The photos above are from the Hopedale Town Report of 1913. When I was at the Park Street School
in the late forties, on May Day we'd all go over to the town park. Some of the girls would come to
school in white dresses that day, and do the maypole dance. Interesting to note that when that was
done in 1913, it was during the strike at the Draper Company.
May 1, 2013
Otis and Lily
Hopedale in April
The Hopedale Strike of 1913: The Unmaking of an Industrial Utopia by Anita Cardillo Danker.
Memories of Beverly Orff – Bev was born in what later became the Sacred Heart rectory, lived at what’s
now the barber shop on Hopedale Street, and also in the Seven Sisters and on Warfield Street.
Hopedale High School Alumni Association list of deceased alumni for April 2012 through March 2013.
During the past two weeks, I’ve made additions to the following pages: Oak Street Kids The Mill
River Recent deaths Now and Then – Original high school, Sacred Heart Church
Twenty-five years ago – May 1988 - Soviet war in Afghanistan: After more than 8 years of fighting, the
Soviet Army begins withdrawing from Afghanistan.
A report by U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop states that the addictive properties of nicotine are
similar to those of heroin and cocaine.
Microsoft releases Windows 2.1
Members of the Hopedale Community Historical Society and of the Sacred Heart Parish will join
Sunday for the dedication of a monument marking the site of the town’s first high school and Sacred
Fifty years ago – May 1963 - The Coca-Cola Company introduces its first diet drink, TaB cola.
Thousands of African Americans, many of them children, are arrested while protesting segregation in
Birmingham, Alabama. Public Safety Commissioner Eugene "Bull" Connor later unleashes fire
hoses and police dogs on the demonstrators.
Dr. No, the first James Bond film, is shown in U.S. theaters.
Mrs. Endicott Peabody, wife of the governor, spoke to the Hopedale Community Historical Society at
the Community House. Over 100 attended. She mentioned finding a portrait of Governor Draper in
terrible condition in the State House. An April 14, 1964 Milford News article reported that the Draper
portrait was on display at the State House. It had been restored under the auspices of the Hopedale
Community Historical Society. Click here to see the articles.
Mrs. G. O. Draper Seeks Separation
Beautiful Southern Woman and Husband Living Apart
Members of one of New England’s most exclusive families, the Drapers of Hopedale, are filled with
anxiety and apprehension because of the hostile attitude which Mrs. George Otis Draper has
assumed toward her husband.
This Mrs. Draper left Hopedale a month ago and took her children with her, leaving her husband, who
is a son of the distinguished former ambassador to Italy, General William F. Draper, to hold the fort in
the family residence.
There are no indications that Mrs. Draper, who is a dashing Southern beauty, from the very heart of
the Blue Grass country, intends soon to return either to Hopedale or her husband. Indeed, Mrs.
Draper has placed her children in school in Sayre and taken a stylish suite in the Hotel Touraine in
this city. Moreover, her brother-in-law has come on from Lexington, Ky., as an advisor, and other
friends and lawyers have been consulted.
However, it is announced that these ominous proceedings are not leading up to action for divorce.
Formal suit for divorce has not been begun or even threatened by Mrs. Draper. She has told her
counsel that she does not desire a divorce, but does want a settlement of her own and her husband’s
Such a settlement must, of course, be a very momentous affair, for the Drapers are wealthy, having
extensive interests in mills and other enterprises in Hopedale, Boston, Lewiston, Me., and elsewhere.
There is an interesting romance in this and the other Draper marriages. General William F. Draper,
after a short courtship, married a Miss Preston of Lexington, Ky. Soon afterward, General Draper’s
brother, George A. Draper, former president of the Home Market Club, and like the general, and
influential politician, married – after a short courtship – Miss Jessie Preston of Lexington, Ky., a sister
of his brother’s wife.
Finally, George Otis Draper, son of General Draper and nephew of George A. Draper, married, after a
short courtship, Miss Lillie Duncan, also of Lexington, Ky.
This strange coincidence gave great prominence to the third wedding of a Draper to a Lexington, Ky.
belle. All three of the wives were striking beauties. It would have required an expert to select the
handsomest of the trio.
The third Mrs. Draper, the one now at the Touraine, is a splendid blonde. She has the Kentucky
stature, an erect posture, a springy step, and a wealth of golden hair.
Naturally, under such circumstances, the third Mrs. Draper was given a whole-hearted welcome by
Boston society. Eben S. Draper, one of G. Otis Draper’s uncles, has a fine home on Marlboro Street.
George A. Draper built a magnificent residence in Commonwealth Avenue. All the Drapers, in fact, are
identified with Boston. This helped to immediately establish Mrs. George O. Draper’s social prestige.
Last winter Mr. and Mrs. George O. Draper lived at the Touraine most of the season.
Mrs. Draper was perhaps most admired for her wonderful grace in the automobile. She was
unconcerned when her expert chauffeur took her around a sharp corner on two wheels at a speed
that would have utterly flustrated (yes, that’s what it said) a less confident rider. At such moments, the
Southern beauty looked her best.
Just what is the matter in the Draper family at present, neither party to the impending controversy
seems to wish to divulge.
Mrs. Draper’s friends say, with much positiveness, that Mr. Draper left his home. George Otis Draper
could not be reached last night, so General William F. Draper was asked about this. General Draper
denied this statement.
“No,” the general said; “she went away and left her home. She left her husband.”
When the general was asked if Mrs. G. O. Draper was a relative of the other ladies of the family, he
said, “I am glad to say she is not.”
It is evident from these and other statements made by the interested parties that there are two sides
to the latest Draper sensation.
Neither the date nor the name of the paper were on the clipping this came from. Otis and Lily (also
given as Lilly) were married April 28, 1892. The oldest of their three children was eight at the time of
the separation. Interesting to note that if I hadn’t put it in the story title, you could have read the entire
article about the “dashing Southern beauty” without ever seeing her first name.
In 1923, Grace Draper, daughter of Clare and his Kentucky wife, Matilda, eloped with her cousin, Harry
Charlot, the son of Matilda’s sister. That marriage brought the count of Drapers from Hopedale who
found mates from Kentucky to nine! Click here for more on the Draper Kentucky story.
Lily. Here’s more on Otis, and here’s a page on The Larches.
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