William B. Gannett. Nancy was a Trustee Emeritus at Milford Regional Medical Center, and served as both President and Vice
President of the Ladies Auxiliary. She was Chairman of the Red Cross Blood Program in Hopedale for over 20 years and the
Treasurer of the Hopedale Womens Club for 19 years. Nancy was an elected member of the Hopedale School Committee for 9 years
and served as Chair for 3 years. She was a longtime active member of the Hopedale Unitarian Parish and was a member of the
churchs Ladies Alliance. She was also an avid sports fan, champion golfer, and loved to travel. She was born in Lacrosse, WI, May
28, 1928 the daughter of the late Robert A. and Leona (Yerly) Farnam and was a graduate of Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY
Class of 1949. As an active member of Vassar College Alumni, she was Class Fund Chairman for the class of 1949; she was on the
Vassar Club Scholarship Committee for 10 years, the Chairman Prospective Students Committee for 3 years, and a Boston Vassar
Club Board Member for 6 years. In addition to her husband William of 64 years, she is survived by two sons, W. Bristow Gannett, Jr.
and his lifetime partner Sam Jeffries, III of Missouri City, TX, and Robert F. and his wife Suzan M. Gannett of Thornton, NH; one
daughter, Mary and her husband Donald E. Crowell of Meredith, NH; four grandchildren, Jessie and her husband Cris Heath of
Chichester, NH, Eben and his wife Angie Gannett of Thornton, NH, Nancy Crowell and Dorothy Crowell both of Meredith, NH; one
great grandchild, Kayley M. Gannett and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a son George D. Gannett, a daughter
Nancy Gannett and her sister Frances Farnam. A memorial service will be Sat., November 23, 2013 at 11 AM in the Hopedale
Unitarian Parish, 65 Hopedale Street, Hopedale, MA. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Milford Regional Medical
Center, c/o Dev. Office, 14 Prospect St., Milford, MA 01757 or Vassar Student Association, 124 Raymond Ave., Box 727, Poughkeepsie,
NY 12604. Arrangements under the direction of Buma-Sargeant Funeral Home, Milford.- Milford Daily News on Oct. 9, 2013
Eben and Nannie Draper Milford Hospital
Mausoleums and stones at Hopedale Village Cemetery
Benjamin Helm Bristow Draper Menu HOME
The items above, except for the newspaper clippings and Bill's photo, are from
Draper, Preston and Allied Family Histories, issued Under the Editorial
Supervision of Ruth Lawrence, National Americana Publications, Inc, New York,
1954. It can be seen at the Bancroft Memorial Library, Hopedale, Massachusetts.
Above and below from the Geni.com website.
The name, Bristow, has been in Hopedale since 1883. That's the year when Eben Sumner Draper and
Nannie Bristow were married. Nannie's father was named Benjamin Helm Bristow. Eben and Nannie's
son, Benjamin Helm Bristow Draper, was born in 1883 and died in 1944. His son, Benjamin "Ben" Helm
Bristow Draper, Jr. was born in 1908 and died in 1957. (Evidently Ben had moved out of town sometime in
1953. That's the last year that his name is in the street listing books.) William "Bill" Bristow Gannett, son of
Dorothy Draper Gannett Hamlen, and grandson of Eben and Nannie, was born in 1923. Bill didn't grow up
in Hopedale, but he and his wife Nancy moved to Hopedale in 1949, and he is still here as I write this in
According to the Hopedale street listing books, prior to 1949 John Gannett lived in Dedham and Bill was in
Wayland. In 1949, they were both living at 116 Adin Street. John was assistant purchasing agent and Bill
was listed as a trainee. In 1950 Bill's occupation was given as assistant personnel and he was living at 9
Park Street. In 1952 he moved to 5 Lower Jones Road. The 1954 book shows him at 7 Park Street and in
the sales department. Later Bill and Nancy moved to 36 Adin Street, and a few years after that they bought
the house at 144 Freedom Street that had originally been the home of Draper president Tom West.
According to the Hopedale street listing books, in 1948, Bill Gannett was living in Wayland. In 1949,
he was at 116 Adin Street. He and Nancy were married in July of that year. They were at 9 Park
Street in 1950 and 1951, and at 5 Lower Jones Road in 1952. In 1954 and 1955 they were at 5 Park
Street. In 1956 they were living at 36 Adin Street. By 1969 they were at 144 Freedom Street.
