This was one of five houses on the 2007 tour of historic
    Hopedale houses. Click here to see all of them.

August 1955 - Flood in Spindleville.

Sixty-five years ago - August 1955 - flood at Draper Corporation. above

Oak Street, c.1913 - 1916

Hopedale in August 2020

Hopedale in July

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    A few more new words in the Merriam-
    Webster dictionary in 1920

    The postcard caption says, "...lookikng South," but with the stone wall on the right,
    it must be looking north. The Griffin-Dennett Apartments are now on the left.

Section of Greene Street mentioned in the article.

    There's something happening here
    What it is ain't exactly clear.

    The photo above was sent by Steve Haynes. He said, " My father, Donald Haynes (light colored shirt), is second from the
    right, just behind the older gentleman who's one of the main subjects of the picture. I think it would be around 1950 judging
    from my father's age. It would be nice to know who the woman is, and any others."

    If you can identify anyone in the picture, please email the name(s) to me, and I'll pass them on to Steve.

    A few days after posting this, I received the following from Bill Redden. "About the group picture of a lady receiving
    something from an employee, possibly a retiring office worker.  Reference the Steve Haynes (who ran the Automatic Screw
    Machines) picture, Appears to have been taken in the Screw Department (Commonly called the 'Screw Shop') I also
    recognized the employee standing directly behind the ladies head as my FATHER (Reginald (Reg.) Redden.  Amazing!"

    The back of the Draper plant, with a little patch of
    goldenrod to make it look bright and cheery.

    Town Park tennis court - a good place to  get a
    drink - or a bath - or a drink of your bath water.

The wind in the willows - August 4.

    Pictures above and right taken on
    August 5. The Highway Department
    removed the tree the next day.

    Another nearby tree, but
    evidently not on town-owned
    land, came down also. I didn't
    get a close look, but I was told
    it's a walnut tree.

Click here for the Milford News article.

    Not far from the walnut tree that
    came down, I saw another,
    smaller one, with some nuts on
    the ground below it. At first I
    thought it was a black walnut,
    but after looking it up in books
    and online, I think it's more likely
    that it's an English walnut. It's
    too early in the season for the
    nuts to have the familiar English
    walnut appearance.

    Storm drain guard. There is one on each of the three storm
    drains on Hopedale Street from the Social Street intersection
    to near the southern end of the Draper plant. That's the area
    mentioned in the Milford News article about demolition.

August 8
Test results from July 28 to August 11.

    "I dedicate this paragraph to the shop bell, that worthy instrument for
    tolling off the divisions of Hopedale time, callilng all good people to
    their daily labors and closing the day with the ancient admonition to
    cover one's fires for the night." wrote Merrill.

    "The daily rites of ringing the shop bell perpetuate a cusom of long
    ago and link us closely with the past. Here is a thread of continuity
    running unbroken through the years when other remnants of antiquity
    have all but disappeared, the places thereof knowing them no more.

    "I first heard the shop bell ring curfew on the evening of my arrival so
    long ago. (1910) I heard it open the gates of day next morning at six. I
    heard it call people to work at seven, and again at one. I have heard it
    perform this routine thousands of times in amost half a century, and
    its sound falls as pleasantly on my ear as when I first heard it."
    Charles Merrill.

    Click here for more of Merrill's memories of the shop bell, and of
    Hopedale when he arrived here in 1910, in his recollections titled,
    Hopedalle As I Found It.

    Photo from Bill Redden, who wrote, "My very early bird Nadine caught this beautiful
    shot of the sunrise over Hopedale Pond yesterday morning." (August 13)

    This brief history of the Upton CCC camp is from the
    Friends of Upton State Forest summer newsletter.
                                                  History of the Upton CCC Camp                             

    Hopedale Council on Aging outreach coordinator Nancy Mosher
    visiting with Tom Fee. Click here to go to a Milford News article on how
    Councils on Aging in the area are dealing with the covid situation.

    From the First Annual Report of the Park Commissioners, 1899.

    "This land under the ownership of the town is protected for all time
    from unsightly damage, such as the destruction of the timber and
    from further opening up of gravel beds. It includes the only good
    patches of pine timber left in this immediate section, and also some
    very attractive groves of other varieties. As access at the present
    time is rather difficult, the inhabitants of the town can hardly
    appreciate the natural beauty of the scenery included in this tract of
    land; but when a system of park roads and bridges can be afforded,
    they will undoubtedly prove that the voters showed wisdom in their
    anticipation of future necessities."

Draper shipping room. August 20
August 21, 2020

    I wish it would rain. Nanci does, too.

    Five or six hours after posting this, a
    thunderstorm started. It rumbled on for
    hours. We got quite a lot of rain with it.
    Thank you, Nanci, although it seems that
    you overdid it in some places.

    Click here to go to the article on a page
    on the G&U eminent domain issue.