Hopedale schools in 1909 - top, Hopedale High
School, second, Chapel Street School, third, Dutcher
Street School, fourth, South Hopedale School.
March 1, 2013
School Superintendent's Report, 1909
Hopedale in February
While working at Drapers in the fifties, Russ Pennington’s father drew some cartoons showing
various activities involving the guys in his department. Russ sent them to me a few days ago. Here
Firemen’s muster – 1986 I’ve put about forty Hopedale slide shows and movies on YouTube. Most of
them have had fewer than 500 hits. There must be links to the fireman’s muster and parade on sites
having to do with fire fighting. It’s had more than 22,000 hits.
James Northrop – principal inventor of the Northop loom.
Gordon Hopper's 1974 article on the G&U Railroad. Thanks to Paul Butcher for sending it. Here’s
more of Paul’s G&U clippings collection on SkyDrive.
Friends of Adin Ballou 2012 lecture on YouTube – Abolitionism in Hopedale
Textrin Themes – They might be called the Cotton Chats of the Hopedale Manufacturing Company. It
was written by George Otis Draper, who, before the Draper family feud and the establishment of the
HMC, had been the editor of Cotton Chats, the Draper Company monthly.
Perambulating the bounds
What’s this gizmo?
Julius Firmin – Growing up in Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire
I’ve made additions during the past two weeks to Hopedale Pharmacy Little League teams, 1950s.
Ezine Menu Draper Gym
Twenty-five years ago – March 1988 – George H. W. Bush defeats Robert Dole in numerous
primaries on Super Tuesday.
Jesse Jackson becomes temporary Democratic presidential front-runner when he defeats Michael
Dukakis in Michigan caucuses.
Iraqi forces in Kurdistan kill and injure thousands in gas attack.
Fifty years ago – March 1963 - Wesley Burton named fund chairman of Hopedale Combined
Charities. General chairman is James Ronan. Other officers include Robert Metcalf, Charles
Mongeon, John McKeon and Mrs. John Coniaris.
C. Victor Pepper defeats Zeny Dec in selectman contest. Nancy Gannett retains seat on school
Lee Harvey Oswald, using the name of "A. Hidell", mailed a money order in the amount of $21.45 to
Klein's Sporting Goods of Chicago, along with a coupon clipped from the February 1963 issue of
American Rifleman magazine, to purchase a rifle that would be used eight months later to kill
President John F. Kennedy
Ernesto Miranda arrested on rape charge. Case results in the 1966 Supreme Court Miranda “right to
remain silent” decision. (Miranda was retried and convicted. He was paroled in 1972 and stabbed to
death in 1976.)
Report of the School Superintendent, 1909
The loss of good teachers is always regrettable, but certain to occur when Cupid or higher salaries
bid for favor. At the end of the school year, four efficient and highly regarded teachers resigned for one
or the other of these reasons.
Many of our pupils are engaged in various lines of industrial activity which seem safe and sane
regardless of what the final solution of the problem of industrial education may be. The ninth grade
pupils have a typewriter which is available for use whenever they have time to devote to it. By the end
of the year probably two-thirds of them will have acquired a fair working knowledge of the machine.
A printing outfit, costing about two hundred and fifty dollars, has been installed, and it is confidently
expected that the results will justify the expenditure. Miss Smith has fitted herself to give instruction in
the essentials of the art of printing, and the pupils, both boys and girls, are making fine progress.
Both the printing and the typewriting tend to improve the work in English. They cultivate neatness,
accuracy and skill. They appeal to the mechanical tastes, especially of the boys. There is also a
sense of the useful and a suggestion of business which may prove valuable as a seasoning for
some of the more abstract subjects.
In the spring, Miss Smith organized a group of pupils to carry on a flower mission garden. The plan
and purpose were alike commendable, but none of us quite appreciated the magnitude of the
undertaking, Nevertheless, many beautiful flowers were sent to the sick, both at home and in the
Milford Hospital as well as to other friends more remote. A food sale was held in the fall, which netted
forty dollars with which to carry on the work next season.
The division of basketry has done good work under the leadership of Miss Thayer. The occupation
proved interesting and profitable. It was not easy to secure trained assistants for this kind of work, but
Miss Thayer has since been giving instructions to a class of ladies, and it is understood that they
have kindly consented to help her organize and conduct the work after the manner of the sewing class.
The sewing class was organized by a committee of ladies of which Mrs. Dutcher is chairman. This is
the largest group of workers, comprising about sixty girls. Miss Edith Badger of the domestic science
department of Framingham Normal School was secured as instructor, and seven ladies are very
kindly assisting in this work, each having immediate supervision of six or eight girls.
The stamp savings system was introduced into the schools in June, and the results have been most
gratifying. Two-thirds of all the children in the grades have stamp books, and have purchased stamps
to the amount of $342.23. The net savings during five months now invested in stamps amounts to
$181.37. In addition to this, 39 pupils have opened new savings bank accounts, and 35 have added
to bank accounts previously opened. The children are not only encouraged to save, but they are taught
to spend wisely.
A vital question with some people during the past year seems to have been whether or not our high
school fits for college. The answer depends entirely upon what interpretation is placed upon the
question. If a student enters the high school expecting to devote much of his time and most of his
interest to sports and pleasures, he is not likely to be prepared for college at the end of four years. But
on the other hand, if a pupil has done creditable work in the grades, and is willing to help himself by
doing his part in the high school, he will find there is all the assistance he needs to thoroughly
prepare himself for college. In the last analysis, a student must fit himself for college if he is ever
really fitted at all. No high school can do it for him, and no high school should be expected to.
There are young people who love knowledge and seek it from every source as naturally as plants
grow toward light. These should take a college course, if possible, and the high school should supply
all necessary assistance in the way of equipment, courses of study, and instruction. Out high school
has done all this. But there is a far larger class of young people who will never go to college. There is
no reason, however, why they may not become eminently worthy and useful citizens, and these have
claims upon the high school, equal, at least, to those of the former class- claims which should not be
ignored either by the public of by the high school itself. It is quite as important that the majority be fitted
for life as that the minority be fitted for college.
Respectfully submitted, F. G. Atwell,
Superintendent of Schools
There were seven graduates of Hopedale High School in 1909. They all had names familiar in
Hopedale and the area well into the twentieth century, including Damon, Durgin, Henry, Tracy, Noyes,
Smith, Harding and Welch. Click here to see the complete report of the superintendent, the graduation
program, a list of teachers, a page of school statistics, the report of the truant officer, a picture of the
graduating class, and the honor roll. If you had ancestors in Hopedale at that time, you’ll want to check
and see if they were as smart as you are. Remember though, that was before grade inflation.
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