John Gannett was in Dedham in 1948, and like Bill moved to 116 Adin Street in 1949. Later he was
living at 66 Adin Street. His job was listed as assistant purchasing agent.
WEST, Dorothy Gannett (Macy) 95, of Westwood died peacefully in the presence of her family on March 2,
2016. Her patriotism, loyalty to tradition and values, as well as her deep commitment to and love for 4
generations of existing family members has made her a proud member of "the greatest generation." Born in
Boston in 1921, she was the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Brattle Gannett. She was predeceased
by her daughter, Charlotte Macy Savory, and by her brothers, Thomas B. Gannett, John D. Gannett and
Robert T. Gannett. She leaves behind her loving husband, Thomas H. West; her daughters, Dorothy Damon
and Louise Sylvester; her sons, Thomas Macy and Christopher West; step-sons, Thomas H. West, Jr. and
Richmond West; also her younger brother, William B. Gannett. She loved her 14 grandchildren and felt
blessed to have met 15 great grandchildren ages 3 months to 12 years old. A private family celebration of
Dorothy's life will be held in the spring. In lieu of flowers you may kindly contribute to a charity of choice .
Hopedale: Gannett family auctions antiques, heirlooms
Posted Jul. 7, 2016 at 10:20 PM
Updated at 6:39 PM
HOPEDALE — A 1940 Lincoln Zephyr Continental convertible, a rare Frederic Remington oil painting and an
ornate, American northwest dancing blanket were among thousands of heirlooms and items once owned
by the Gannett and Draper families.
But now these antiques have parted ways with the Gannetts' longtime Hopedale estate after the family put
them on the auction block Friday, drawing nearly 100 bidders to the Freedom Street property in hopes of
securing a piece of local history.
According to auction director Dan Meader, of Amesbury-based John McInnis Auctioneers, hundreds of lots,
or collections, were for sale, including everything from valuable artifacts such as Colonial-era paintings to
old photo albums and vinyl records.
All items were the contents of the home of William Gannett, the grandson of Eben Draper, who served as
the governor of Massachusetts from 1909 to 1911 and president of textile machinery giant, the Draper Corp.
William Gannett lived on the estate with his wife Nancy, according to Meader, who said the family put items
to auction after William Gannett's health declined and he could no longer stay in his home.
“All the kids have their own homes, their own things, and they took a lot of things that meant a lot to them,”
Meader said, “and then there were a lot of things that were left.”
The public was welcomed to look around the home on Friday morning. Perusers could find fine china,
antique evening dresses, furniture and more scattered about the residence and on its lawn.
Meader said the fact that many of the objects span generations while remaining in a single family made the
“This family goes way, way back in American history,” he said. “So when you figure the complexity through
the decades of how these things still remain in the family, that’s exciting for us.”
Caroline Savory, the great niece of William Gannett, said she didn’t spend much time at the home before the
auction, but she works in appraisals and auctions and was able to assist in organizing the event.
“I love to see the excitement generated around all the pieces,” she said. “It’s a good feeling.”
Some of that interest came at different levels for different bidders.
Suzan Ciaramicoli, the volunteer curator of the Little Red Shop Museum, said she was there to find new
additions to the museum’s archives. Of particular interest was a collection of Draper family photographs
and scrapbooks, Ciaramicoli said, although she was outbid by a representative from the Hopedale
She said the museum would still have access to the artifacts.
“The key is that it’s staying in Hopedale,” she said.
Many eyes ogled the convertible Lincoln Zephyr, which sold for around $45,600, according to Meader.
William Gannett was a car collector and in the 1980s, purchased and restored the vehicle, which has
43,390 original miles, Meader said.
“I think he had six antique cars at one time and this one he saved and nurtured the most,” he said. “He didn’t
want to part from this one.”
A rare Chilkat dancing blanket from Alaska that Eben Draper purchased there in 1914 sold for $38,400,
Meader said. It had been wrapped up and stored away since 1956, he said.
Attending the auction, Dana Kingsbury of Holliston said he had family who once worked for the Drapers.
During the auction, he stood outside the home and marveled at its copper gutters and large bushes. To
even be on the property and walk around was a special experience, he said.
“This is just a rare, rare situation,” Kingsbury said. Milford Daily News, July 8, 2016
The Bill and Nancy Gannett home, 144 Freedom Street, Hopedale