November 15, 2013
The War at Home, 1917
Hopedale in November
As some of you discovered, the link I sent for Hopedale in October didn't work. In case you're still
interested in seeing what the town looked like way back then, try here and see if it works this time.
The Role of Women in Hopedale, a Nineteenth-Century Universalist-Unitarian Utopian Community in
South-Central Massachusetts by Deirdre Corcoran Stam. It was published this summer in the
American Communal Studies Quarterly. Stam graduated from Hopedale High School with the class of
1958. Her paper includes a few observations of the town at that time.
Now and Then - The Adin and Mendon Streets Corner.
Now and Then - Hammond Road.
Recent Hopedale history website additions to previously existing pages: Larry Heron (Obituary)
Hopedale Pond before 1910 (More Edwin Darling photos added) Fanny Osgood (Photo of the
Osgood children with their nanny) Bridges of Hopedale Pond (1929 Rustic Bridge photo added and
some text changes) Recent deaths
The bids for the new $50,000 central fire station were opened last Thursday and the contract was
awarded to Walter L. Mellen of Worcester. About a dozen bids were received. Work will be commenced
at once and the building finished by September 1. Milford Gazette, March 12, 1915
The first firemen's muster ever held here was conducted by the Hopedale fire department Saturday, in
connection with the dedication of the new central fire station. The affair was held under ideal weather
conditions and in the presence of about 1500 persons, including firemen from all surrounding towns
and several who formerly lived in this section. Milford Gazette, October 13, 1916
organizations and ordinary citizens was very different than it is now. Here are some items that were
published in the weekly Milford Gazette in those days.
The recent concert at Town Hall for the National Allied Relief Fund netted $148. The money has been
sent to the Star & Garter house of English soldiers who have been permanently crippled in the war.
Jan 19, 1917 (This is an example of the fact that people didn't wait for the U.S. to enter the war before
picking sides and helping out. War was declared on Germany on April 6, 1917.)
Tuesday in a telegram to Senator Lodge and Weeks the plant of the (Draper) corporation and all its
facilities is placed at the disposal of the government in case of need and the government is invited to
send here any engineer or other agents necessary to carry out the offer. With some changes in
machinery, easily made, munitions of war could be turned out at the plant at short notice. Feb 19, 1917
The directors of the Draper Corporation adopted resolutions Monday to meet the crisis now
confronting the country. The treasurer of the corporation was instructed to make financial
arrangements to take up for the company war bonds of the United States to the amount of $1,000,000.
It was voted to provide suitable employment to all men now in the company employ, who enter into the
service of the United States, upon their return from such service. All families of enlisted men be
allowed to continue in Draper Corporation tenements. It was deemed wise to defer other action until
the needs of the situation are more fully known. Apr 13, 1917
Department 20 of the Draper plant held flag raising exercises Monday afternoon. The men sang
patriotic songs and George Joslin recited “The Yankee Men.” Apr 20, 1917 Other similar ceremonies
were reported for that week by the women of the temple department, and at the main office where the
Hopedale Brass Band participated.
Employees of the Grafton & Upton Railroad held a flag raising at the local station Saturday noon.
Master Robinson Billings (who was killed in WWII) unfurled the new flag. J. A. McKenzie gave bugle
calls, George Foster, a short patriotic address, and the men sang ”The Star Spangled Banner,” and
“America.” Apr 27, 1917
Under the plan of action mapped out by the council on national defense, B. H. Bristow Draper has
been selected as chairman of the sub-committee on securing textiles for the United States. Work is
already well underway, and Mr. Draper will devote his entire attention to the work of the committee as
long as his services may be needed. Apr 27, 1917
A big parade, the unfurling of a new flag on the Town Hall building, and an oration by Guy A. Ham of
Boston were features of the big patriotic celebration here Saturday afternoon. Over 1,000 persons
participated in the parade. Apr 27, 1917
William Northrop has taken examinations for the Plattsburg training camp. Edward Dufresne has
secured employment at the torpedo station at Newport, R.I. (These reports in the May 11 paper were
followed by many similar ones over the next year and a half.)
The Hopedale Suffrage Club recently purchased a “Lafayette bag,” which was sent to France, and an
acknowledgement had just been received from the French soldier to whom it was given. May 18, 1917
At the Union Church Sunday morning, Colonel Adam Gifford provincial officer of the Salvation Army for
the New England States, gave a forceful address on “The Selective draft.” June 1, 1917
Applications for Liberty Loan bonds and information regarding payments, etc. may be obtained at the
local post office. The Draper Corporation has distributed notices to its employees urging all who can to
subscribe for Liberty Loan bonds, and offering its aid in securing the bonds through small weekly
payments. The corporation agrees to purchase the bond, should it be necessary to sell it, at cost to the
subscriber. June 1, 1917
A largely attended war prohibition meeting was held in Town Hall last evening. Rev. Paul Revere
Frothingham of Boston was the chief speaker and the high school pupils furnished music. June 8 War
prohibition? That sounds as though it could have been an anti-war meeting (hardly the spirit of the
times, though), but actually Rev. Frothingham was against alcohol, not war.
Mr. and Mrs. John Raymond received a telegram Monday that their son John, 17 years old was struck
by a train while guarding a railroad bridge near Warwick, R.I., and died from his injuries four hours
later at a Providence hospital. June 8, 1917
Employees at the stores of H.L. Patrick had subscribed nearly $1500 in Liberty Loan bonds up to
yesterday afternoon. June 15, 1917
Reports from the local Red Cross campaign show 275 members and $450 collected., $40 being
donated by the Roundabout Club. June 15, 1917
Click here to go to a page with this story continued to the end of the war and a bit beyond.
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lawn between the town hall and Depot Street.
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