Above – The original home of Frank and Martha Dutcher. Below – The home they built after their first house was struck by lightning and burned.

The house at 36 Adin Street was originally the home of Herbert Goddard, and later, Wallace Stimpson. In more recent times, it was the home of Judge Francis and Virginia Larkin.

Above – The General Draper home. Below – General Draper High School, built on the site where his home had been. The site was given to the town by Margaret Preston Draper (Princess Boncmpagni), daughter of the general and his wife, Susan Preston Draper.

Above – The home of Gov. Eben Sumner Draper and Nannie Bristow Draper. The home was razed and replaced with the one shown in the picture below, by their son, Eben Sumner Draper, Jr.

Above – The home of George Albert and Jessie Preston Draper. The home was demolished and the one shown below was built by Benjamin Helm Bristow Draper, jr

Above – Originally the home of Frances Draper Colburn, and later her nephew Clare Hill Draper and family, it was razed and is now the site of Memorial School.

Above – The original look of the home of William Lapworth and family at 85 Adin Street. Below – The house after remodeling.

Hopedale History
July 2024
No. 429
Residence Changes – 1940

Hopedale in July  


Twenty-five years ago – July 1999 – American soccer player Brandi Chastain scores the game winning penalty kick against China in the final of the FIFA Women’s World Cup.

India recaptures Kargil, forcing the Pakistani army to retreat. India announces victory, ending the 2-month conflict.

Woodstock 99 was held in Rome, New York at former Griffiss Air Force Base, which was marred with difficult environmental conditions, poor sanitation, overpriced food and water, looting, violence, rapes, riots and several deaths.

Fifty years ago – July 1974 – Watergate prosecutor Leon Jaworski and U.S. President Nixon’s attorney James D. St. Clair appeared before the U.S. Supreme Court to make oral arguments on the issue of whether Nixon’s refusal to release 64 tape recordings, relevant to the Watergate scandal, were protected by executive privilege

 Railcar explosion in Decatur, Illinois. A tanker car collides with a Norfolk & Western boxcar. Seven people are killed, 349 are injured and $18 million in property damage

General Vo Nguyen Giap of the People’s Army of Vietnam gave the go-ahead to General Hoang Van Thai for preparation for the conquest of South Vietnam, starting with a preparatory mission on December 13, 1974 and a larger general offensive to complete the reunification of Vietnam, under Communist rule, by the end of 1976. South Vietnam would be conquered less than five months after the start of the invasion, with Saigon falling on April 30, 1975.

One-hundred years ago – July 1924United States occupation of the Dominican Republic (1916–24) comes to an end. The constitutional government headed by General Horacio Vázquez, elected in the elections held in March, is established

Full time airmail service began in the U.S. with a fleet of airplanes transporting the mail day and night.

The Caesar salad was created in Mexico by Italian-born restaurateur Caesar Cardini at his restaurant in Tijuana, Caesar’s. According to the Cardini family, Caesar had been unprepared for the large number of Americans crossing the border to legally purchase liquor at his eatery during the long Fourth of July weekend, and conserved his available supply of food by putting together the large salad in the middle of the dining room

British track athlete Harold Abrahams, an English Jew who faced anti-Semitic prejudice, won the 100 meter sprint at the Summer Olympics in Paris. His friend Eric Liddell, a Scottish Christian missionary, had not entered the 100m dash because he had refused to run on a Sunday, the day of the qualifying heats. Abrahams, whose story was profiled in the Academy Award winning 1981 film Chariots of Fire, finished in 10.6 seconds, one-tenth of a second ahead of the heavily-favored entrant from the U.S., Jackson Scholz.

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


Many Changes in Hopedale
Residences in Recent Years

Milford Daily News
April 15, 1940

With the razing of the former Burgess house on Adin Street, older residents call to mind the many changes wrought by time to nearly a dozen houses in that vicinity. Of that number, five have been wrecked, several have been moved to other sites, and the remainder have been razed to be supplanted by other homes. (In spite of searching poll tax lists from 1917 to 1919, and street listing books from 1920 to 1940, the Burgess name hasn’t turned up, so I don’t know the street number of the house. In the next paragraph, you’ll see that it was near the Stimpson home, which was at 36 Adin Street.

This change has taken place during the past 20 years. The Burgess house, one of the oldest on the street, was erected for Frank Fay, about 1880. Nearby is the home of the late Wallace I Stimson, which at present is being remodeled, having been purchased by the Draper Corp. This house was built for Herbert Goddard about 1875. Oakledge, estate of the late Frank J. Dutcher, adjoins the Stimpson boundary. The present Dutcher home was built to replace the original house, which was damaged by lightning over 30 years ago. (The former Oakledge is now owned by the Seven Hills Foundation.)

On the opposite side of the street, stood for many years the home of John R. Graham, gardener for the Dutcher family. This cottage was razed shortly after the erection of the Gen. Draper High School in 1927. The Gen. Draper mansion and stable were also razed to make way for the school building.

The present residence of Col. Eben S. Draper is nearby the site of his father’s house, the late Gov. Draper, which was wrecked, and across the street is the B.H. Bristow Draper, Jr. estate, the house having been erected on the site of the George Albert Draper mansion., razed to permit the building of the present house. (66 Adin Street.) Nearby, is the foundation of the former Clare H. Draper home, which was razed. (That’s now the site of Memorial School.) This large house was built by the late Mrs. Frances Draper Colburn.

Near the Lapworth house (85 Adin Street) stood for many years a two-story house, built by the late Henry L. Kinsley, later owned by Eben S. Draper and occupied by Clare H. Draper and C. Fred Butterworth. This house was razed about 16 years ago. The O’Connell house erected about 1875 was moved from its foundation last year to its present site on Hopedale Street. (That house was razed in 2017, along with several others on both sides of Mendon Street, west of Hopedale Street.)

These are some of the changes which have been brought about in this residential section, on a street which in 1886, when the town was founded, comprised a group of half a dozen homes. The main thoroughfare in the early days being what is now Mendon Street.

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