Cumberland Farms in 2008. The caption then read, "By mid-
    month (November) the price of a gallon of regular had dropped
    below $2.00, and well before the end of the month it was $1.79."

    From Gordon Hopper's history of the fire department: "The earliest piece of motorized equipment was an
    electric chemical truck obtained in 1905.  A second piece of motorized equipment was a hook and ladder
    truck, purchased in 1910 Motorized pumpers started to be used in 1911." Hopper's history also says that
    the chemical wagon was replaced in 1947.

    This post card shows the Draper office in the early twentieth century.
    In 1910-11, it was replaced with a much larger office on the other
    side of Hopedale Street, which is now Atria-Draper Place.

    As you can see here, the sign that has been at the
    corner of Ducher and Adin streets for many years,
    was once at the corner of Dutcher and Freedom.

Gum-fiti by Freedom Street.

The Seven Sisters on Freedom Street.

    The original location of the Seven Sisters on a section of Union Street
    that was discontinued due to the expanding Draper plant. There were
    eight of them on that location. Seven were moved to Freedom Street,
    and the eighth just s short distance to Cemetery Street. Click here for
    more about the Seven Sisters.

    Click here to go to a page about correspondence
    between Ballou and Tolstoy.

    Words that first appeared in the Merriam-
    Webster dictionary in 1920.

September 1995

Next to Route 122 in Rockdale.

    Click here to go to a page of Milford News and Localtownpages
    articles on the G&U Railroad and the Parklands.

Hopedale in September 2020

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    Mary Owanesion's pictures of Hopedale
    buildings at the Bancroft Library.

    Click here to go to a Milford Daily News article about
    Linda and Shawn's recently published book, The Grip.

Nearing the end of another long day - 7:20 PM.

    William Lapworth managed Hopedale Elastic Fabric, which didn't remain
    in business for many years. After it closed,he opened his own business,
    Lapworth Elastic Fabrics in Milford. Here's a page about Lapworth.

September 9

    For back-to-school season, such as it is this year,
    here's Calvin and Hobbes with a little math problem.

    A demolition project near the Freedom Street side of the Draper plant about
    50 years ago. Thanks to Bob Anderson for this photo, and many more.

    The pictures above and below were taken sometime after the Draper
    Gym was built (lower right, 1955) and while the Draper business was
    still booming. Lots of cars in the parking lots. Click here to see more
    aerials of the Draper plant and nearby neighborhoods. I've added
    these and other pictures taken at the same time to a page with aerials
    taken in 1947. Thanks to Bob Anderson for saving them and passing
    them on to me. Here's the first of a series of photos saved by Bob,
    showing workers and machinery in the Draper plant, probably in the
    1960s. Each page has a link to the next page.

    This aerial, also from Bob, shows the Nipmuc Rod &
    Gun Club. It was probably taken in the 1960s or '70.
    Click here for much more on the Rod & Gun Club.

    Sad to report the death on September 13 of Henry "Tip" Stenberg.
    Tip graduated from Hopedale High with the Class of 1958, and had
    been a professor at Salem State College. He grew up at 18 Dutcher
    Street, and in the picture above he's the person on the sidewalk,
    closest to the camera..

Thanks to Doug Scott for this.

September 19

    A big local story of the last few days is about the fall of the balanced
    rock, by Route 16 in Holliston. Here's the MDN story on it.

    Ted Reinstein gave an enjoyable talk, sponsored
    by the Friends of the Library, at the Bancroft
    Library on Saturday, September 26.