Henry Patrick’s Store as it looked in 1919. It was between the Bancroft Library and the Harrison Block. The watering trough is now at the corner of Hopedale and Adin streets.

Patrick's employees in front of the store.
The meat department.

Patrick’s Corner Store. It was located at the corner of Hopedale and Mendon streets, where Stone’s Furniture is now.

Hopedale History
April 2024
No. 426
Henry Patrick Stores

 Hopedale in April  


Twenty-five years ago – April 1999 Nunavut, an Inuit homeland, is created from the eastern portion of the Northwest Territories to become Canada’s third territory.

Two Libyans suspected of bringing down Pan Am Flight 103 in 1988 are handed over to Scottish authorities for eventual trial in the Netherlands.

In Laramie, Wyoming, Russell Henderson pleads guilty to kidnapping and felony murder, in order to avoid a possible death penalty conviction for the apparent hate crime killing of Matthew Shepard.

Columbine High School massacre: Two Littleton, Colorado, teenagers, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, open fire on their teachers and classmates, killing 12 students and 1 teacher, and then themselves.

Fifty years ago – April 1974 – Two months after being kidnapped, Patty Hearst announced in an audiotape that she had joined her captors at the Symbionese Liberation Army and that she had adopted the name “Tania” for the SLA.

Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves hit his 715th career home run in a 7 to 4 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers, breaking the record held by Babe Ruth since Ruth’s retirement in 1935. Earlier in the game, Aaron had broken another mark set by another Hall of Fame player, Willie Mays‘s National League record of 2,062 runs scored in a career. Aaron would retire in 1976 with a career record of 755 home runs.

Chris Kyle, American sniper for the U.S. Navy SEALs, later a best-selling author; in Odessa, Texas. In the course of his career, he had 160 confirmed kills of targets between 2003 and 2009 during the Iraq War. Kyle was shot and killed with his own .45 caliber pistol by another retired Navy SEAL in 2013.

The bipartisan Judiciary Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives voted, 33 to 3, to subpoena U.S. President Nixon to submit the actual tape recordings of 42 specific conversations in the Oval Office

President Nixon announced that, instead of releasing tape recordings, requested by the House Judiciary Committee, he had instead arranged to have some, but not all, transcribed by his staff. They did not include the June 23, 1972 tape that would ultimately show that Nixon had ordered the halting of further FBI investigation into the burglary. The edited 1,200 pages of transcripts were known for using the phrase “expletive deleted” in place of profanities used during the conversations by the President and his staff.

One-hundred years ago – April 1924Adolf Hitler is sentenced to 5 years in Landsberg Prison in Germany for his participation in the 1923 Beer Hall Putsch (he serves less than 9 months).

American media company Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) is founded in Los Angeles through the merger of Metro Pictures, Goldwyn Pictures, and Louis B. Mayer Pictures.

An explosion in a mine at the Wheeling Steel Corporation in Benwood, West Virginia, United States, kills 119 men.

News items above are from Wikipedia. For Hopedale news from 25, 50 and 100 years ago, see below this textbox.


Henry Patrick Stores
Founded 80 Years Ago

Milford Daily News

June 1, 1949 – In 1869, a young man of 23, Henry Patrick, founded a business which in the next 80 years was to become a tradition in the Hopedale community of Milford, which later became the town of Hopedale.

He was a farsighted man, usually ahead of his time in his methods and thinking. When he opened the Corner store, it was one of the first, if not the first “Cash and Carry Store” in New England. So it is in keeping with the traditions already a part of its community background and with modern methods which have come to be generally accepted that the Henry Patrick Co. has entered upon its present program.

Modernize Business

This program contemplates retaining all that is good of the old traditions and at the same time modernizing the interior and exterior of it’s stores and their surroundings, offering merchandise at competitive prices, and otherwise improving its service.

The company has separated the operations of the dry goods department and has installed it in the new “Patrician Room,” where high quality merchandise is on display at attractive prices. New meat, fish, fruit, and vegetable departments have been equipped with the latest in refrigeration and display cases where choice prepackaged meats, frozen delicacies and fresh fruits and vegetables are perfectly kept and attractively displayed.

To Remodel Exterior

The grocery department has been modernized and the goods are now displayed on modern shelves and gondolas which makes the customer’s choice of articles easy and shopping a pleasure.

Ample room within the store will permit of the old-time neighborly visiting that is so much a part of the Patrick tradition and large parking space has been provided for customer’s cars.

On June 16 the company will formally open its Main store as a “Cash and Carry Unit” retaining its credit and delivery services for those who care to avail themselves of them. However, that is not all, for as soon as possible the company intends to do over the outside of its stores and the grounds around them so that they will be in keeping with their surroundings.

Next month – Rico Calarese buys the Henry Patrick stores.

   Ezine Menu          HOME  

Twenty-five years ago – April 1999

Hopedale in April 1974

Hopedale in April 1924


   Ezine Menu          HOME