Hopedale Business Ads - 1907 - 8
A couple of comments and observations. The name Main Street was
perhaps left over from just over twenty years earlier when Hopedale was
still part of Milford. At some point since the time of the ad book, it was
changed to Mendon Street. (Route 16)
On the first page there's a list of boarding houses. The only one of the "big
three" that is there is the Hopedale House. It seems that in the years before
about 1930 or so, anyone who had a room to spare took in a boarder or two.
I think there were probably a lot more people with boarders than listed here.
Evidently only a few felt that it was worth being listed with the business ads
It's interesting to see C. F. Roper Co. listed as Freedom near Prospect.
Charles Roper's shop was on Northrop Street, pretty much directly behind
his house at 50 Freedom Street. When was the Northrop Street shop built?
At the time of this book, was his shop near or in his house? There's room
enough for a small shop east of the house, but I've never seen that there
was one there. One more thing to look into.
Until the present building was constructed, the post office was in the town
hall for many years. However, an 1870 map of Hopedale shows it where the
police station is now. The building that was on that site evidently once
served as the Home School of the Hopedale Community, and shortly after
the end of World War I became the American Legion home. I thought the
post office might still be there in 1907, but the address given for Dr.
Campbell is Hopedale (Street) next to P.O. bldg. Dr. Campbell's office and
home was next to the Town Hall. Actually, his house was where the present
post office is. Judging by that, it seems that at the time the directory was
published, P.O. block was another name for the Town Hall.
names (but no addresses) from the New England Business Directory
and Gazetteer, 1902. Many of the people you have listed are in it
but I can at least give you a few names for 1902.
Clergy--Ravi Vincent (Union church) and L.G. Wilson (Unitarian)
Coal and Wood-Hopedale Stable Co.
Confectionary/Fruit--W.N. Draper (your list included him for something
Physician--R.C. Fish as well as K Campbell that we all knew
Stable--John M. French & Son
Teacher--H.W.B. Arnold (high school, no specific subject listed)