October 15, 2006
I have a little addition to last month’s story about the boarding houses. It’s a Milford News article about
the demolition of the Brae Burn Inn.
Pictures of the lower end of Hopedale Pond in mid-October.
In the News - 1935
Here are a few Hopedale stories from the Milford Daily News, 1935. They, as much as the big stories
of the era, show that it was a very different time from 2006. It’s been a long time since trains carried
10,000 tons of pig iron into Hopedale, a capacity crowd filled the Town Hall to see a play, or members
of a club met in living rooms to discuss international affairs. Read on to see what was going on in
Hopedale seventy-one years ago.
Firemen to Protect Hopedale All Night
July 3 – Members of the fire department will remain at the station on all-night duty tonight. There will
also be special police officers on patrol throughout the town. Following the usual custom, a clam
chowder supper will be served at the fire station at midnight and police officers, on duty, will be
guests. In addition to the chowder, the menu will consist of doughnuts, cheese and coffee.
Quiet Fourth in Hopedale
July 5 – The night before the Fourth was made realistic with plenty of powder from giant crackers and
there was a bonfire in the Hill Street section, which ignited some grass, for which the fire department
was called out. Otherwise it was a quiet holiday. Several families had joint fireworks displays last
night, among them being the Warren W. Dutchers and Irvin G. Ammen.
Boys are Carried to Health Camp
July 6 – Transportation was furnished Friday by the Community Service department of the Woman’s
Club, to the four local boys and one Mendon boy, who are receiving a month’s vacation at Sterling
Health camp. The boys were accompanied by a nurse and the cars used were those of Mrs. Frank J.
Dutcher and Mrs. Aubrey C. Lewis. The nine pairs of pajamas, made by the members of the Ladies’
Aid of Union Church, have been sent to the camp by Mrs. J. Newton Nutter, Seal chairman.
Water Exhibition At Hopedale Goes Over With Splash
August 15 – One hundred and sixty-four children participated in the annual swimming exhibition and
contest at the Hopedale bathhouse yesterday. The events climaxed the busiest season the bathing
beach has ever had. F. Carlton Miner was in charge of the program and everything went over
smoothly. The beach and banks of the pond were thronged with spectators.
Draper Corp. Gives Biggest Pig Iron Order for Year
September 17 – The Draper Corp. last week made one of the biggest purchases of pig iron in recent
years when it bought between 5,000 and 10,000 tons. It was said no particular increase in business
prompted the investment in pig iron but that the officials of the corporation considered the present
time offered an inducement for the buy.
To Flag Train at Hopedale Crossing
November 21 – Trains crossing Mendon Street near Patrick’s Corner in Hopedale, will come to a stop
when approaching the roadway and the crew will flag motorists while crossing, according to a
communication sent to Sen. P. Eugene Casey.
“Skidding” Is Big Success
November 27 – “Skidding,” a three-act comedy presented by the Community Players in Town Hall last
night, was well received by a capacity audience. Replete with wholesome comedy and a bit of the
dramatic for balance, the lines were cleverly handled by the characters. Miss Farrington, as the
mother and Mortimer Dennett as father, turned in some excellent bits of acting. The leads were taken
by Miss Scott and Mr. Snodgrass, who proved capable. Eben Lapworth, as the son and heir, provided
plenty of comedy by his natural characteristics.
December 2 – The Roundabout Club will meet tonight at the home of Principal and Mrs. Winburn A.
Dennett. The topic will be the Italo-Ethiopian Situation, papers dealing with the response of the
various European nations being presented as follows: Britain, G. Howard Sears, France, Mrs. Carroll
H. Drown, Germany, Shirley E. Holmes.
Lucy C. (Ostroski) (Bozzini) Farrar, 99, October 2, 2006, Milford.
Bernadette F. Sooley, 63, October 4, 2006. HHS 1962.
Maureen M. (Cooley) Ambrogi, 57, October 7, 2006.
Constance A. (Mathiew) Mancini, 71, October 9, 2006.
Eleanor F. (Hughes) Berry Smith, 86, October 12, 2006.