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Below - The Hopedale High Class of 1909

    Hopedale History
    November 15, 2018
    No. 360
    The Pendulum Has Swung   


    Hopedale in November   

    Recent additions to this site: Adin Ballou (Thanks to Lynn Hughes for information on the descendants of Rev. Ballou.)     Sacred
    Heart Church stained glass windows (Photo of the Chico Claro stained glass piece, and the story behind it.)    Deaths   

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    The chief of police, chief of the fire department, and road commissioner is an amiable "Pooh-bah" named Samuel E. Kellogg. He
    and his three uniformed policemen make an arrest about three times a year, and then only for minor infractions. Crime in a
    major sense is unknown. The fire department, always ready for duty, which rarely comes, has five pieces of apparatus, ranging
    from a nicely painted American-LaFrance pumper which has to be cranked by hand, to an ultra-modern $14,000 engine. The
    roads, 21 miles of them, are in enviable condition, only a little bumpy with frost. Unknown source - newspaper article from the
    1930s. - More on Sam Kellogg.

    Wickliffe Preston Draper arrived in the world on August 9, 1891, just in time to receive his own entry in The Drapers in America,
    a hagiographic genealogy published the following year by a member of the family whose work had been subsidized by Wickliff''s
    paternal uncle. Proud of the- ir colonial roots dating back to James "the Puritan" Draper, who had left the village of Heptonstall in
    Yorkshire, England and settled in the New World in 1648, the "Draper men," according to the genealogy, "have ever been to the
    front in all emergencies...have held offices of all kinds in the village, town, city, county, or country...have been soldiers, sailors,
    statesmen, lawyers, doctors, engineers, authors, merchants, farmers, manufacturers, in the church and school, and have
    brought to each and every one of these occupations an earnestness and steadfastness of purpose and success of the highest
    order." Nine towns or counties in the United States and one in the United Kingdom have been named after the family. The
    Funding of Scientific Racism -- Wickliffe Draper and the Pioneer Fund by William H. Tucker  -  More on Wickliffe Draper   

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                                                                     The Pendulum Has Swung

    This is something of a "Kids today, wudda ya gonna do?" article, written by the Hopedale School Superintendent in 1909.

    The status of children in the home and in the social organization changes from generation to generation, but it is a little doubtful if
    it has even now been settled quite right. It is difficult to believe there ever was a time when children spoke only when spoken to,
    and yet the prevailing belief a hundred years ago was that children should be seen and not heard. In well governed families
    children really conformed to this doctrine, at least in the presence of their elders. A reaction was natural, but reactions are likely to
    abound in feeling and to lack in thoughtfulness. The pendulum has now swung to the opposite extreme until in many instances
    children has seem to exert the dominating influence in the household. The same attitude may appear in school and on the street.

    The old treatment of children was severe and oppressive. The new is lax and over indulgent. It is hoped that a happy medium is
    near at hand when kindness and sympathy will be judiciously combined with intelligence, firmness and a due regard for the
    child's permanent welfare as well as his immediate pleasure. His permanent welfare demands a good deal of effort on his own
    part. He must have recreation and pleasures, but he must also know what work is. He must acquire the power of concentrated
    attention and also a certain degree of fidelity and purposefulness.

    These suggestions have been made with only one purpose in mind, and that is to secure unity of effort in promoting the moral
    and intellectual welfare of every pupil in town from the kindergarten to the senior class. They have been made with the deepest
    appreciation of the fine spirit, the kind words, and the hearty cooperation of all with whom my duties have brought me into contact.

    F. G. Atwell
    Superintendent of Schools
    1909   

                                                                         
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