This was during the strike. What was called West Main
Street at that time is now Mendon Street/Route 16.)
August 15, 2013
Hopedale Manufacturing Company
During the past two weeks, additions have been made to the following pages: Union Church (Fire
followed by renovation, 1912) Gov. Eben S. Draper (Obituary and brief article on the will of Mrs.
Nannie Draper) Eben S. Draper, Jr. (A few pictures added from his very adventurous trip to Alaska in
1913.) Now and Then - Corner of Dutcher and Social Streets. (Article on a fire at the restaurant that
stood on that corner a century ago.) Lt. Col. Robinson Billings (Article on the return of his body from
the Singapore area to Hopedale in 1948.) Lt. Donald Midgley (Article on posthumous award) Billy
Draper's Store (Obituary for William N. Draper) Milford town election of 1925 (Article added on the
election that resulted in Milford having two rival boards of selectmen and two police chiefs for six
months.) William Baer (Brothers meet in Germany after the war. William was killed in the South
Pacific.) Harel House (Former Osgood estate sold by L. McVitty to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Lacey.) World
War I Victory Celebration (Article about welcome home event in 1919 added.) Richard Griffin (Speech
given on Memorial Day by Tom Wesley added) Recent deaths
Former Gov. and Mrs. Eben S. Draper and daughter, Dorothy, left here Wednesday for a three month
visit to Alaska, the trip across the continent being made by private (railroad) car. Eben S. Draper, jr. will
join them at the completion of his school work. Milford Gazette, 1911.
The Branch Library at South Hopedale has been used by eighty-one card holders this year and more
than five thousand books have been circulated by the enthusiastic and efficient Librarian in charge.
(Miss Caldwell) Report of the Librarian, Madeleine R. Burrill, 1933.
The big Hopedale story of a century ago was the strike at the Draper Company, but here is a collection
of the little events in town, reported in the weekly Milford Gazette. They're from a scrapbook at the
Bancroft Library. The most common items were about church and organization meetings and
functions, vacations, and health problems. Among many others, it was reported that William Eastwood
spent a fortnight in Nova Scotia, and Mrs. White was spending the winter in Washington, D.C. Lincoln
Wright was taken to Milford Hospital for treatment. There were obituaries, and all too many tragic ones
including the report of Mildred, 19 day old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. Gardner Allen who died at their
home on Bancroft Park. Below is a sample of other events printed in the Gazette that year.
before he died, two years later.
The Inman farm was in the general area of where Inman Street is now, but probably extended down to
Hopedale Pond, and east toward what is now Route 140. Delano Patrick's farm was in the area where
Freedom and Northrop streets meet, and included what became Oak Street, Jones Road and Maple
According to an 1880 directory, Greenough's, Bancroft was a
machinist and his home was on Hopedale Street, opposite
Adin. An 1898 map shows that he owned the house where
Simoneau's Barber Shop and Hopedale Cable is now. He
was a brother of Joseph Bancroft.