November 1, 2004
I’m sending this out a couple of days early because of an event some of you may be interested in
attending. On Saturday, October 30 at 2 PM, there will be a program at the Bancroft Library to celebrate
the 100th anniversary of the donation of the Statue of Hope to the town. To prevent the statue from
deteriorating like it had before the restoration job a few years ago, the library trustees have hired Louse
Freedman, who was in charge of the job, to do an annual cleaning. This year Louise brought her
husband who spent much of the day working on the fountain’s plumbing and getting it working. The
plan is to have it operating on Saturday. As far as we have been able to find out, it has been over eighty
years since the last time the water flowed there.
The Family Feud
Draper Feud Carried on in Business War
Son of Late General Erects Plant to Compete with Late Governor’s Son
The feud between the late Governor Eben S. Draper and his brother, the late General William F. Draper,
former congressman and ambassador to the court of Italy, has been revived and carried on by the
By the latest development of the case, the town of Milford enjoys a retaliation for the separation of the
town of Hopedale some two score years ago.
The present war is being waged between Clare, the son of General Draper, and B. H. Bristow Draper,
son of the late chief executive, the latter being identified with his remaining uncle, George Albert, in the
original plant of the Draper company, regarded as the largest manufacturer of cotton mill machinery in
After competing in a small way through the operation of the Hopedale Manufacturing Company for
several years, Clare has finally decided to wage active war and is erecting a large plant in Milford, just
across the line from Hopedale where products directly competing with the Draper company’s output
will be manufactured.
Milford businessmen, spurred on by the opportunity to equalize matters with their smaller rival town as
well as by the increased industry made possible by the acquisition of a factory employing 200 skilled
workmen, raised about $32,000 for the purchase of the lot on which the factory will be erected.
This lot is situated at the end of Mechanic street in Milford and is convenient to freight and express
facilities. Construction work has already started, and it is expected that occupancy will be effected early
The Hopedale Manufacturing Company, of which Clare Draper is treasurer, and two former employees
of the Draper Company, Jonas Northrop and F. C. Norcross are president and secretary, respectively,
has manufactured automatic attachments for looms since its organization several years ago by
General Draper, after he had been ousted from active control of the company while in Europe.
Recently, several important patents have been granted to the Hopedale Company, while other patents
formerly controlled by the Draper Company have expired and machinery based on their specifications
will also be manufactured by the Hopedale Company. The new plant will specialize particularly on
automatic attachments converting present types to the automatic variety, while appliances built on
similar specifications to the product of the Draper Company will be offered in the market side by side
with those of the parent firm.
Political matters were the original cause of the rupture between the two brothers, which became so
acrid that when General Draper died at Washington and was buried in Hopedale, his brother, then
Governor of Massachusetts, was refused admission to either the beautiful Washington home or the
funeral services of the dead veteran and diplomat.
While the general was representing his government at the Italian Court, where it was said that the
jewels worn by his wife outshone those of the Queen, he was voted out of the presidency of the Draper
Company by the directors, although retaining his stock in the company. Upon his return, he formed the
Hopedale Manufacturing Company, manufacturing products upon which he personally controlled the
Later his brother sought political preferment and was elected Lieutenant-Governor, and later Governor,
of the Commonwealth. Despite their high standing in Republican party circles, the brothers never
consulted each other and remained aloof. This acrimony was carried to the death of the elder brother.
Neither the name of the paper nor the date were on the clipping. Ads on the opposite side suggest it
was probably a Boston paper. The second paragraph mentions the separation from Milford “two score
years ago.” That would make it 1926. For more on the feud, go to
This article was copied as written in the paper. Capitalization rules have changed over the years, as
seen with “Republican party” and “Mechanic street.”
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