Hopedale Coal & Ice Company
Eventually they joined to form Hopedale Coal & Ice. Ice was cut on Hopedale Pond and
stored in a big icehouse on the west side of Hopedale Pond, where the Gannett home is
now. It was probably in the early1940s when they stopped getting ice from the pond and
started making it.
I remember ice being delivered to a few homes in my neighborhood on Oak Street in the
1950s. I don't know when that stopped, but I doubt it was still going on by the late fifties.
The buildings that housed Coal & Ice were originally some of the Hopedale Stable
buildings. The picture with three cars showing was taken in 2002. The big building in that
photo (and in the two above it) was first a Hopedale Stable barn and later was where the
ice was made. After it was no longer used for that, it was operated as Hopedale Hardware
for many years in the mid-twentieth century. It was razed around 2005 or 2006. The picture
at the bottom was taken in May 2007. Thanks to Russ Dennett for assistance with this
page. Thanks also to John Butcher for the Hopedale Stable office photo, the artificial ice
article, and the timeline below.
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|In 1870 our establishment was called the Hopedale Stable Company. It was
situated on Hopedale Street opposite Union Street. We dealt primarily in hay,
wood and ice then. In 1901 Hopedale Stable moved to its present location on
Hope Street,and in July 1907, the company was incorporated under its present
name of Hopedale Coal and Ice Company. Milford Daily News, March 30, 1965.
At some point, the Hopedale Stable Company became the Hopedale Coal
Company and the Hopedale Ice Company. After a few years, they were
combined to form Hopedale Coal & Ice Company.
Timeline by John Butcher
The former Hopedale Coal & Ice office, used as a home in
recent years, razed in November 2014. Click here for more
photos of the demolition of Coal & Ice buildings at that time.