This photo of the conveyor at the Hopedale Coal & Ice Company icehouse was taken by William H. Barney, c. 1900. More about Barney below.

Hopedale History
June 15, 2010
No. 158
Northrop, Kellogg and Barney

Hopedale in June  
Memorial Day    
Photos       Video on YouTube  

Hopedale High School graduation     Milford News article on graduation  

Here’s another
early sixties Hopedale Little League team picture.

For Sale – Oakledge. Looking at this site is almost as good as going inside Oakledge at 34 Adin Street. Those of you who were last in there when it was Adin Manor Nursing Home will be amazed to see how it looks now.

Historic and Archeological Resources of Central Massachusetts  

Here’s a site called that shows route signs all over Massachusetts. I found the link to it on Peter Metzke’s site about the Rollstone Boulder in Fitchburg. MassRoutes has pictures of Route 140 from Milford north to New Hampshire. It doesn’t have Route 16 yet, but there are a lot of other Massachusetts routes to see on it.

Hopedale band concert schedule:

June 23 - Infractions
June 30 - Blackstone Valley Community Concert Band
funded by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council
July 7 - Mahrud
July 14 - Drama
July 21 - Fantasy Big Band
July 28 - 8 Misbehavin'
Aug. 4 - B C and Company

The shows will be held every Wednesday night from 7 to 9pm with a rain date of Thursday evenings. Refreshments will be available at each show. The Hopedale concert series is sponsored by the Hopedale Cultural Council in cooperation with the Hopedale Parks Department.


Northrop, Kellogg and Barney

The following articles come from a time when I think it would be only a slight exaggeration to say that in Hopedale, everybody knew everybody.  James Northrop had left for California long before, but his name was still well known here.  Sam Kellogg and William Barney were certainly known to all. Kellogg’s name remained very familiar in town for decades after his death in 1943. I became aware of Barney while working on the Hopedale book that was published in 2003. Many of the photographs included in it were taken by him in the 1890s. The photo of the conveyor at the icehouse at the top of this page is one of his, also.

Death of Noted Inventor

James H. Northrop Developed Northrop Automatic Loom

James H. Northrop, noted inventor and for whom the celebrated Northrop loom of the Draper Corp. was named, died last night in his home in Santa Ana, Cal., where he had resided since 1898. Word of the death reached Hopedale by telegraph this morning. Mr. Northrop was a brother of the late Jonas and Joseph Northrop, who were also employed by the Draper concern many years ago.

Mr. Northrop in 1890 developed the battery and self-threading shuttle, which were the basic features of the automatic Northrop loom, which was sold for the first time four years later.

James H. Northrop was born in Keighley, Yorkshire, England, and early in life learned the trade of machinist. He came to this country in 1871 and landed in Boston with two shillings. From Boston he went to Woonsocket for a short while and afterward came to Hopedale, where he was located until removing to the west. Mr. Northrop had visited in Hopedale many times since retiring.

After retiring from active duty with the Draper firm, Mr. Northrop purchased a large fruit farm in Santa Ana. His wife, five daughters, two grandchildren and two great grandchildren survive.
Milford Daily News, December 13, 1940.

                                         W. H. Barney Of Hopedale 80 Years Old

William H. Barney, who attained his 80th birthday anniversary today has a achieved a record of unusual length of service as manager of the Hopedale Coal and Ice Co., having recently completed 51 years in that capacity. Mr. Barney came to Milford in 1882, where he was employed by the Milford Water Co., as superintendent, leaving in 1890 to assume his duties here.

Actively engaged in supervising the business through the years, Mr. Barney at present is directing his men in preparation for the annual ice harvest.

For the past two days the task of clearing the ice has been in progress and if fair, cold weather prevails, cutting will start this week

Mr. Barney enjoys good health and has maintained his cheerful smile and youthful appearance despite his years. He was the recipient of messages and gifts from his family and host of friends today. There will be no observance.
Milford Daily News, January 29, 1941.

                                                  Kellogg Honored In Hopedale

Samuel E. Kellogg, who has the distinction of holding the town offices of chief of police, chief of the fire department, street superintendent, constable, lockup keeper, forest fire warden, tree warden, and superintendent of gypsy moth extermination, was guest of honor at a turkey supper at the fire station Saturday evening in honor of his 75th birthday anniversary.

Chief Kellogg was presented with a table radio by the guests, including members of the police, fire and highway departments and intimate friends. After the supper and smoker Madison H. Goff showed several reels of excellent movies.
Milford Daily News, February 17, 1941.


Recent death:

Carlton G. Morgan, 94, Marietta, Georgia, June 2, 2010.

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