Boston Post - August 19, 1910
February 1, 2013
President Visits Hopedale
Hopedale in January
The Driftway and Cutler Street, c. 1950.
Arthur Joy Draper
Mendon Bake House, c. 1810
Draper memories of Ron L’Heureux – Ron was in the Draper apprentice school in the
Lots of independent small town movie theaters are disappearing due to the very
expensive switch to digital projection. Here’s an appeal to save one, sent by Dave
During the past two weeks I’ve made additions to the following pages: Fanny Osgood
Donation of land for high school George Albert Draper Bristow and Queena
Draper Eben Draper Gov. Eben S. Draper Pistol, rifle and skeet shooting
Origins of street and place names Adin Ballou Park Now and Then - Post Office
Twenty-five years ago – February 1988 – Fallon Clinic to Open Branch at Site of
Former Armenian-American Veteran’s Post.
Cheryl Daudelin (23 points) and Doreen Phillips Lead Hopedale High to Overtime Upset
Win Over Bromfield.
Dole, Gephart Win in Iowa. Simon Tops Dukakis for Second. Bush Third, Behind Pat
Fifty years ago – February 1963 – Fred Knox elected chairman of the Hopedale unit
of the Red Cross.
A play, “One Love Had Mary,” about Mary Todd Lincoln, was presented at a meeting of
the Hopedale Women’s Club.
First flight of a Boeing 727.
President Kennedy submits bill to enact Medicare to Congress.
Taft is Guest of Draper
Autos from Beverly to Governor’s Hopedale Home
Hopedale - August 18 (1910) – The inhabitants of the summer White House literally
picked up their beds and walked this evening in order that the President of the United
States might fraternize with the Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts at the
Governor’s Hopedale home.
The President’s visit to the Governor, which will last until tomorrow afternoon, was
classed as a purely social affair, required the attendance of the immaculate Secretary
Norton, the gold laced Captain Archie Butt, all the secret service men, several
chauffeurs and attendants, and an automobile loaded to the guards with Washington
When George Washington was president, he went through Hopedale and Milford. Since
that time neither town has seen a president until today.
The president was scheduled to leave Beverly at 3 o’clock in the afternoon when all of
the roads outside of Governor Draper’s big mansion were scrubbed and garnished, and
the lawns combed and curried. As early as 3:30 o’clock the constables of Hopedale,
headed by Chief Kellogg, arrived before the Draper home and took up their posts.
All watches had been compared, and the distance from Beverly to Hopedale had been
carefully figured. Chief Kellogg estimated that the distance from Beverly to Boston was
19 miles and from Boston to Hopedale was 35 miles, and that the distance in a fast
automobile at the rate of 25 miles an hour, so that he should arrive at about nine
minutes past five.
But at nine minutes after five there was no sign of the presidential automobile. Nor was
there at nine minutes after six either.
It was 15 minutes before seven when there was a shout and a scattering of gravel on
the incline leading up the hill toward the Governor’s home, and a big black automobile
came whirling up the slope.
Then all those who had waited on foot and in automobiles were rewarded; for in the
back seat of the big black automobile was sitting the big man himself, President Taft,
clad in his distinctive checked golf cap and his capacious linen duster and smiling the
expansive saccharine smile hitherto familiar to the Hopedalers only in picture and story.
Beside him was Secretary Norton, dwarfed by his huge chief, and just in front of him,
perched on one of the little seats, was Captain Archie Butt in his dark blue coat and
picturesque scattering of gold lace. Behind him were the secret service men.
The President’s car drew on beneath the porte-cochere of the Draper home. On the
steps were the Governor and Mrs. Draper and their daughter, Dorothy. (Dorothy was
the mother of Bill Gannett, the only Draper descendant still living in Hopedale.) The
President received a most cordial greeting and explained that he was late because he
had been unable to leave Beverly until after 4 o’clock. Then Secretary Norton and
Captain Butt went into the house while the automobile scurried away to Milford.
The President and the Governor emerged again almost immediately on being informed
that a Post photographer wished to photograph them. With them came Mrs. Draper and
Dorothy Draper with her big black dog, Eb, and Captain Butt.
This evening there was a purely informal dinner at the Draper home, attended by a few
intimate friends of the Draper family.
Tomorrow afternoon the President plans to visit Mendon, where some of his ancestors
made their home, and return from there to Beverly. Newspaper name not available –
probably it was the Boston Post. From the Bancroft Library Hopedale history
New York Times article on Taft Visit
Hopedale History Ezine Menu HOME
Above - The Ledges, the home of Gov. Draper, and the place where President
Taft stayed in 1910. It was razed and replaced by the governor's son, Eben
Sumner Draper, jr., in the 1920s. Here's a page showing the Ledges he built.
became a town and
the paper still calls it
Connecticut and then
on to New York after
his visit to Boston.