West Street land now owned by the G&U Railroad. The picture was taken from Route 140. The road being built by the railroad, shown here, is right between the homes that were the subject of the ezine for July. The Madden house was a little to the left of this area, and the Pest House and Elmhurst Farm are just to the right. Much more land has been cleared by the railroad than shows in this picture. Click here for a page about that issue.
Wow, that was and incredible amount of chestnut removed from the Parklands after the blight had killed nearly all the trees! They still grow there, but by the time they’re 15 to 20 feet tall, they get hit by the blight and die. Below there’s a picture of one. There are probably a few dozen of them, and as far as I’ve noticed, all on the west side.
Here are more pictures of a Hopedale High prom at the Community House. Recognize anyone? Your great-grandparents maybe?
The first Draper Company field day, in 1901, shortly after the town park had been built. The last one was in 1931. I presume that it was the Depression that brought them to an end. Click here to see pictures of the field day in 1922. Here for the 1929 field day. Here for 1931 And here for Draper field day photos on YouTube.
In 1909 the Governor entertained at his beautiful home in Hopedale perhaps the largest party of men in the public service, Republicans and Democrats, ever gathered together at such a function. There were present practically all the members of the Great and General Court, the United States senators from Massachusetts, and the members of the lower branch of Congress, and a number of gentlemen prominent in the political life of the state. Digital Commonwealth Click here to read about Governor Draper.
Thanks to Nancy Arone for this picture. We can see that it was a Hopedale band, and the picture was taken at the Community House, but that’s all. Well, that and that it was evidently made up of a major chunk of the Hopedale population. Click here for more photos of early Hopedale bands.
The green star is one of the reinforcement plates that until last year were on the Freedom Street side of the Draper shop. They’re for sale at the Little Red Shop Museum.