October 15, 2006
    Hopedale History
    No. 70
    1935

    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.

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                                                                    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.

    Roundabout Club
    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.

    Recent deaths:

    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.