The black and white photos above show the Draper South Shop, and its
    location after it was razed in 2001. The building with the tower was one of
    two Draper fire stations. The town fire station before the station on Dutcher
    Street was built, known as the hose house, was also in this location. The
    black and whites are from the National Register Nomination, which was
    written in 2001 to establish the Hopedale Village National Historic District.

Hopedale in June

More photos will be added during the month.

Ezine for June 1 -
Jones Road Projects   

Ezine for June 15 -
Milford Hospital   

Hopedale in June 2017

Hopedale in May 2018   

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    This picture is from 1980. It probably wasn't too many years
    later when newspaper delivery by kids began to end.

    Before Rico Calarese bought Patrick's he owned and operated this store
    on Mendon Street. Click here to see Now and Then - Patrick's and Rico's.

Yes, cold or hot, Spam hits the spot. Thank you, CeCe.

    Here I was trying to help you out with tonight's menu and up pops a
    Spam recall. Hope you don't mind having just the Lima beans tonight.

    Site of the first Rico's Food Center, a little
    east of Stone Furniture on Mendon Street.

Above - G&U train carrying looms.

Below - G&U train that carries wallboard.

    "The Kiss of Death!" above is from the Draper publication, Cotton Chats. It
    refers to the discovery that sucking the thread of the bobbin when inserting
    it into a shuttle was causing the spread of tuberculosis in textile mills.
    Since the Draper Northrop loom replaced the bobbin automatically, there
    was no need to suck the thread through the shuttle eye. If a mill owner had
    any concern about the health of his workers, Drapers would be happy to
    sell him their safer looms. If not, they could give him other reasons to buy
    them. To read more about the kiss of death, see an article on it on the
    Historic Ipswich site.

Lunch time at the intersection of Tammie and Gayle.

Upton Town Hall - Photo courtesy of American Antiquarian Society.

    Announcement from the Hopedale Cultural Council.

    The Greenleaf Garden Club of Milford is holding a standard flower show at Memorial Hall
    in Milford.

    Friday, June 8  3-8pm     Saturday, June 9    10am-4pm
    This show is supported in part by a grant from the Hopedale Cultural Council

    At the Hopedale Bancroft Memorial Library you can see an exhibit and sale of artwork of
    Hopedale resident and award winning watercolorist Raymond Andreotti.On display
    during library hours until June 9.

    Flag Day Ceremony with a special presentation June 14    6pm at the Little Red Shop.

Project at the wastewater treatment plant.

Hopedale High Graduation - June 2   More

Hopedale Pond - June 3

    When I was doing the Hopedale news for June 1968 for
    the June 1 ezine, I didn't get around to looking in the
    scrapbook with school news at the Bancroft Library.
    When I ran across it recently I decided that there was a
    lot going on in that month and I don't want to neglect you
    young folks (younger than me, anyway) from that time,
    so if you'd like to see some photos and names from the
    baseball championship, proms, elementary science
    fair, athletic honors, and graduation awards, click here.

    These chickens live just down the street from me. Not
    only did I get this picture when I was walking by there a
    few days ago; I also came home with some nice fresh
    eggs. Thanks very much, Chris and Scott.

    Here's another clipping that I missed. This one should
    have been with the March 1 ezine. Names and faces that
    will be familiar to a lot of you. Here's a page on Mary Perry.

Make way for ducklngs...on Freedom Street.

Worcester tornado - June 9, 1953.

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    I don't know his name, so I call him Mr. Upton. Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night
    keeps him from being the best dressed guy for miles around. Well, better than me, anyway.

    These geese need to work on their V-formation. I shouldn't
    be too critical, though. My penmanship isn't perfect either.

Below - The Grafton & Upton Railroad yard in Upton.

    Looking down Monument Avenue in Charlestown at the
    Bunker Hill Monument. Thanks for the picture, DJ.

Photo from Facebook.

    Yes,there really was an organization called the Junior Birdmen. These items are from a
    collection of Hopedale history material from Perry MacNevin. On the back of the charter is
    written that the name of the squadron was the Flaming Arrow Squadron. The director was Roy
    Hayward and meetings were held at the MacNevin home at 7 Union Street. I don't know how
    many of the members went on to become pilots, but I do know that Lawrence Barrett did. He
    served in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War..Douglas D'Orsay served in the Air
    Force for 24 years and was killed in Vietnam. Harry Allen became a medical doctor and a rear
    admiral in the Coast Guard. Robert McCulley was a Marine, and Raymond Stewart's name is
    also on the World War II honor roll. Perry MacNevin worked in the aircraft industry during the war.

    Click here to read about the Junior Birdmen.

    For those who've wondered who the Callahan Tunnel is named for,
    here's the answer. As you can see in the plaque, Lt. Callahan was
    killed about three weeks before VE Day. Thanks for the picture, DJ.

G&U Hopedale yard - June 26

    Above are a couple of views of Boston taken
    on the evening of the 26th by my son, DJ.