June 15, 2013
NEAAU Swim Meet
Here’s another find sent by Peter Metzke of Melbourne, Australia – an article written in 1945 in the
Spokesman Review, Spokane, Washington, about the submarine, the Gudgeon. Annapolis graduate
Donald Midgley of Hopedale was an officer on the Gudgeon and died when it was sunk.
Mystic River (The actual river; not the book or movie of the same name.)
Water over the dam- the Mill and Blackstone rivers on June 8.
During the past two weeks, I’ve made additions to pages on Boarding Houses Town Hall
Hopedale As I Found It Park House/Dutcher-Freedom Corner Original High School – Sacred
Heart Church Recent deaths Dump capping project
baseball, cricket, and Association football. The latter team has played with unvarying success,
defeating the strong Everett team, which claimed the championship of Massachusetts. Report of the
Park Commissioners, 1906.
convenience. Report of high school principal, Arthur C. Johnson, 1920.
Star Natators Enter Hopedale Swim Meet
Second Annual Meet to Be Conducted by
Hopedale Park Department Tomorrow Afternoon
Draws Aquatic Stars from All Over State
Judging from the star-studded list of entries the annual swimming meet conducted by the Hopedale
Park Department and sponsored by the N.E.A.A.U. is rapidly taking rank as one of the outstanding
meets in New England.
Tomorrow afternoon the second annual meet to be held at Hopedale Pond will find some of the
outstanding amateur natators in the East competing for titles recognized by the N.E.A.A.U. governing
body of amateur swimming in the country.
In addition to his own two daughters, Ruth and Frances, Alfred J. Howarth has received the entry
blanks of Dot Cantwell, present 200-yard backstroke champion, Peggy Graham and Elinor Kyle, two of
the outstanding competitors in the 100-meter freestyle event, and Ralph DesRosiers and Johnny
Ryan, who have established marks in the 220-yard freestyle and 100-meter backstroke distances for
Ruth Howarth is confidently expected to splash Dot Cantwell’s record into oblivion in the 200-yard
backstroke and her sister, Frances, is booked to cop the 100-yard backstroke event. Ryan is the
favorite in the 220-yard freestyle event for men but the Worcester star will find a battle on his hands
with Andy Diamantopolis of the Pawtucket Boys’ Club and Rollie Higgins of the Lawrence Y strong
The battle in the 100-meter freestyle for women will very likely simmer down to Peggy Graham and
Elinor Kyle, and DesRosiers has been made the favorite in the 100-meter backstroke for men.
The meet which will start at 2 o’clock under the direction of N.E.A.A.U. officials, also has two events
which are closed to all but Hopedale residents. Entered in the 50-meter freestyle for Hopedale boys
are Robert Holland, Sheldon Nourse, Fred Goodnow, Ames Sadler, Robert Turner and Willard Tucker.
In the same event for girls, entries have been received from Virginia Bonin, Jean Barker, Gloria Hall,
Edna Cyr, Marie Burns, Shirley Webster, Doris Knight and Barbara Eckersall. Milford Daily News,
August 5, 1938.
I’ve copied this as it was written, although it has what seems to me a strange mix of yards and meters.
The August 8th article on the results of the meet give all events they reported as meters. I presume that’
s the way it should have been in this article too.
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