During World War II, many patrons of the Town Hall Spa (located where the Town Common is
now) brought photos of family members serving in the armed forces to the Spa, where they were
displayed on a wall. In the 1990s, the pictures were given to the Bancroft Library, framed and hung
in a downstairs hallway. There are ten of them, with approximately eighteen photos each. In nine,
all are identified, but as you can see, in the one above, most are not identified. If you recognize any
of them, please let me know and the name(s) will be added. Here's a link to my email.
place where it wouldn't be too far from the truth to say everyone knew everyone. So why were some
left unidentified? My guess is that most of the unidentified weren't from Hopedale. Probably most of
the people who went into the Spa lived here, but not all.
photo at top of this page, and enlarged and a much better view in the third picture) standing on a
sidewalk with a dark uniform was my dad, Guido D. Noferi. This picture was probably taken when
he was on leave from basic training from Camp Croft in S. Carolina around December, 1943. This
was just prior to shipping off to Italy as part of the 88th Infantry Div.. BTW, my dad’s sister, Azelia
Noferi was married to Larry Heron.
believe the soldier in the last photo on the page (on the right) is Gilbert Moore . His daughter,
Elaine , graduated HHS in 1961. She has passed away. He also had a son, Skip, who lives in TN.
I checked with my sister and she believes it to be him also.
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