April 1, 2015
Hopedale in March
who worked at Drapers or lived in Hopedale around that time.
Cranberries and other crops in nineteenth century Mendon Also, a speech by Sharon Cutler to an eighth
grade class in 2007, including, from the Annals of Mendon, fifteen instructions given to Mendon's
representative to the General Court in 1787.
I've continued to add to the Boy Scout photos from 1966 to 1970. Changes have been made to the page that
I'd done when No. 272 was sent. Here's a link to it. There are now eight pages of pictures from that time.
Each one has links to the others. The new ones include summer 1968, Mt. Greylock trip, the fall camporee,
1968, leaving for summer camp, meetings at the Community House, winter camp, 50-mile hike, and
Other recent additions to existing pages include: Hopedale Manufacturing Company (A paragraph about the
company and its consolidation with the Draper Corporation in 1927.) Hopedale Coal & Ice (A letter sent by
Bill Barney in 2002 containing some memories of the company, and of his father who was the company
manager for many years.) . Adin Ballou (Milford News obituary.) Recent deaths.
Twenty-five years ago - April 1990 - The 1990 United States Census begins. There are 248,709,873
residents in the U.S.
Junk bond financier Michael Milken pleaded guilty to fraud-related charges. He agreed to pay $500 million in
restitution and was sentenced on November 21 to 10 years in jail.
The Hubble Space Telescope is launched aboard Space Shuttle Discovery.
Fifty years ago - April 1965 - The Intelsat I ("Early Bird") communications satellite is launched. It becomes
operational May 2 and is placed in commercial service in June.
In Cold Blood killers Richard Hickock and Perry Smith, convicted of murdering four members of the Herbert
Clutter family of Holcomb, Kansas, are executed by hanging at the Kansas State Penitentiary for Men in
The first Students for a Democratic Society march against the Vietnam War draws 25,000 protesters to
U.S. troops occupy the Dominican Republic.
For Hopedale news articles from 25 and 50 years ago, see clippings further down on this page. The
clippings are from the Bancroft Memorial Library, the Milford Library, and John Butcher.
10,000 Jam Hopedale for Parade
Marchers Climb "Heartbreak Hill" on Two-Mile Route
By Virginia Cyr
Daily News Staff
HOPEDALE - The town's Centennial Parade was a tremendous success yesterday as more than 10,000
people braved a blazing sun and 80-degree temperatures to view the five-division extravaganza, a highlight
of the town's 100th birthday celebration. A bright sun beat down mercilessly on marchers throughout the two
and one half hour event, but it failed to stifle the spirit of the day. Hopedale was in a celebrating mood, and
hundreds from area towns joined in cheering and applauding the perspiring paraders along the two-mile
Parade participants deserved a standing ovation for their endurance during the long march, which included
a climb up a rather high hill on Mendon Street. The heat was intense, but the youngest to the oldest
participants kept moving along in step as unit leaders sprayed them with cooling water.
Emergency medical technicians reported that less than a dozen calls were received for medical assistance,
all for problems caused by the heat and humidity.
The parade got off to a prompt start when Division I moved onto Mendon Street from the Fitzgerald Drive
staging area at 1 p.m. Two youngsters carried a banner welcoming visitors to the town and parade. William
Gannett, parade grand marshal, driving an antique car with his wife, Nancy, seated beside him, led the
Larry Heron served as division marshal and marched in front of the Lawrence Heron DAV Post contingent.
The Hopedale High School band, playing its special arrangement of the happy birthday song, called to the
attention of one and all that the parade was being held to celebrate the town's birthday.
The first division featured six floats and four bands, including the Hopedale High School band, the
Hopedale Junior High School band, The Citations from Framingham, and the Clan Southerland Pipe Band
from Framingham, attired in traditional kilts.
The Hopedale Board of Selectmen appeared in this division, marching the entire route with Chairman
Robert Barrows and fellow board member Edward Scott wearing tall hats and colonial suits while Annette
Lawson, the town's first woman selectman, appeared in a pink colonial-style gown.
State Rep. Richard T. Moore and State Sen. John Houston also appeared in the first division.
The second division included the numerous units in the Shriners' parade group. Rev. Robert Cummings of
the Unitarian Church, Pastor Carl DeLorey of the Community Bible Chapel, Rev. Robert Pugh of Union
Evangelical Church and Rev. Bernard Reilley of Sacred Heart Church led the group as division marshals
along with Rev. George Warren of Trinity Episcopal Church in Milford.
The Shriners, who get paid a large sum for their appearances in parades, added much to the enjoyment.
The money they are paid is used entirely for the benefit of children whose lives are made better because of
treatment at the Shriners Hospital.
The Arab Patrol unit was a mounted unit, and all Arabian horses were of the same color. A motorized
vehicle follows the unit and moves from one side of the road to the other making those viewing the
operation wonder why the procedure is taking place. As the little vehicle passes, its function is quite clear,
because written on the side is the information, "Sooper Duper Pooper Scooper," and the registration plate
The Oriental Band, marching down the street in fuchsia and teal blue outfits with gold shoes turned up at
the toe in oriental fashion, caught everyone's eye as the leader directed the group with a waving saber.
The pipe band also drew attention as it appeared in typical kilts of green plaid. The clowns and many other
groups delighted the crowd.
Joseph Rosenfeld of Milford led the third division which included five bands and numerous floats. Milford
selectmen appeared in this division as did State Rep. Marie Parente and State Sen. Louis Bertonazzi. Mrs.
Parente was another eye-catcher as she marched the route attired in a pink colonial-style gown with a white
lace had and a pink parasol.
The fourth division was led by Winogene Noyes of Dutcher Street who has lived in Hopedale for more than
84 years. Mrs. Noyes received numerous greetings from residents as she moved along the two-mile route.
Mendon selectmen were included in this division which had five bands, a drill team and more than a half
The fifth division was led by co-marshals A. Harold Soderberg and Laura Grady. Soderberg, a long-time tax
collector here, represented the senior citizens passing the town's future onto the younger generation
represented by young Laura Grady, a student in the elementary school. Officials represented in this group
included the Hopkinton Board of Selectmen. The division included five bands, a drill team and 10 floats.
Members of the birthday committee were attired in colonial dress.
The parade moved right along without any delays, and the committee members, police from Hopedale and
neighboring towns, fire personnel and emergency medical technicians from Hopedale and area towns,
along with Northbridge, Uxbridge and Alves Ruggerio Ambulance Service, which furnished ambulances for
standby, offered their best efforts to assure an enjoyable and safe day for all. Milford Daily News, May 19,
Thirty photos of the parade Parade booklet with pages of names of the committee, sponsors and
contributors Video of the parade on YouTube - Part 1 Part 2 Hopedale News Headlines, 1986
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