September 1, 2018
Members of the Community
Hopedale in August
Recent additions to existing pages on hope1842.com: Women's Suffrage in Hopedale (A list of
identifications to a picture of the Women for Hoover Committee - about 20 prominent women of Milford and
Twenty-five years ago - September 1993 - Oslo I Accord: PLO leader Yasser Arafat and Israeli prime
minister Yitzhak Rabin shake hands in Washington, D.C., after signing a peace accord.
Russian troops withdraw from Poland.
The first mission in Biosphere 2 ends after two years.
Fifty years ago - September 1968 - 150 women (members of New York Radical Women) arrive in Atlantic
City, New Jersey to protest against the Miss America Pageant, as exploitative of women
Detroit Tiger Denny McLain becomes the first baseball pitcher to win 30 games in a season since 1934. He
remains the last player to accomplish the feat.
Vietnam War: The Tet Offensive comes to an end in South Vietnam.
60 Minutes debuts on CBS and is still on the air as of 2018.
Boeing introduces its largest passenger aircraft up to that time, the Boeing 747.
News items above are from Wikipedia. See below this text box for Hopedale news from the Milford Daily
News (25 and 50 years ago) and the Milford Gazette (100 years ago.)
Members of the Hopedale Community
By Adin Ballou
The membership of the Community during its entire existence was composed of men and women
belonging to the more substantial, self-respecting middle class of American society - the rank and file of the
American people. It included, first and last, six or eight ordained ministers of the Gospel, two experienced
and skillful physicians, several well-equipped and competent teachers in the various branches of useful
knowledge, writers for religious and reformatory journals, platform speakers, conference room exhorters,
together with numerous farmers, gardeners, carpenters, machinists and a goodly number of other
handicraftsmen - a plain, common sense, intelligent, high minded population. As a whole, we were in no
proper sense such a set of visionary dreamers, deluded fanatics, restless impracticables, and thriftless
incompetents, needing a guardian or some master spirit to take pity on us and save us from our own folly
and imbecility, as has sometimes been represented by certain orators and authors, who seemed more
desirous of deprecating us and our labors, sacrifices and achievements, than of telling the truth about us
and doing exact justice to us and our cause. To be sure, there were now and then persons who came to us
from selfish and unworthy motives, seeking an easy place for themselves and a supply for their own and
their family's needs which they were too indolent and shiftless to earn elsewhere. To be sure, we were
beset, by a great variety of visitors, good, bad, and indifferent, hailing from far and near, professing
friendship for us and our movement; not infrequently claiming to be philanthropists and reformers par
excllence, and bringing with them, it may be, some special device for bettering the condition of the world -
some new panacea for one or more on the manifold ills which humanity is heir to - the crudest follies or
impracticabilities perhaps. But few of either class ever gained an entrance within the pale of our organic
fellowship, or if they did, were soon convinced that they were out of place and voluntarily retired, never
attaining any appreciable influence in shaping our polity or in the systematic management of any of our
affairs. Follies no doubt we had, and defects, whereof we had reason to be ashamed and repentant, but
they were not of the sort alleged. If we were in any sense dreamers and visionaries, an imputation we were
never disposed to take offense at or deny, we were only such as Jesus Christ and his Apostles were and
taught us to be, when they pictures to us a kingdom of righteousness, peace and joy for which we should
pray, a coming reign of equity and brotherhood which we should seek to inaugurate under whose benignant
Returning justice lift aloft her scale;
Peace o'er the world her olive wand extend,
And white robed innocence from Heaven extend.
As a matter of fact, no one who knew us and was disposed to be just towards us could deny that, with the
rare exceptions alluded to, we were a most practical, self-supporting company, industrious, economical,
husbanding well our resources and putting our means to good uses. Not a dollar was expended by us for
intoxicating liquor, for enervating pleasure, or pernicious amusement. Bad habits, always more or less
costly, were under proscription, and for the most part absolutely prohibited. Even tobacco, when previously
used, was laid aside by those entering our membership, one person only continuing the indulgence, and
that after repeated ineffectual attempts to overcome the appetite. We spent nothing on military trappings or
displays; nothing on spectacular and boisterous demonstrations or any sort; political maneuvering or
masquerade; nothing on police supervision or litigation - no occasion for the former ever existing, and all
differences or controversies among ourselves or with our neighbors being settled by amicable conference
or peaceful arbitration. As to constables, sheriffs, criminal prosecutions, or court proceedings outside of
simple probate concerns, we had no use for them. Adin Ballou, History of the Hopedale Community, pp.
224-5, 2010 edition.
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Several news notes here show that the
flu epidemic had reached this area.