Hopedale History
    May 15, 2012
    No. 204
    Hopedale Center Facelift

    Hopedale in May   

    Project Star Hopedale is a town-wide effort to support our troops in Afghanistan with a collection of
    snacks and sundries. Click here for more information.

    Hopedale war veterans   

    At the Mendon Town Meeting of 1773, a set of nineteen resolutions was written by Joseph Dorr and
    approved by vote of the town meeting members. Beginning with, “That all men have naturally an
    Equal Right to Life, Liberty and Property,” and continuing with, “That all just and lawful Government
    must necessarily originate in the free Consent of the People,” they sound amazingly similar to the
    Declaration of Independence, written three years later. Here’s an article about Dorr and the resolves,
    written by Dick Grady.

    During the 1960s and 1970s, Dave Meade was a member of several rock bands of this area.
    Recently he’s been writing his memories of those days. Here’s what he’s done so far.

    Franklin Historical Museum

    Recent deaths   

    Twenty-five years ago – May 1987 – Hopedale Memorial Day Parade Will Begin with Dedication of
    New Street to Honor John Steel     Gasoline Inches Past $1 Mark, Oil Going for $18 per Barrel     28
    Killed in Iraq Attack on USS Stark   

    Fifty years ago – May 1962 – Architectural Firms Meet with Hopedale Housing Authority to Plan
    Housing Units     Jake Grady’s Hitting Leads Hopedale Nine to 12 – 1 Win over Nipmuc     4-Hour
    Sale at Atlas Shoppers’ World, L.P. Records $1.01, Columbia Bicycles $17.61, Seamless Nylons 18
    cents     Waldo Banks of Hopedale Gets Patent for Fishing Lure     Scott Carpenter, America’s Second
    Astronaut to Orbit Earth Lands Safely   

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                                 Another Facelift Due For Hopedale Center

                                                                             By Virginia Cyr

    A new “For Sale” sign has appeared in the center of town and it is posted on the side of the building
    which houses Hopedale Pharmacy. George Mongiat of Dutcher Street owns the business and
    building which contains apartments on the upper levels. The newest offering to the real estate market
    is the latest evidence that another impending change may be in the offing for the town’s center. The
    structure has withstood numerous changes which have gone on around it in the past quarter of a
    century.

    At one time, it was adjoined by a wooden building which housed Henry Patrick’s grocery business,
    which was later operated by Americo Calarese. This building “bit the dust” when the Calarese family
    built a new and modern grocery on property next to it.

    And now this newer building has changed from Rico’s Super Market to Rico’s Discount Liquors and
    now to a professional office condominium complex. Extensive renovations to the market building
    have given it a totally new look; a look so total that it is difficult to picture in one’s mind what the former
    building looked like.

    Another change which the “drug store” building has withstood is the removal of the Walter H. Tillotson
    Post, American Legion Home which stood on the other side. The home was moved in late summer to
    the Mallard property on Depot Street to give way to the construction of more professional office
    condominiums. The property where he Legion home was located is now owned by Arthur C. Young of
    Park Street. Young, who is an accountant, now utilizes office space in Town Hall in an area which was
    formerly used by the Police Department. (It’s now the Friends of Elders Shop.) A large sign has been
    posted at the front of Young’s property which indicates that it is the site of office condominiums which
    will be constructed in the near future. (It’s now the Police Station.)

    A little further up Hopedale Street, but still considered part of the center, the building which houses a
    barber shop also displays a “For Sale” sign. The building was formerly owned by Nell and Chick
    DiCicco who operated a beauty parlor and barber shop there. The DiCiccos sold it and moved to the
    Cape. It was then owned by Frederick Loeper who sold it to Dr. Edward M. Ruscitti who has most
    recently become an occupant of the Calarese condominium complex.

    The changes appeared to begin with the sale of Draper Corporation property to Rockwell
    International. The town which was noted for its beauty and stability throughout the area underwent
    significant changes from that time on. The most difficult of all changes for long-time residents to get
    used to was the loss of the loom manufacturing business and the resulting “sound of silence” which
    is experienced as the pass by the once busy and noisy structure which covers a large area of the
    Hopedale-Freedom street section of town. Milford Daily News, February 23, 1983.

                 Now and Then, Hopedale Center                       Now and Then, Depot Street    

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