Main Street Milford a few years after the village
of Hopedale became a separate town.
April 1, 2017
Opinions on Separation, Part 1
Hopedale in March
Library by the Upton Historical Society. Photos from outside the plant. (The Freedom Street side and the parking lot.)
Photos from inside the Draper plant.
Recent additions to existing hope1842.com pages include Hopedale High Alumni Deaths (List from the 2014 alumni
newsletter added.) The 1955 flood in Spindleville (Four of the UHS photos added.) Deaths
Twenty-five years ago - April 1992 - Serb troops, following a mass rebellion of Serbs in Bosnia and Herzegovina against
the Bosnian declaration of independence from Yugoslavia, besiege the city of Sarajevo.
A Miami jury convicts former Panamanian ruler Manuel Noriega of assisting Colombia's cocaine cartel.
The acquittal of 4 police officers in the Rodney King beating criminal trial triggers massive rioting in Los Angeles. The riots
will last for 6 days resulting in 53 deaths and over a $1 billion in damages before order is restored.
Fifty years ago - April 1967 - The first Boeing 737 (a 100 series) takes its maiden flight.
Large demonstrations are held against the Vietnam War in New York City and San Francisco. The march, organized by the
National Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam, from Central Park to the United Nations drew hundreds of
thousands of people.
Montreal, Quebec, Expo 67, a World's Fair to coincide with the Canadian Confederation centennial, officially opens.
Muhammad Ali refuses military service. He is stripped of his boxing title and barred from professional boxing for the next
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Opinions on Separation, Part 1
With the signature of Gov. George D. Robinson, Hopedale became a town on April 7, 1886. The proposal to separate from
Milford had created a huge controversy, and the several Milford newspapers of the time had printed a large number of
articles, letters, editorials and ads on the subject. A number of newspapers in other Massachusetts towns and cities also
published opinions on the matter. Here are a few of them.
Massachusetts appears to have a mania for creating towns, which in many instances may be for the interest of all
concerned, but in such a place as Milford, it is suicidal. In that place a little manufacturing village wishes to secede, merely
on account of high taxes. One family, embracing several corporate firms, appears to be the only party who will be
benefitted, and it looks seriously like a tax dodging scheme. - West Newbury Messenger
It is alleged that the people of the town of Upton are taking an active interest in the efforts being made by the Drapers to
have the village of Hopedale made into a separate town from Milford, and the following theory is advanced to account for it.
Hon. William Knowlton & Sons occupy a similar social and financial position in relation to the village of West Upton, in the
town of Upton, that the Drapers do in the village of Hopedale. It is estimated that if the move to make Hopedale a separate
town be carried in the legislature, it will be followed by a move on the part of the Knowltons to have West Upton
incorporated as a town, which would be opposed by the other portion, including Upton Centre. It is further surmised that in
case these two objects of the wealthy interested were accomplished, a railroad would be built by the Drapers and
Knowltons from some point on the line of the M.F. and P. road to Grafton or vicinity, through West Upton and Hopedale, this
making a new line from Providence to Worcester. - Boston Herald
editor of the Milford paper that reprinted it. The paper added, "Mansfield, Fitchburg and Providence railroad is good. We
judge that the Republican editor is not familiar with the railroad geography of this section of Massachusetts
The movement to set off Hopedale from Milford to form a new town seems to have brought a storm of personal abuse upon
those who originated the scheme. Such a fact is in itself a strong argument in favor of division, for the reason that the
unfairness with which the people of Hopedale have been treated is thus made manifest. - Natick Bulletin
It is highly probably that the attention of the next Legislature will be called to the proposition to divide the town of Milford. If
the question comes up, we cannot imagine that it will have any substantial support. Milford ought not to be divided, and the
unruly child Hopedale should receive a sound castigation for its rebellious conduct. - Brookline Chronicle
The question of dividing the town of Milford by the secession of Hopedale is one which is likely to come before the next
Legislature. The Milford Journal, as an intelligent, public spirited paper, is strenuously opposed to the scheme. Its reasons
are sound and may have application elsewhere. - Attleboro Chronicle
George Draper & Sons and others interested in the manufacturing village of Hopedale in the town of Milford will ask the
Legislature to make Hopedale a town. It contains about 1000 population of the 10,000 making up the whole town, including
200 of the 1800 voters. The Milford Journal earnestly opposes the scheme for a separation. - Springfield Republican
Milford people are discussing a proposition to divide that busy, pushing place, by making a new town of the village of
Hopedale. The conditions are such as usually exist in such cases, the smaller part being some distance from the general
business centre. But we question the advisability of these divisions, especially in this instance, when there appears to be
no special grievances, and the Hopedale people will be very likely to find that they will do better in the end by remaining a
part of Milford, which has always appeared to us a very desirable place to abide in. - Waltham Record.
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Hopedale News - April 1992
Hopedale News - April 1967
Hopedale News - April 1917
Railroad history makes for many very convoluted stories. It may
be that the Mansfield, Fitchburg and Providence Railroad
mentioned in the Boston Herald article on this page, was at
some point taken over by the Old Colony Railroad.
By Charles Eben Fisher - The Story of the Old Colony Railroad,
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