By 1926, Goddard had constructed and successfully tested the
first rocket using liquid fuel. Indeed, the flight of Goddard’s rocket
on March 16, 1926, at Auburn, Massachusetts, was as significant
to history as that of the Wright brothers at Kitty Hawk. NASA
For the reason for Goddard's appearance in Hopedale in 1921,
see December 9 in the article below.
Hopedale in 1921, Part 3
Hopedale in March
Parklands/G&U Issue Recent Milford News articles added.
Draper Plant Demolition
Twenty-five years ago – March 1996 - Iraq disarmament crisis: Iraqi forces refuse UNSCOM
inspection teams access to five sites designated for inspection. The teams enter the sites only
after delays of up to seventeen hours.
Unemployed former shopkeeper Thomas Hamilton walks into the Dunblane Primary School in
Scotland and opens fire, killing sixteen infant school pupils and one teacher before committing
Fifty years ago – March 1971 - A bomb explodes in the men's room at the United States Capitol;
the Weather Underground claims responsibility.
The Ed Sullivan Show airs its final episode.
U.S. Army Lieutenant William Calley is found guilty of 22 murders in the My Lai Massacre and
sentenced to life in prison (he is later pardoned).
A Los Angeles jury recommends the death penalty for Charles Manson and female followers
Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel and Leslie Van Houten.
News items above are from Wikipedia. For Hopedale news from 25, 50 and 100 years
ago, see below this text box.
Hopedale in 1921, Part 3
Items from the weekly Milford Gazette,
September 2 – Capt. Eben S. Draper and Chief S.E. Kellogg took 18 men to Worcester Tuesday
to take out first naturalization papers.
At the recent Dover field day, the Draper Corp. firemen won the second prize in the dry hose
coupling contest; time 11 seconds flat, and captured first in the relay; time three minutes and 17
seconds. On Labor Day morning, they will enter the contests in Milford, and in Ashland in the
September 9 – Several Milford young men were caught stealing apples here Friday and were
detained by Officer Drisko. They were released after a reprimand.
September 16 – The superintendents and main office force of the Draper Corporation held their
annual outing Saturday afternoon at the Sherborn playground, dinner being served at the Hynson
farm at Natick at the close of an amusing card of sports for which prizes were presented. The
single men defeated the married men at baseball, 4 to 1.
September 23 – Mrs. Jessie E. Roberts has instituted suit for $5000 against Charles W. Russell
of Upton. Mrs. Roberts was struck by the Russell automobile Sept 8, sustaining a fractured leg.
September 30 – Kleber Campbell has resumed his studies at Yale College, and Robert Austin
has entered the same institution as a freshman.
Joseph Friedlander has been transferred from Worcester Tech to Brown University.
October 7 – Francis Martin has entered Tufts College. Miss Mabel Arey has resumed her studies
at the Emerson College of Oratory, being enrolled in the junior class.
Of the 79 graduates for the high school in the past eight years, 29 have gone directly to college.
At present, four are at Brown, two at Yale, two at Worcester Tech, one at Tufts Dental School, two
at Boston University and one at Wellesley.
October 21 – Mrs. William Nelson is ill with typhoid fever at the home of her daughter in
The Hopedale Mandolin Club played at Framingham Monday for an entertainment of the Knights
The League of Women Voters will present the play, “How Maggie McTaggart Became a Citizen,” in
Town Hall Thursday evening,
A wage reduction of relatively ten percent will become effective at the Draper plant next week.
November 4 – Miss Marjorie Arnold celebrated her seventh birthday Friday afternoon by
entertaining a number of her young friends at a Halloween party.
On the Town Park Saturday, the soccer eleven lost to the Norton A.A. of Worcester 2 to 1.
November 11 – The Draper plant is not observing Armistice Day today, but all employees who
desire to take the holiday were given permission to do so.
November 18 – Robinson Billings and Arthur Sadler are ill with the mumps.
Under the auspices of the Legion, exercises in observance of Armistice Day were held Friday
noon before the honor roll. The speaker was Rev. C.F. Niles and a double male quartet sang.
November 25 – The Hopedale soccer eleven was defeated here by Whitinsville Saturday, 4 to 2
in a disagreeable snow storm.
The no-school signal was sounded Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday on account of the
dangerous condition of the highways resulting from the ice storm.
December 2 – Joseph M. Katz and Miss Sadie Miller, both of Worcester, were marred Sunday by
Rabbi Nathan Fletcher of Milford, at the home of Mrs. Max Kupperman, here. About 150 guests
witnessed the ceremony, which was followed by vocal and instrumental selections and Russian folk
dancing. Refreshments were served. Mr. and Mrs. Katz have gone to Montreal for a wedding trip.
December 9 – George Albert Draper has opened his Boston residence.
Roy E. Westcott and Ted Gabry shot a deer in the Mendon woods, Tuesday.
The Unitarian Men’s Club enjoyed a supper Tuesday evening and an address by Prof. R.H.
Goddard of Clark University on “Experimental development and possibilities of the rocket in high
On account of the damage from the storm last week the Grafton & Upton line has been obliged to
use a steam engine hired from Boston, during the past few days.
December 30 – The valuable Chow dog, consigned to Dana Osgood, which ran away from the
American Express office In Milford, was captured here Friday by Walter F. Durgin and Charles
Lawrence. The express company offered a reward of $25 for the capture of the animal.
Dutcher Street after an ice storm - December 1921
The World War I honor roll can be seen on the Depot Street side of the Town Hall in
this photo. It was the site of the Armistice Day observance in 1921.
Hopedale News - March 1996
Hopedale News - March 1971
Hopedale News - March 1921
Joy to the World - Three Dog Night - A hit from 1971