December 1, 2005
Hopedale History
No. 49
Local News, 1887

Hester Chilson, who observed her 100th birthday in September, died the day before Thanksgiving. When I last saw her, on the afternoon of her birthday, she was in her usual good spirits and had enjoyed the visits of numerous friends and relatives that day. She always enjoyed talking about the “old days” in Hopedale. She must have been the last person who could remember being at the dedication of the General Draper statue in 1912.
Click here to read some of her memories.

A History of the Green Store, written by Virginia Cyr, has been added to the website.

Here’s a little local news for those of you who no longer live in the area. The Hopedale High girls’ soccer team bounced back from their one win season last year, to take the Massachusetts Division 3 championship when they defeated Hamilton-Wenham on November 19. On the same day, the boys’ cross-country team took the Division 2 state championship with a win at the Franklin Park course in Boston. Hopedale runner Thompson Ogilvie won the race, and the team finished well ahead of second place Wellesley and third place Hanover. In another November 19 game of local interest, the Nipmuc girls’ soccer team became the state Division 2 champs with a 5 – 1 win over Dedham.

Among the items Mike Cyr gave us from his mother’s collection of Hopedale material, were several pages from the Milford Gazette, 1887. The local news columns in old papers often give a fascinating look at another era.

Local News
                                          The [Milford] Gazette
May 6, 1887


One of John French’s horses became rather stubborn Tuesday afternoon, but after somewhat damaging two carriages decided to remain quiet.

Edith and Clare Draper have recovered from scarlet fever and Miss Edith will resume her attendance at school Monday.

Milford water is being introduced into the house owned by Mrs. N.F. Lewers..

A May dance will be held at Society Hall next Tuesday evening. Music will be furnished by the Hopedale orchestra.

A cock fight took place near the old saw mill at the north end last Sunday with more than 100 attendants from the surrounding towns. Sheriff Bacon was in pursuit, but missed the place of meeting. It is hoped he will be more successful next time.

Fred Wheeler is the father of a son born Sunday. (None of the births listed in any of the local news stories mentioned the mother. Evidently, in that era, they weren’t allowed to be present when the baby was born.)


Would the three young men who made themselves nuisances by ringing door-bells, cracking window glass, and displacing property in Crimpville Tuesday evening, like to see their names in print? They were recognized and a second offense will not pass unnoticed. Their gift shows what manner of men they are.

Horatio Thayer had a fall Wednesday which proved to be not as dangerous as was at first feared.

North Bellingham
Louis St. George, having put all his available land into oats, is being badly troubled with his neighbors’ hens, and his remarks, whether in French or English, are anything but complimentary. Shoot ‘em.

Elmer Adams is quite sick with quinsy sore throat.

Tomorrow afternoon the children’s temperance band will meet at the Methodist church at 3 o’clock.

“Pink eye” is still prevalent in town, attacking all persons indiscriminately. It is now going the rounds of the straw factory at West Upton.

Mrs. Pickering and Mrs. Bradish are to paint their house and barn, using Ingerpoll liquid paint made by the Patron’s Paint works of New York, of which A.F. Greene is agent.

Milford Matters

The Wild West show entertainments which have been held nightly this week in Washington Hall, and which will be continued through next week, are attracting large audiences. The entertainments are free to all and are held for the purpose of advertising Dr. Solomon’s medicines which are on sale during the evening.

The shipment of boots and shoes for the week ending yesterday was 1750 cases; straw goods, 467 cases; flour receipts, 202 barrels.

Julia Marlowe and company played Ingomar to a thin house at Music Hall last night. The play was well rendered and deserved a better audience. Various other attractions doubtless was one cause of the small audience.

Two ball nines have been formed in the high school. The side making the best average playing ball and also in the written examinations will be presented with a bat and ball by the principal.

The mass temperance meeting in the Town Hall was not very fully attended but those present enjoyed a rare treat. Rev. Hugh Montgomery of Worcester was the speaker and was introduced by Rev. A. J. Hall. The speaker summed up the No-license votes in the country and showed that if constitutional prohibition were to be voted on, it would be obtained by a large majority. He then went on to show how the people of the town can aid in driving out rum and it is to be earnestly hoped that every one will profit by the plain, straight-forward talk of Mr. Montgomery.

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