back of the house. (Note the bulkhead just beyond the swing.) If you know where it is, let me know and I'll add
the information here. Email link on homepage.
And that's where the matter stood until February 2011. Then I heard from Nancy Arone who told me that the
house is at 28 Mendon Street. It's at the corner of Mendon and Highland streets. See the picture below that I took
the day after Nancy sent the address. I had to take it from a different angle, but I think you can see that they are
both of the same house.
We'll probably never know who the people in the picture are. I'll check though the street listings at the Bancroft
Library and see what I can come up with for names of people who have lived there. The earliest book I have at
home is for 1928. It gives C. Hubert Draper, age 33, postman, as living there. I'm sure he was one of the "other
Drapers." That is, one of the two Draper families not related to the Draper Corporation Drapers who lived in
Hopedale years ago.
Here's what I found on my first library search. There were no listings for Mendon Street in the early 1920s.. It was
called Main Street, or sometimes West Main Street. Evidently that name remained for many years after Hopedale
separated from Milford. Some day I'll look through the books and find what year the change was made. In 1922,
Emma Jones, 74, and Fanny (66) and Marion (27) Tarbox were there. In the 1898 directory, Lavender Tarbox
was at 9 Union Street, and Roanna Jones was a boarder there. It seems that at some point Tarbox moved to 28
Main/Mendon and Emma Jones, with some family connection to Roanna, I presume, went with them. In the
1898 directory, the houses on some streets had numbers, while others didn't. Main Street houses didn't.
Street, Hopedale, MA I have been interested in the information in regard to the Draper families. My aunt Beryl
H. Kimball was married to C. (Charles) Hubert Draper in 1924. Their son was named H. (Hubert) Kimball
Draper. So interesting to come across.
Hopedale. I don't know how long he lived there. Parents were William N. Draper and Annie E. Draper. I have a
picture of the home shown on 28 Mendon Street when he and my aunt were married. She taught at a private
school. They had a boarder named Elsie M. Crooker and she taught in a public school. .My aunt Dorothy Martin
Kimball also lived there and graduated from Hopedale High School in 1927. She went on to Salem State
College, Salem, MA and then to teach in Attleboro. (William N. Draper was the "Billy Draper" of Billy Draper's
Store.) Janice Wood
Next I heard from Pam (Conlin) Maloney who said she and her family were there from 1984 to 1999.
A bit after that there was a response from David Snider. Here's what he wrote: Claude F Snider and family
(Melissa Duncan Snider, Claude F. Jr., David and Melissa Claire) moved into 28 Mendon Street right after
Hamilton W. Thayer and family moved a block down the street to their house on Highland St. That, by the way,
was 1940 (we moved in the late summer, shortly before school opened for the year. All the while we lived there,
btw, it was painted white with black shutters.When Draper went out of the housing business and sold the town to
its inhabitants, my father bought 28 Mendon Street. When he retired and Mr. & Mrs. Snider moved to St. Croix in
the US Virgin Islands, they sold the house to Dad's cousin, John Donley, who, incidentally, was one of the three
people who took over the duties of the retiree. John Donley became Comptroller, though I have no recollection
of who became Secretary and who became Treasurer.
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