Hopedale History
    December 15, 2011
    No. 194
    Last Years Before Rockwell

    Hopedale in December   

    Christmas in early Hopedale   

    Hopedale map, c. 1890

    Fitzgerald Drive – I had thought that Fitzgerald Drive had been named for Frederick Fitzgerald, Draper
    Corporation head of research, who was killed in the 1960 plane crash at Logan, while leaving on a
    business trip. It turns out that that’s partly true, but not the whole story. Click here for more.

    When I sent No. 193 two weeks ago, it included links to several pages I had recently added to
    concerning World War I. Since then I’ve found more. The page on the celebration of the end of the war
    now includes a short article about the Honor Roll that was erected early in 1919, a list of all the Hopedale
    men who served in the war, and an article about the welcome home banquet. Click here to go to the
    page. I’ve also made additions to pages on Edward Burnham and Davis Gabry.

    A few years ago I posted a web page on Gilbert Thompson that some of you have probably read. His
    mother joined the Hopedale Community in 1851, and at some point after arriving here, Gilbert went to
    work in the Community print shop. He had quite a life, that among many other things included becoming
    the first American known to have used fingerprints for identification, and he was a founder of the National
    Geographic Society. Last week, while going through one of the scrapbooks at the Bancroft Library, I read
    the he had done a portrait of Adin Ballou in 1860. It turned out that the portrait was on the wall, less than
    ten feet from where I was sitting. You can see it at the bottom of the Thompson page.

    Aldrich General Store - Mendon   

    Recent deaths   

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                                                     Last Years Before Rockwell

    Below are headlines of Milford Daily News articles on Draper Corporation, taken from a scrapbook at the
    Bancroft Memorial Library. In some cases, just reading the headlines will raise more questions than
    answers, but nevertheless, I think it gives an idea of how things were at Drapers in the years before the
    Rockwell takeover. They generally indicate more ups than downs. If you'd like to read one or a few (not
    all, I hope) of the articles, let me know and I'll copy them and email them to you. If you're in the area, you
    can read them in the Trustees' Room at the library.

    Draper Shuttleless Loom Story in Business Week - Jan 15, 1959
    Draper's Northrop Loom at Smithsonian Institute - Jan 27, 1959
    Draper Corp. Production Increasing Report Shows - Feb 12, 1959
    Draper Shuttleless Loom Program Cost $6 Million Apr 9, 1959
    Draper Corp..Part in Textile Re-Birth Gets Wide Attention - June 26, 1959
    Draper Knitting Pact With Russia - July 16, 1959
    Draper Corp. Sales Up 22 Percent Over 1958 - Aug 11, 1959
    Draper Shuttleless Loom Big Attraction in Italy - Sept 20, 1959
    Draper Directors Will Meet in S.C. Thursday – Oct 27, 1959
    Draper Corporation Will Pay Yule Bonus – Nov 24, 1959
    Some Repair Parts to be Be Produced in South to Meet Competition – 1960
    Draper Corp. Plans to End Trash Collection – Jan 27, 1960
    33 Percent Increase in Draper Corp. Sales – Feb 24, 1960
    Draper Bids for New Product Recognition at Textile Show – May 21, 1960
    Draper Corp. Will Build New Branch Plant in So. Carolina – June 28, 1960
    Draper Sales in Sharp Upturn; Dividend Hiked – July 21, 1960
    4,000 Visit Draper Corporation Plant – Nov 23, 1960
    Extra Dividend Declared By Draper Corporation – November 28, 1960
    Draper Acquires Patent For Automatic Textile Machine – Feb 15, 1961
    Notable Increase in Draper Corporation Sales, Earnings – Feb 24, 1961
    Draper Corporation to Buy Rotary Garden Tiller Firm – April 4, 1961
    Draper Earnings Lower in March Quarter West Says – May 3, 1961
    Draper Corp. Acquires Pak-All Co. – Aug 9, 1961
    Draper Earnings Drop; Entry in Package Field Announced – Aug 10, 1961
    Draper Employees Reject Two Unions by Big Margin – Sept 28, 1961
    Draper Corp. Sales Up Two Percent Says West – Nov 21, 1961
    Draper Loom Production at High Level Says West – Nov 24, 1961
    Draper Corp. Sales, Earnings Up – May 1, 1962
    New Draper Corp Subsidiary Valuable Asset (Granite State Lawn Mowers) – June 28, 1962
    Draper Corp. Sales Climb, Loom Output at High Level – August 8, 1962
    Draper Corp Earnings Hit $2.7 Million, Up $800,000 – Nov 8, 1962
    Draper Corporation to Make 10,000 Lawn Mowers for Govt – Nov 9, 1962
    Draper Sales. Earnings At Ten-Year High – March 4, 1963
    Draper Corp Buys Conn. Companies (Heim and Universal Bearing) – April 1, 1963
    Draper Corporation Sales Higher for First Quarter – April 1963
    Draper Corp Buys Worcester Firm (Worcester Molded Plastics) – July 2, 1963
    Draper Sales Down, Net Income Increases – Aug 4, 1963
    Cash Payroll System Changed By Draper’s – Aug 30, 1963
    Draper Pension Is Expanded - $60 Maximum, Widow Benefits - Sept 12, 1963
    Draper Corp. Features Large Textile Exhibit in Germany – Sept 28, 1963
    Draper Sales, Income Steady, Earnings Drop – Nov 5, 1963
    1963 Draper Profit Near 1962 Level – Feb 19, 1964
    Drop in Exports Cuts ’63 Draper Corp Sales – Mar 4, 1964
    Draper Sends Loom Parts to South Vietnam – May 22, 1964
    $4-Million Foundry Annex Planned by Draper – May 27, 1964
    Swiss Firm Will Produce Draper Shuttleless Loom – Jun 1, 1964
    Draper Orders Continuing on High Level – August 11, 1964
    Maintenance Workers OK Union at Drapers – Oct 29, 1964
    Draper Sales Show Big Upward Trend – Nov 6, 1964
    Child Named Draper President – April 1, 1965
    Draper Corporation Earnings Show Rise – May 4, 1965
    Union in Crucial Draper Test –  Battle Looms as Company Advises Workers to Vote ‘No” – May 12, 1965
    Draper Continues Anti-Union Fight - May 14, 1965
    Union in All-Out Fight at Draper’s – May 15, 1965
    Production Workers Vote 728 to 615 for Union Representation – May 20, 1965
    Draper Rated Among Top Industrial Giants – July 9, 1965
    Draper Corporation Production Continuing at Record Level – Aug 7, 1965
    Two Year Draper Contract Approved – Sept 20, 1965
    Draper Sales, Income Still Climb for 1965 – Nov 4, 1965
    Draper Corp President Paints Optimistic Picture – Feb 26, 1966
    Sales Up 11% at Drapers – Feb 28, 1966
    Draper Sales at New High; Production Chief Problem – April 21, 1966
    Draper Corp Sales Up; Net Income Shows Drop – Aug 9, 1966
    3-Day Open House to Mark Draper 150th Anniversary – Sept 7, 1966
    (Anniversary of Ira Draper’s invention of the rotary temple in 1816.)
    12,000 Have Toured Draper Plant; Open House Ends Tonight – Sep 28, 1966
    (Included was a tour of the new West Foundry.)
    Draper to Make Looms for Foreign System of Weaving – Oct 19, 1966
    Draper Corp Explains Layoffs – Feb 9, 1967
    Big Firm Makes Bid to Control Draper’s – Rockwell-Standard Offers $30 Per Share – May 1, 1967

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    The Draper plant in Hopedale
    in the mid-twentieth century.