's another picture of Inman Street. This one is looking toward
    Lower Jones Road. You people looking at this from Florida will enjoy
    seeing it. It was taken on April 6. It was all gone by the next morning.

    Hopedale Pond and Parklands, April 7. Click here
    for more pictures of the Parklands that day.

    When I get a package in the mail from my daughter, CeCe, it usually contains
    at least one unusual item. This time it was a book of French World War I era
    post cards. Cartes Postales D'un Soldat De 14-18.  A good opportunity to see
    how much I remember from high school French. "Le chien sanitaire..." Hmmm.

    Also in the box was The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan. It's an incredible
    account of one of the worst disasters ever in the U.S. - the Dust Bowl years.

    Recognize this? It's part of a boarded-up
    Draper window on the Hopedale Street side.

    The Council on Aging now has a van. See further
    up on this page for more information on it.

    This site gets hits from foreign countries daily. The most common
    page viewed is the one on Sylvester Roper. When it comes with a
    referrer URL as long as the one above, it's always from Russia.
    That one was for the page on the Harrison Block.

    Friday, the 13th was Community Reading Day. I went to Memorial School and read
    President Taft is Stuck in the Bath to Mrs. Castiglione's very attentive third grade. When I
    picked up the book on Thursday, I was happy to see that they gave me a story where I
    could make a bit of a Hopedale connection to tell the kids about. Out of 45 presidents,
    there was only one who stayed overnight in Hopedale - William Howard Taft. Here's the
    story about that.

    I thought some of you would find this info interesting. It's from the May issue of Consumer Reports.

    Thanks to Andrea and Skip MacDonald for this picture from 1967-68, and to my
    neighbor Manny for bringing it here. Click on the picture for a larger version of it.