January 15, 2019
1919 - Part 2
Hopedale in January
subject of considerable discussion on the Hopedale Bulletin Board page on Facebook in the last couple of
weeks. I've added some of it to the page.) Draper Proposal, 2018 (Draper site owner objects to G&U
Use of Street Railway Tickets - The improper use of pupils' tickets has been called to our attention. The
spirit and purpose of the law requiring street railway companies to carry school children at half the regular
fare is to encourage and promote public education, not to aid private enterprise. The tickets are to be used
only when going to and from school. Any other use of school tickets is ethically wrong and in my opinion,
legally wrong also. F.G. Atwell, Superintendent of School, 1914 This paragraph from the superintendent's
report refers to the fact that school children from South Hopedale could use the trolley to get to school. This
evidently involved taking the Milford & Woonsocket Street Railway from South Hopedale to the center of
Milford, and walking from there or taking the Milford & Uxbridge Street Railway to the intersection of
Hopedale Street and what is now called Mendon Street.
It will be of interest to the friends of the high school to know that it has been granted certificate privileges by
the Massachusetts Agricultural College, the University of Maine, Simmons College, and the Worcester
Polytechnic Institute. The significance of this is that our graduates may enter these institutions without
examination. Those wishing to enter other New England colleges will find the equipment of our high
school ample enough, the course of study broad enough, and its instruction sufficiently scholarly and
accurate to adequately prepare them for examinations. F. G. Atwell, Superintendent of Schools, 1914
Hopedale A Century Ago, Part 2
In many of the items below, I've added the address where the person named was living. I used the 1922
street listing book for this because earlier books didn't include street numbers.
April 4 - Sergeant William F. Northrop is returning from France and is expected to arrive at Camp Jackson,
Friends of Mr. and Mrs. Wm Cox recently presented them an electric reading lamp in honor of their 25th
wedding anniversary. (In the 1922 street listing book, the Cox couple were living at the Hopedale House.)
The annual Union Church fair opened successfully yesterday afternoon. The hall is attractively decorated
with the flags of the Allies and each table is decorated with the colors of one of the Allied countries.
Yesterday afternoon the children gave a short play and in the evening a chicken pattie supper was served,
and the Camp Fire Girls presented a play.
A nine -hour day, with a half-holiday Saturday, making a 50-hour work week, went into effect Tuesday at the
Draper Corporation plant as a result of the small amount of new business received during the past six
months. In some of the smaller departments full time will be possible. The step is taken to avoid a material
reduction of the working force and no intimation is given as to how long the short-time schedule will remain
April 11 - The Ladies whist club met Tuesday with Mrs. A. A. Messinger. (Mrs Messinger lived at 78
The Draper Corporation foundry is now on a five-day a week schedule.
April 18 - About 25 couples attended a private costume party in Pythian Hall Saturday evening.
Friends of Miss Mary Pagani, who is soon to be married to Rufus Donisoni, tendered her a linen shower
last Thursday night, about 50 persons being present. Games, music, readings and fancy dancing were
enjoyed and a supper was served. (There were three Pagani families in the 1922 book. They were all listed
as living on Main Street. The street name went back to the years before the separation of Hopedale from
Milford. A few years later the name was changed to Mendon Street)
Over 150 persons attended the dance of the high school seniors Friday evening in Town Hall, music being
furnished by the Peachey & Keane orchestra. The school service flag with 58 stars, occupied a place of
honor. Misses Lucy Day and Grace Holbrook of the teaching staff were chaperones. (Lucy Day lived on
April 25 - Hopedale's Victory Loan quota is $750,000.
Dr. Samuel Butler of Medway, assisted by Dr. F. H. Lally, operated on Henry E. Lindstrom at his home here
last Thursday. (Lindstrom was at 8 Jones Road.)
May 2 - Winburn Dennett, recently discharged from the service, has entered the employ of the Draper
Corporation. (Dennett lived at 111 Dutcher Street.)
Mrs. Henrietta Day is seriously ill and a trained nurse is in attendance.
E.M. Wheelock has returned from Jacksonville, Florida, where he has spent the winter. (Wheelock lived at
the Brae Burn Inn.)
May 9 - Kenneth Steele and the children of Herbert Irving are ill with scarlet fever.(Steele lived at 105
Mrs. Ella Ducharme dislocated here collar bone by a fall down stairs Saturday.
George Albert Draper has closed his winter home in Boston and is at his residence here. (The George A.
Draper home was at 66 Adin Street. It was later razed and replaced.)
May 16 - Dr. K. A.Campbell and family have removed to their summer home in Mendon. (When in
Hopedale, the Campbells resided at 82 Hopedale Street. Dr. Campbell's office was in the home.)
Captain Eben S. Draper arrived in Boston on the Georgia, Monday, from overseas service in the aviation
section and with the field artillery. (Draper resided at The Ledges. In 1919 he was in the original home
there, built by his parents. A few years later he had that house razed and built the residence that's there
The Memorial Library was closed Monday during the funeral of Mrs. Henrietta Day.
May 23 - The Parsheemi Club enjoyed a chicken supper at the Rogers tea room in Mendon Tuesday.
William D. Stearns, a prominent resident of this town for 19 years and a veteran of the Civil War, died early
Tuesday morning at his home on West Main Street from diseases incident to old age.
May 30 - F. C. Townsend is building a large piazza at the residence of C. F. Butterworth on Adin Street.
About 35 friends of Miss Helen Monehan tendered her s surprise party Friday evening, presenting her with
a handsome Maybasket containing a wrist watch. Games, music and dancing were enjoyed.(Miss
Monehan lived at 4 Lake Street.)
The sons of St. George entertained returned soldier members at a turkey supper Saturday evening at the
Brae Burn Inn. A social hour followed at Pythian Hall, with vocal solos, chorus singing, piano selections
and experiences by several of the returned soldiers.
June 6 - E. L. Tinkham and family spent the holiday in Charlestown, N.N., making the trip by automobile.
(The Tinkham family lived on Highland Street.)
South Main Street, from Howard Street south, has been repaired by highway employees this week.
June 13 - Mrs. Henry Williams is at the Milford Hospital for treatment.
The recent play for the benefit of the uniform fund for the Triangle Baseball League netted $96.10.
Official confirmation was received Wednesday night of the death of Lieutenant Raymond Piper of the
aviation corps at Coblenz, Germany, June 2, as reported in the Boston papers last week. He was on army
duty when his machine caught fire and he fell to the ground. Lieutenant Piper was engaged to Miss
Frances Clarridge of Milford.
June 20 - The Camp Fire Girls enjoyed the weekend at the Jewett and Leonard cottages at Lake Nipmuc.
At the Union Church Sunday morning Kenneth Burnham addressed the Knights of Khaki on his overseas
experiences.(Kenneth Burnham was at 190 Dutcher Street.)
Peter G. Green was called to Washington this week by the death of his brother, George P. Green, who was
for many years coachman for the late Gen. W. F. Draper, and later for Mrs. Draper.
June 27 - Norman B. Smith, employed at the Draper plant, was arrested here Friday by Whitinsville officers
on complaint of a girl in that town. The affair was settled, Saturday, after arraignment in the Uxbridge court
by the marriage of the couple by Rev. Alex Wiswall
By the will of the late Mrs. Nancy B. French bequests of $5 each were made to Rev. L.B. Wilson and Rev.
C. A. Henderson, former pastors of the Unitarian Church.
All the grade schools closed Friday for the summer vacation. Rev. C.F. Niles will deliver the baccalaureate
sermon to the high school seniors next Sunday and graduation exercises will be held next Wednesday.
(Rev. Niles lived on Adin Street.)
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