Inman Street in 1920, looking north toward the corner of Elm Street.

The corner of Inman and Elm.

    Inman Street - Building the fieldstone curbs that used to be in all of the
    Draper neighborhoods. The house at the end is on Lower Jones Road.

37 to 49 Inman Street - c. 1913.

49 - 51 Inman Street

    When we first moved to Inman Street in 1970, we had a neighbor
    whose name was Lynwood Wrenn. His parents had lived on the
    street since the houses were first built, or shortly after. He told us
    that the street had been named for the Inman Farm that had been
    here before Drapers bought the land and built the houses. The
    owner may have been Fenner Inman. He was listed in the census
    of 1850 and also 1860.

    Click here for more on Delano Patrick including a map showing his
    land that is referred to in the article above.

    The National Register Nomination, (page for Inman Street houses below) which the Historical Commission had done when it
    applied for National Park Service recognition of a Hopedale Historic District, gave the years ca.1913 and ca.1916 for the building
    of houses on Inman Street. None were listed as having been built after that. I know that the NRN has some mistakes in at least
    several cases when giving the year houses were built. With the ca., i suppose they could be off by five years or so, but in the case
    of the house where I grew up, it was off by 18 years. Consequently, I'm inclined to believe the Milford Gazette article saying 14
    were completed in 1921. To find out which ones were built first, I went to the Bancroft Library to look over poll tax lists and street
    listings. The earliest poll tax book is for 1916. It gives street names but not numbers. I was hoping to find some of the same
    names in the first street listing book, which was for 1922, but it also gave the previous year's address for each resident. Of the
    eight names on Inman Street in 1916, only one was there in 1921. That was Wilson at Number 3. Assuming that the Wilson family
    didn't move during those years, it means that the end of the street where the rock was removed was done first. That would make
    sense if the plan from the start was to use that rock for foundations for all the houses on the street. However, other sources
    indicate that most of the houses north of the Elm Street intersection were completed several years before those south of the
    intersection. Probably the stone came from the south end, but they didn't build on that site until later.

    I found it interesting to see that the 1921-22 list contained a number of names that were still on Inman Street when we moved
    here in 1970; in most cases the next generation. They include Scott, Adams, Wrenn, Gorman, Gould, and Scahill.

    To clear lots for numbers 1-3, 5-7, and 9-11 Inman Street, a large amount of rock was blasted and removed. At the time that was
    done, there was still a good deal of space where houses could have been built that were no further from the Draper plant, so I
    wondered why they did that. Then it occurred to me that it served a double purpose. In addition to providing space for three more
    duplexes, it also provided rock for foundations. It seems likely that the house foundations on the rest of Inman Street and possibly
    elsewhere came from here. The rock breaks leaving flat surfaces so it would have been much better for building foundations than
    most of the other rock found around town. Similar rock, just below this area, on Dutcher Street, was removed and probably also
    used for foundations. Thanks to my son, DJ for identifying the rock for me and sending a pdf from the Office of the Massachusetts
    State Geologist. It's quartzite. The geologist who studied it, named it Hopedale quartzite. It's a metamorphic form of sandstone.
    The pdf included the picture below. It shows unweathered quartzite. I presume that it's because of its iron content that as it
    weathers, it becomes rusty looking. Click here for more on the geology of the area.

    When Tammie Road was being constructed, it was necessary to blast a lot of rock. Further up the street, they'd been able to do the
    work without using matts. It didn't occur to the men, who were perhaps learning the job as they went along, that the quartzite was
    different. When the charge went off at the end near Inman Street, a large amount of rock went all over the road, and some of it hit a
    couple of the houses. Reno Caprini, who lived in one of them, was quite unhappy about the situation. At the time, my son, DJ, was
    working for the summer at Consolidated Coatings, one of a dozen or so companies operating out of one of the Draper buildings.
    He said it was probably 1985, and it would have been at least a half hour after the blast went off when he waked by on his way
    home. The men were still picking rocks up out of the road.. A couple of days later I went down and brought back a few dozen
    pieces. I have a wall in the backyard made from them.

Now and Then - Inman Street

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    If you compare the second house on the right (just past the big tree trunk) in this view, with the fourth
    picture from the top of the page, (the one with the kids standing in a very unfinished street) you'll
    probably notice the porch roofs on the house in the foreground have changed. A few years ago, the
    owner decided he preferred the peaked roof look to the shed roof style and changed them.

House on left, near side - World Headquarters.

At the intersection of Inman and Beech streets, this is one of the few remaining Draper-era garages.

Numbers 1-3, 5-7 and 9-11.

    The three photos above show the rock behind 1-3, 5-7 and 9-11 Inman Street. The picture below
    shows where it extends out to the edge of Inman Street, near the corner of Tammie Road.

Section of a Draper house foundation.

    By the mid-80s when these houses on Tammie Road were being built, the time had long passed
    since stone was being used for foundations, but some of the quartzite was used for walls.

Hopedale Village Historic District National Register Nomination

    The pictures below are from Draper photography department films in the Bancroft
    Library Hopedale history collection. I would have included them with the other early
    pictures at the top of this page but I found them long after I had first put this page
    together. There's just too much here to be dragging down to make room for the
    additions. The pictures of individual houses are in envelopes all dated 7-22-21. Also
    "Copied 1-27-60. The first three below are from negatives. The individual house
    photos are on translucent film which at a glance appear that they are negatives, but
    are actually positives. I'm sure a photography studio could get better results, but the
    advantage of the procedure that I use to put them up here is that it's free.

Above and below - Intersection of Inman and Elm streets in 1920.

I'm not sure if this is 6-8 Inman or 18-20 Inman.

    The house on the other Inman-Elm corner (3 Elm Street) is a mirror image of the house shown
    above. The house at the corner of Inman and Beech was also built to the same plan.

    It appears that most of the houses on Inman Street between Elm and Lower Jones were built
    in 1913 and the ones between Elm and Beech were built in 1920-21. One exception is 33-35,
    shown below, which was built with the second part of the development. I vaguely recall Arline
    (Peterson) Belmore, who lived at 35 for many years, saying that she had heard that the
    workers who had started building the house went on strike before it was finished. It was
    completed by another company, and as a result there were some differences between the two
    sides of the house (inside, not visible from the outside) that would not have occurred
    otherwise. The house at 3 Elm Street, and possibly one or two beyond that were also part of
    the second building period.