them, and then jump from one to another to another. There were a good many of them, but they were only about a foot
apart, so it wasn't much of a challenge and it would be more accurate to say we stepped from one to the next than to say
we jumped. In addition to the garages off of Prospect Street, there were others at the end of Jones Road, between Park
Street and the intersection of Inman and Beech, Inman and Lower Jones, off of Hill Street, on Cemetery Street and on the
west side of Bancroft Park. There may have been others I'm forgetting. (The brick garages of Lake Street and Lower Jones
came later than the wooden ones; or probably replaced the wooden ones, in the early fifties.) The following story on the
garages was taken from a newspaper article. I don't have the name of the paper or a date, but it was when you could buy a
new Plymouth, the full sized, four-door model, for $695, according to an ad on the same page. It doesn't appear to have
been the Milford News.
The pretty homes of the workers of the Draper Corporation are not disfigured by unsightly garages, nor are the backyards
of the town littered with a lot of junk and abandoned flivvers. The motorists of Hopedale enjoy the advantages of
"communistic garaging," which not only means much from an aesthetic point of view to the town in general, but serves to
minimize the fire hazard. At strategic spots throughout the town large areas of land are set off and dedicated solely to
garages. These spots are usually hidden from the roadway, and approached through lanes and paths lined with trees
and shrubbery. In a clearing will be found the garages, all neatly arranged, Each man must build his own garage,
conforming to plans laid down by the Draper Corporation. If the garage owner decides to clear out for another town, he is
allowed to demolish his garage and take the pieces with him. (I think they were built of "shop wood," which included
packing boxes and other wood, available free or at very little cost at the Draper shop.) He may sell his garage - not the
land, though, for that belongs to the Drapers.
Here's a story Carol Whyte told me recently. Frannie Fogan, who grew up on Inman Street in the fifties, entered a contest
and won a horse. Having no other place to keep it, her family asked for and received permission from the Draper official in
charge of such things, to keep the horse in their garage. It was one of the group between Park and Inman. A bit of the
nearby woods was cleared and the garage was moved onto it. I don't know how long the horse lived, but it seems to me
that the stable/garage was still there in the seventies.
towns since leaving Hopedale and have never again encountered anything like those communal garages. We lived on
Prospect Street and Dad had one of the garages back there, but not one of the ones in the photos. Cannot believe that
after all these years, I recognized the Prospect Street garages (relics as they were) on first sight, before reading the
caption. One of them, the brown double, was close to Mr. Drisko’s house. He was a history teacher and cross country
coach. Thanks for sharing all year long.
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Prospect Street garages in foreground.
The picture below was taken where Inman Street meets Beech
Street. The ones above were behind Prospect Street.