Recent additions to hope1842 pages: South Hopedale Cemetery (MDN articles from 1999 and 2002)    
    The Post Road (Thanks to Dick Grady for sending a Worcester Telegram article on the colonial era road.)
    Local Historic District Milford News articles (Article on Town Meeting decision added.)     Deaths   


    Twenty-five years ago - July 1993 - UN inspection teams leave Iraq. Iraq then agrees to UNSCOM
    demands and the inspection teams return.

    Windows NT 3.1, the first version of Microsoft's line of Windows NT operating systems, is released to

    Fifty years ago - July 1968 -  Saddam Hussein becomes Vice Chairman of the Revolutionary Council in
    Iraq after a coup d'état.

    The semiconductor company Intel is founded.

    Pope Paul VI publishes the encyclical entitled Humanae vitae, on birth control.

    The first International Special Olympics Summer Games are held at Soldier Field in Chicago, Ill, with about
    1,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities.

    News items above are from Wikipedia. For Hopedale news from 25, 50 and 100 years ago, see below
    this text box..


                                                       Hopedale Mansions

    Large-scale, high-style residences of individuals who owned or operated the town’s industrial enterprises
    began to be constructed during the 1860s to 1880s period. Those of the first generation of manufacturers
    tended to be built on Hopedale Street, with subsequent generations building on Adin Street. The only one
    extant on Hopedale Street is the Joseph Bancroft house, 46-48 Hopedale Street (ca. 1870, remodeled
    1910). Built for the superintendent and later the vice president and president (1907-1909) of the Draper
    business, the house was logically placed in close proximity to the industrial buildings. Originally Italianate
    in style, the house was substantially remodeled in the Colonial Revival style after Bancroft’s death in 1909.

    In 1898, Joseph Bancroft funded the construction of the town’s Bancroft Memorial Library on an adjacent
    lot. Other Hopedale Street residences of local manufacturers were demolished during the period of
    significance. Two houses were demolished in the 1920s when their sites were donated to the town for the
    construction of two important institutional buildings, the Hopedale Community House, (on the site of the
    George Draper house) and the General Draper High School (site of the 1872 William Franklin Draper

    Adin Street gradually became the location of choice for the residences of the town’s industrialists. The
    Warren W. Dutcher house, 14 Adin Street (ca. 1868), was built for the inventor and manufacturer who
    moved to Hopedale ca. 1856 to set up shop at the urging of George Draper. A fine example of the Second
    Empire style, the Dutcher house is one of three Second Empire-style houses built during this period in the
    Adin Street – Hopedale Street vicinity; the others were the Hopedale Street residences of George Draper
    and William Franklin Draper. William Lapworth, an English-born weaving expert who obtained patents for
    elastic weaving and eventually became primary stockholder and superintendent of Hopedale Elastics
    Company, had an Italianate house built at 85 Adin Street (ca. 1875). After Hopedale Elastics was
    purchased by the Draper Company in 1898, Lapworth substantially remodeled the house to its present
    Queen Anne style.

    In addition to William F. Draper, other individuals in the second generation of Hopedale industrialists built
    their houses on Adin Street, though most were replaced with newer houses between the 1920s and the
    early 1950s. In 1885, Eben Sumner Draper, later the governor of Massachusetts, had a Shingle-style
    residence built, designed by Boston architect George R. Clarke. Occupying a spacious estate of over sixty
    acres, the house was demolished by Eben Draper’s son, Eben S. Draper II, who replaced it with the
    present English Revival-style dwelling at 55 Adin Street (ca. 1925). The younger Eben Draper was a trustee
    of the Draper Corporation.

    In the early 1890s, Boston architect John Pickering Putnam designed the Adin Street residence of George
    A. Draper (1855-1923), another son of George Draper. This house was demolished in the 1930s and
    replaced by the present French Eclectic-style dwelling, the Benjamin Helm Bristow Draper Jr. house, 66
    Adin Street (ca. 1930) and contemporary residential construction. The Georgian Revival-style house of
    Eben D. Bancroft (1847-1925), a vice president of the Draper Corporation in 1921, was designed in 1896
    by Milford architect Robert Allen Cook and demolished in the 1940s. The Steel Road subdivision currently
    occupies the site. Stone walls framing Steel Road where it meets Adin Street reportedly are remnants of
    Bancroft’s estate.

    Cook also designed the English Revival-style Frank J. Dutcher house at 34 Adin Street (ca. 1904), located
    directly behind the Second Empire-style house of Warren W. Dutcher at 14 Adin. Frances Eudora Draper
    (b. 1847), daughter of George Draper and the wife of Charles H. Colburn, also lived on Adin Street at this
    time; her estate was donated to the town and the house demolished for the construction of Memorial
    Elementary School, 54 Adin Street (1954, 1963, 2000). (Actually the house was demolished and the lot
    remained vacant for many years before the building of Memorial School.) Hopedale Historic Village
    National Register Nomination, Kathleen Kelly Broomer, 2001

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Hopedale News - July 1993

    Above - The Joseph and Sylvia Bancroft house on Hopedale Street.

    Below - The Bancroft home after remodeling.

    On left - The Warren and Malinda Dutcher home.

    On right - The General Draper home.

    Photo courtesy of the American Antiquarian Society.

    Above - The William Lapworth home on Adin Street.

    Below - The Lapworth home after remodeling.

Hopedale News - July 1968

Hopedale News - July 1918