Police on patrol at Draper apartments in Prospect Heights, Milford during the strike in 1913.
Strikers in front of the Draper Main Office.

Hopedale History
August 2022
No. 406
Children Sent from Milford

Hopedale in August  


Twenty-five years ago – August 1997Boeing and McDonnell Douglas complete a merger.

Jeanne Calment, the oldest person ever, dies at age 122 years 164 days in Arles, France.

India and Pakistan celebrate 50 years of independence from the United Kingdom.

Diana, Princess of Wales is taken to a hospital after a car accident shortly after midnight, in the Pont de l’Alma road tunnel in Paris. She is pronounced dead at 4:00 am.

Fifty years ago – August 1972 – Senator Thomas Eagleton, the Democratic vice-presidential nominee, withdraws from the race after revealing he had been treated for mental illness.

Arthur Bremer is jailed for 63 years for shooting George Wallace.

The Republican National Convention in Miami Beach, Florida renominates U.S. President Richard Nixon and Vice President Spiro Agnew for a second term.

John Wojtowicz, 27, and Sal Naturile, 18, hold several Chase Manhattan Bank employees hostage for 17 hours in Gravesend, Brooklyn, N.Y. (an event later dramatized in the film Dog Day Afternoon).

The 1972 Summer Olympics are held in Munich, West Germany.

One-hundred years ago – August 1922Irish Civil War: General Michael Collins is assassinated in West Cork

Japan agrees to withdraw its troops from Siberia.

Hyperinflation in Germany sees the value of the papiermark against the dollar rise to 1,000.

The last hunted California grizzly bear is shot.


Children Sent from Milford

Framingham Evening Transcript
May 24, 1913

This article is about activities connected to the strike of the IWW against the Draper Company. The three-month strike began on April 1, 1913. Most of the workers who were striking lived in Milford.

Escorted by the Milford Bertone Band and 250 men, women and children, some 20 children were sent by special (trolley) car to Providence this afternoon where homes were temporarily given them.

The band played the Marseilles and labor hymns, and boarded the car with the children. With them went also Miss Palmyra Merolini, Nathan Herman of Waltham, and Caleb S. Howard of Quincy. At Providence, after alighting from the car, a parade was formed and the party marched to Federal Hill. The leaders conducted a meeting there, and returned to Boston. They will be here tomorrow morning.

It has been the general opinion that because Milford has no specific by-law restricting or governing street parades that paraders were free from such restraint. Lawyers pointed out that such sidewalk assemblies as those Friday and Saturday here were within the scope of legal restraint and inhibition under the bylaw adopted by Milford in May 1871, and never repealed, although somewhat added to about 12 years ago.

This says: “If three or more persons shall stand in a group or near to each other on any sidewalk in such manner as to obstruct a free passage for foot passengers, after a request to move on made by any police officers or constable, they shall be fined not less than $2 or more than $50.” There is every probability that this bylaw will be enforced after tomorrow.

The usual police guard was on duty about the Draper tenements on Water Street and in Hopedale, while reserves were in readiness for any duty that might arise. The Metropolitan details were called back. To supply any loss thus sustained details of 12 police from Newton in charge of a sergeant and from Southboro and other towns in the county arrived in Hopedale last evening and were assigned.

Excepting many walking parties of strikers about the outskirts and the usual meeting this forenoon, there was no activity by them today. The police were inactive.

Thanks to Anita Danker for this article.

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