Merreiam-Webster's list of new
words in its dictionary for 1970.
Above - Sacred Heart Church
Below - The original Hopedale High School, which
became Sacred Heart Church in 1935. Click here to
go to more pictures and a history of the church.
Hopedale - January 2020
January ezine - Hopedale in 1920, Part 1
Hopedale in December 2019
Hopedale in January 2019
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there were lights blinking high up in the maple
in our front yard. I took the picture on the left
and above showing them. In the morning we
could see that it was a drone.. See below.
Below - Site on Elmwood Avenue where the
Italian Club was located. Click here for more
about it, and also about the Bright Oak Club.
Printed in the Hopedale High paper,
The Blue Flame, in the 1930s.
Back to the story of the drone. After spending five days
up in the tree, and being soaked by some rain, I'm not
sure it will ever fly again. Nevertheless, I had an idea
about getting it down, and wanted to see if I could. I have
some pieces of PVC tubing in 10-foot sections. I put two
together (different diameters) with the smaller one
about a foot into the larger one. I got up as far up as I
could on a step ladder, with DJ and the mailman, who
had just come by, making sure the ladder didn't go over.
I found it rather awkward trying to maneuver a 19-foot
pole while holding it as high overhead as I could, and
standing on the ladder, but after a few pokes it came
down. I'll get it back to the kid it belongs to.
and brought it to his house. His mother came to the
door, and told me it had been caught it a tree behind
their house once, and was up there for about a year. I
presume, in that case, the few days it spent in my tree
didn't do much harm. The next day the boy came to my
house to thank me for it
The corner of Hopedale and Freedom streets,
With the temperature on the weekend of January 11 and 12, being in the
low to mid-60s, all the walking trails in the area were very busy. This
picture shows the Blackstone Canal and towpath in Uxbridge. Although no
one can be seen in this picture, we were seldom out of sight of other
walkers. Other places we saw that were in use by large numbers of people
included the Hopedale Parklands, the Milford rail trails, the West Hill Dam
area, and the path from Hartford Avenue, Uxbridge to Lookout Rock.
Hopedale Pond - January 17
From a Boston Globe article about reusable coffee cups.
A skim of ice formed on the pond on January 18. That evening a few
inches of snow fell. The picture above was taken on January 19.
Two of Mendon's most prominent people, Police Chief
Matthew Mantoni, and Lowell's Dairy owner, Harold
Lowell, were murdered some decades ago. To read the
stories about these tragedies, click on the pictures.
Thanks to Don Howes, who posted this on Facebook.
Hopedale Pond, January 23.
I've known for a long time that during World War II, Draper produced
howitzers and a few other products for the war, but here are a couple
of items they made it the foundry that I hadn't known about. I saw them
when visiting Bob Anderson for more information about the 200+
Draper photos he passed on to me a few months ago. The grenade
doesn't have the typical hand grenade appearance, but Bob said that's
the way they came out of the foundry. He didn't know if more work was
done on them after that.
The picture above, from the Bancroft Library, is from a small photo showing houses and the
Draper plant along Hopedale Street, with the Hope Street bridge in the background. Those
of us who are less than 120 years old have no memory of it looking like that, with a vacant
section along the street. I'm thinking this picture might have been taken from the tower at
the fire station. The station was built in 1916. Here's a page with drawings that show the
expansion of the shop from 1890 to 1913. Looks like it was a busy day in the foundry.
Here's the footprint of the Draper plant in 1913, a few
years before the probable year the picture above was
taken. The "store house" was the only building that was
right at the edge of the west side of Hopedale Street at
that time. The Main Office had just been built.
At some point after the new Main Office (now Atria-Draper
Place) was built, the old one on the west side of
Hopedale Street was razed. The vacant area in the
picture above is probably where it had been.