Hopedale Business Ads - 1869

    These ads came from the Miford business directory for 1869. Thanks to Giancarlo BonTempo for
    sending them. There are a few things that are new to me in them. I'd known about Almon
    Thwing's mill, just a little downstream from the bridge at the end of Thwing Street, but I didn't
    know about the Chapman and Davenport business and mill that was on the same site later. The
    two manufacturers and importers of needles is quite a surprise. The Smith business sounds
    like it would belong on the coast, not here. The Gibson grocery business is also one I hadn't run
    into before.

    For a while I was thinking that the George Draper who was the postmaster (see bottom of H. O.
    Givson ad) may not have been one of the Draper Company Drapers. In addition to several
    Georges in the company family, there were two other Draper families in Hopedale, including at
    least two by the name of George. However, I don't think those others were in this area as early as
    1869. Also, it's pretty certain that the building that housed the post office was owned by the
    George Draper of company fame. The Geo. Draper & Son ad must be for the company Drapers.
    The company name changed from E.D. and G. Draper Company to George Draper & Son in
    1868 when William F. Draper bought out his uncle's share of the company.

    Based on an old map, Gibson's grocery and the post office may have been in what had been the
    Home School, later the American Legion home, and now the site of the police station. (Click here
    to see it on an 1870 map of Hopedale. Look for "Store & P.O. just off the upper left corner of the
    Unitarian Church block.)

    Here's some information on synoptical needles, sent by Peter Metzke: Synoptical needle cases
    normally have a removable top, are flat and made of cardboard, once the top is removed they
    reveal a size chart so that you can choose which size needle you may require for darning.
    Most contained size 6 to size 10 needle, although one could order size 6 and under in separate
    packets, due to their small size the synoptical cases were not made for them. Under the size
    chart a small pocket was made in the case to store the different sizes under the size shown and
    also for repositioning a needle after use.

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    An ad for the Westcott Mill, from a business
    directory for 1878, sent by Peter Metzke. Click on
    the ad for more about the mill and Spindleville.