April 15, 2012
Hopedale in April
Draper family reunion in Hopedale, 1999
A forgotten street and the unfortunate razing of what was, in 1958, the oldest house in Hopedale.
Carpenter Road and the Madden house.
Park programs, 1967. A fishing derby and a tennis tournament. Milford News photos and an article. If
you were a Hopedale kid at that time, you’ll see lots of familiar names and faces.
I’ve recently added Milford News clippings to the pages on Richard Griffin, Mort Dennett, Billy
Draper’s Store, the Draper duplexes, and the Police Department.
Twenty-five years ago – April 1987 – The Annual Town Meeting will be televised. This will be the first
live TV program to be presented by the local access group. On network TV – Simon and Simon,
The Cosby Show, Knot’s Landing, Cheers, Miami Vice, Golden Girls, Spencer for Hire, Dallas, Falcon
Crest. President Reagan challenges Moscow to establish a date this year for withdrawing troops
Fifty years ago – April 1962 – Uniforms have been ordered for high school band members for the
first time. The cost will be $3090 for sixty uniforms. Band members have gone door-to-door for
donations, and Draper Corporation has contributed $1000. Chairman Willard Taft presides over
Park Commission meeting. 400 expected at Protestant Youth Rally at Hopedale Unitarian
Church. Hollywood beds, $59, complete, at Stone’s Furniture, Milford. Robert Narducci has
been named manager of the All-State Orchestra.
Here are a few items from the Hopedale column in the weekly Milford Gazette from 100 years ago.
One thing that caught my attention as I was typing this at the Bancroft Library was the many events
that were held at the Town Hall. Also, as we’ve been hearing a lot about the 100th anniversary of the
sinking of the Titanic, I was surprised to find a Titanic-related story in Hopedale. There are various
other bits of trivia that leave no doubt when reading them that they aren’t from today’s paper.
April 5, 1912
E.L. Tinkham is soon to remove to Montana for his health.
The road commissioners have ordered a 10-ton road roller from the Buffalo-Pitts Company.
Harry Cronin, who has resigned his position with the Draper Co. to play ball with the New Bedford
league team, was presented with a suit case, a purse of money, and a baseball suit roll Friday
The Christian Endeavor society held a mock Harvard, Yale and Princeton meet, with numerous track
events in miniature Tuesday evening in the chapel. The affair was pronounced an unqualified
success by all present.
Fifteen were in the high school party which left for Washington Saturday afternoon. The concert in
Town Hall Friday evening, under the auspices of the school chorus, was largely attended and most
successful. The program included chorus singing, a cornet solo by John P. Manuel, violin selections
by Mrs. Tuttle, and readings by Frances Brown and Avis Rockwell.
An enjoyable private dancing party of 50 couples was held in Town Hall Saturday evening, under the
direction of B.H. Bristow Draper, Harry Lawrence, S. Fred Smith, John Caffy, Clarence Lapworth and
Charles Austin. McEnelly’s orchestra furnished the music and the hall was beautifully decorated with
flowers from ex-Governor Draper’s conservatory. Lilley & Mader of Milford served ices in the reception
room, which was arranged to represent a flower garden.
April 12, 1912
J. William Hall of Dartmouth college is at home for the Easter vacation.
Mrs. Harry Billings has entertained her mother from Worcester the past few days.
The fire department was called out about midnight Tuesday by a still alarm for a fire in Mrs. Sophia
Piper’s woodshed. The damage was slight.
Otis Lurvey was operated upon for appendicitis Tuesday evening at the Milford hospital by Dr.
Emerson of Worcester, assisted by Dr. K. A. Campbell.
At the Unitarian parsonage Sunday Rev. Lewis united in marriage Harold Smith and Miss Alice
Smith, both of this town. The couple were unattended.
Worcester parties have bought the old Draper Co. office building and are offering the material for
sale. The building must be removed before June 1 under forfeiture.
The annual ladies’ night of the Unitarian Men’s club was held last evening in Town Hall with a large
attendance. An enjoyable lecture on Alaska, splendidly illustrated, was given by Frederick Brooks of
A largely attended meeting of the Roundabout club was held Tuesday evening in Town Hall. Besides
musical numbers Mrs. Christabel Whitney Kidder of Somerville, whose readings from Kipling under
the auspices of the club gave such pleasure here previously, gave a delightful rendition of “The
April 19, 1912
The new road roller arrived in town Tuesday.
Mr. and Mrs. H.W. Bracken, Mrs. C.M. Day and Miss Anna Bancroft have returned from their visit to
The Union church has voted to pay the salary of a native preacher in India who will work under the
direction of Rev. James Perkins, well-known here.
The Draper Co. has announced that it will make its annual award of lawn prizes this year, $300 to
residents of the company houses in the village and $75 to the Brick village tenants.
Mrs. Susan Preston Draper and daughter Margaret, accompanied by O.H. Lane as secretary, were to
have sailed tomorrow on the ill-fated Titanic for two months in London and Paris.
The 70-horse power combination chemical and hose wagon of the LaFrance company of Boston
was brought here Monday afternoon for a demonstration by Joseph Webber, and the machine met
with an accident on the Upton road while a dozen or more firemen of this town and Milford were
riding on the machine. The driver was demonstrating the capacity of the machine for speed, when a
soft stretch of road was struck in turning out for a passing vehicle and the steering wheel broke,
causing the heavy machine to collide with a stone wall. Chiefs Kellogg and Crockett were somewhat
bruised and W.N. Draper sprained the ligaments of his right hand, which was also somewhat cut.
The other occupants of the machine escaped injury. The machine was drawn back to the town by
horses and was repaired. The town is not in the market for such a machine, but for an auto fire
pump, and such a piece of apparatus was successfully demonstrated here by the same concern