Hopedale Machine Company
The area that eventually became the main plant of Draper Corporation was
home to a number of companies in the mid 1800s. These photos show the
Hopedale Machine Company. It was started in 1856 by Ebenezer and George
Draper, when they pulled their stock out of the Hopedale Community. Joseph
Bancroft was the superintendent. Other companies operating in this area at
different times included E.D. and George Draper, the Hopedale Furnace
Company, the Hopedale Machine Screw Company, the Northrop Loom
Company, George Draper and Sons, the Dutcher Temple Company, the
Sawyer Spindle Company and the Hopedale Elastic Goods Company. (Later
the Lapworth Elastic Fabric Co. in Milford.) By 1898 these (other than Elastic
Fabric, I presume) had all been absorbed by the Draper Company, which in
1916 reorganized as the Draper Corporation.
Manufacturing Company. That was established as a result of the Draper family
feud, which began when General Draper's brothers, Eben and George Albert,
removed him as president of the Draper Company. The general died in 1910,
and the Hopedale Manufacturing Company was established under that name
in 1912. It was operated by his sons, Charles Roper was involved with it, and
Jonas Northrop was president during at least part of its existence.
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Thanks to Peter Metzke for sending this.