Words first in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary in 1997.

Here are more pictures that were left at the Hopedale Pharmacy decades ago, but not picked up. Please let me know if you recognize any of these people. You can use the email link on the homepage.

Mike Cyr put the picture of the nuns on a Milford Facebook page.  There must have been at least ten names suggested. No consensus. They’re definitely Sisters of St. Joseph. That was the order that taught at St. Mary’s in Milford.


These pictures are of Hopedale’s “country doctor,” Dr. Kleber Campbell, who was in Hopedale from 1900 up to the early 1950s. His home and office were at 82 Hopedale Street, which is next to where the post office is now. Click here to read about Dr. Campbell.

Strike scene from the movie, Norma Rae. Click on the picture to see it. There are Draper looms in the room. You can recognize them as Draper looms by the bobbin batteries.

These photos, courtesy of the American Antiquarian Society, were taken in the 1890s. Thanks to Mike Cyr, who told me about them a few years ago.

Upper left – Main Street, Milford. The Thom Building on the left is still there, and easy to recognize with those columns. I’ve heard that the different colors are because the stones came from different Milford quarries.

Above – Dutcher Street, Hopedale. The Dutcher house on the left is still there. The Gen. Draper house on the right was razed and replaced by Hopedale High School in 1927

Left – On the back it says  “Cider barn.” It was in Mendon.

If you click on the photos, it will take you to a page of more AAS photos of that town. The AAS also has pictures taken by the same photographer of many other Worcester County towns.

Click above to go to a page about the "banished words."

Photo sent by Andrea Sprague. The Draper Corp. owned many acres of forests for shuttles, bobbins and other wooden parts and products that they produced. My guess is this load of logs was headed to either their bobbin plant in Beebe River, New Hampshire, or one in Tupper Lake, New York.

Cutting ice on Hopedale Pond. Click here for more pictures.
Click here for video of cutting ice on Lake Nipmuc, filmed in the late 1930s.


On the left – Birdbath in my front yard, which gives me a good idea of the total snowfall before I go out on days like today.

From The Boston Globe – As of 2:21 p.m., snow tallies posted to the National Weather Service website included 15.2 inches in the area of the Blue Hills Reservation in Milton, 14.4 in Westwood, 13.5 in Norwood, 13.5 in Walpole, 13 in Weymouth, 12.3 in Sharon, 12 in Medfield, 12 in Randolph, 11.8 in Dedham, 11.5 in Franklin, 10.8 in Millis, 12 in Winthrop, 11.2 in Boston at Logan Airport, 12 in Northbridge, 12 in Douglas, 11 in Milford, 10.2 in Grafton, and 10 in Whitinsville.

Click on the headline to go to the article.

Nothing happening on the former Draper site recently. Nothing obvious, anyway. Click here for pictures from the last few months.

January 18. With cold weather, and shallow water, I didn’t expect to see any open water. Maybe it’s the wind that kept it from freezing. Also, water flows into the pond from the right in this picture, but that didn’t used to prevent it from being covered with ice by this time.

Colorful sky on the evening of January 20.

Above left – Rosenfeld Drive.       Right – Google Earth view of the area.


Pictures from the winter of 2015. On January 27, parts of Worcester County were buried under 31 inches of snow. Click on any of the pictures to see what it looked like around here from January through March.

Inman Street on January 30. Here is is, all cleaned up on a beautiful blue sky day. Over a foot of snow came down the day before.

Hopedale in January 2022

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