General William F. Draper (Two biographies and several newspaper clippings.)
General Draper: Boyhood in the Hopedale Community
Learning a Trade (William Draper's life from 1858 to 1861)
Letters, 1861 - 1862 (Letters by William Draper written during his first year in the army.)
The Wedding of William Draper and Lilla Joy
Wounded (William Draper's account of being shot during the Battle of the Wilderness)
The Wedding of William Draper and Susan Preston
married men from Kentucky.)
The General Draper Statue
The Missing Statue
General Draper's Swords
George Otis Draper
Edith Draper Blair Daughter of General William and Lilla Draper; married Montgomery Blair, Jr.-
family of the original owners of Blair House in Washington, D.C. The link goes to a condensed
version of Edith's diary written when she was a student at Miss Porter's School. At one time the
entire diary was online, but that's no longer available.
Margaret Draper (Princess Boncompagni, aka Madame Boncompagni) Pictures baby -- adult
Eben S. Draper, Jr. Ruth Draper, stowaway
The Princess Ends the Feud (Or was it Dorothy Draper Gannett .... or someone else??? You
Rich and Famous - (Drapers in the news)
The Draper Companies
The Dutcher Family and Business by Peter Hackett
many other products. This article tells what they were doing in 1896.
The Development of the Northrop Loom
Looms at Work (Pictures of two mills with large numbers of Draper looms at work.)
Now and Then at the Main Office
Drapers Will Hire Women
and North Grantham, NH in the early twentieth century.)
Also Cotton Chats, February 1940. Beebe River 40th anniversary booklet Tupper Lake,
New York (Another Draper bobbin plant)
Draper shop organization chart, c. 1950 (Lots of familiar names for those of you who remember the
company at that time.)
The Draper foundry in 1950 (a Cotton Chats article)
More on the foundry, c. 1950
Harry Pickard retirement party, 1950 (Many photos of Draper management at that time.)
Cotton Chats (Several early issues of the Draper monthly on the website, Digital Treasures.)
Cotton Chats - 1940 1946 1948 1952 1953 1954
The 1955 Flood More Draper flood photos (inside the plant) And more (outside)
Draper's first computer - The UNIVAC, c. 1950s
Roy Rehbein - Working at Draper
Rockwell people were discarding them. Page 1 (machinery and workers - some from the West
Foundry) Page 2 (machinery and workers) Page 3 (machinery and workers) Page 4
(machinery and workers) Page 5 (office workers, executives and meetings) Page 6 (loom
assembly) Page 7 (people) Page 8 (shuttle department) Page 9 (salesmen's book -
captioned photos) Page 10 (the rest of the salesmen's book) Page 11 (more pictures from
inside the shop) Page 12 (building the West Foundry)
The 150,000-gallon oil tank (John Cembruch)
Rockwell sale of property, 1976
The End Is Near (Two Milford News articles on the announcement of the closing of Drapers.)
It's All Over (A Milford News article from 1980 about the closing of the Draper plant.)
The Decline of a Technological Leader: Capability, Strategy, and Shuttleless Weaving, 1945 -
1974. (In this paper, William Mass, writing at the University of Lowell, with funding from the
University of Connecticut, takes a close look at decisions made during the final years of Drapers.)
Developing and Utilizing Technological Leadership, Industrial Research, Vertical Integration, and
Business Strategy at the Draper Company, 1816 - 1930 (Another paper by William Mass,)
Mill Village or Shop Town?
Field Days Draper Field Days slide show on YouTube.
Summary of Edward Spann's Hopedale: Commune to Company Town
the "corporation Drapers."
20th Century Hopedale, Massachusetts.
Hopedale and the Drapers, 1888 (The Springfield Daily Union.)
School in 1929.)
A Draper loom in the 21st century - Pete and Laurie Eaton's amazing restoration of a Draper loom.
included here because, in addition to Joseph's position with the Draper Company, the Drapers and
the Bancrofts were related. Sylvia's sister Anna was married to Ebenezer Draper, and her sister
Hannah was married to George Draper. Also, Joseph was an executive with the various Draper
companies nearly all of his working life, and president of Draper Company for the last couple of
years of his life.
Almon Thwing (Included here because of Thwing's relationship to the Draper family and company
through three of his sisters.)
The Draper Family
Thanks to John Butcher for the Draper Company and Draper
Corporation timeline and Draper family information below.