Clare Draper
Margaret Draper Boncompagni
The Clare Draper home. Memorial School is now on that site.

Hopedale History
March 2024
No. 425
Hopedale in 1924 – Part 3

 Hopedale in March   


Twenty-five years ago – March 1999 – Former Warsaw Pact members Hungary, Poland, and the Czech Republic join NATO.

Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones become the first to circumnavigate the Earth in a hot air balloon.

NATO launches air strikes against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, marking the first time NATO has attacked a sovereign state.

Fifty years ago – March 1974 – End of five-month oil embargo by most OPEC nations against the United States, Europe, and Japan which had caused the 1973 oil crisis.

The Terracotta Army of Qin Shi Huang is discovered at Xi’an, China.

Launch of the Volkswagen Golf in West Germany, a modern front-wheel drive hatchback which is expected to replace the iconic Volkswagen Beetle, holder of the world record for the car with the most units produced.

One-hundred years ago – March 1924 – The first attempt to fly around the world began as four Douglas World Cruiser airplanes, piloted by members of the United States Army Air Service, departed from Santa Monica, California,.Of the four aircraft, two would return to Seattle 175 days later on September 28.

The first modern mutual fund, the Massachusetts Investors Trust, was introduced by Edward G. Leffler with an open-ended policy that allowed investors to withdraw their account money at any time from the collective investment.

The Virginia General Assembly passed the Racial Integrity Act, amending the state’s racial classification law which had provided that a person was considered to be “colored” if they had a great-grandparent who was African-American. The amendment enacted the “one-drop rule“, which provided that a person was considered non-white if it was shown that they had any ancestor who was African-American. The 1924 Act had what was called the “Pocahontas Clause” providing that a person with an American Indian ancestor would be considered white if they were 15/16ths European

News items above are from Wikipedia. For Hopedale news from 15, 50 and 100 years ago, see below the textbox.


Hopedale in 1924 – Part 3

From The Milford Gazette

September 5 – A special town meeting will be held at Uxbridge, this evening, to act on the petition of the New England Power Co. to string high tension wires across town to furnish power to the Draper plant here.

September 12 Wickliffe Draper has sailed from New York for three years of big game shooting in India.

September 19 – Louis Leoncini and Arnold Redgrave have enrolled at the Mass. Agricultural College.

Eben Sumner Draper, 14-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. B.H.B. Draper has been granted permission by the probate court to drop the use of his middle name.

September 26 – An operation for goiter was performed Tuesday on Mrs. John Holbrook at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston.

October 17 – John Caselli, 28 years old, dropped a 22 calibre revolver which he was cleaning Monday, and the weapon discharged sending the bullet into the groin and inflicting a severe and painful wound. The man was attended by Dr.F. D. White at the Milford hospital and no attempt was made to probe for the bullet until the day following the accident.

October 24 – Herbert Durgin of Louisiana was the guest of local relatives Tuesday, being en route for Maine, where he will spent the winter. He made the trip by automobile.

November 7 – While setting up pins at his father’s bowling alley Tuesday, (at the Harrison block) Elmer Butterfield was struck in the head by a bounding ball and was taken to the Milford hospital in an unconscious condition. He was  discharged Wednesday.

November 14 – Adeline Wilson, 7 years old, died of black diphtheria Sunday at a contagious hospital in Worcester where she had been taken Friday. The child’s mother was removed to Worcester Sunday, suffering from the same disease.

November 21 – Marion Enos and Esther Negrotti received the guest tickets given annually by Quinshipaug Woman’s Club for excellence in high school studies.

November 28 – The address of Payson Smith, state commissioner of education, before the Community House Woman’s Club Tuesday was one of much interest and worthy of deep afterthought. He outlined the big problem of education today, the personal adjustment of the young to the intricate civilization of the world.

December 5 – Harold Durgin has sold his cigar and candy business in the Town Hall building to Warren Williams.

Eugene L. Tinkham left for New York last night and will sail tomorrow for a three months’ business trip for the Draper Corporation in Italy, France, Switzerland and Belgium,.

December 12 – While pouring molten iron at the Draper plant foundry Friday morning, Alphonse Calabrese of Milford was painfully burned about the face and eyes where the metal spattered from moisture on the mould. He was taken to the Worcester Memorial Hospital, where it is hoped to save the eyesight.

December 19 – A goodly number enjoyed the Old Timer’s dance last Thursday in Town Hall. The Paramount orchestra made a favorable impression on its first appearance. Refreshments were served.

December 26 Mr and Mrs. Clare H. Draper had as Christmas guests Princess Boncompagni and Mr. and Mrs. Harry Charlot of New York, besides their two sons, Clare H., jr., and George.

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