March 15, 2009
    Hopedale History
    No. 128
    1918

    Hopedale in March

    Plowing Hopedale Pond, c. 1970  

    Wildflowers of Hopedale slideshow on YouTube  

    The Parklands on March 1  

    The Little Red Shop Museum Store – You can order by mail and many prices have been
    reduced.

    And one more time for that popular picture of the kids on the raft. There have been
    some more changes and additions of identifications

    The requests I made last time brought some helpful responses. Two people replied with
    information on whoopee pies, and Lisa DiVittorio volunteered to convert our videotapes
    to DVDs. Tom McGovern has donated a monitor that will soon be installed at the Little
    Red Shop Museum by Larry Macomber. We are in need of a DVD player, so if anyone
    could donate one, that would be a big help. We have a number of Hopedale videos and
    a large number of still pictures which we’ll be able to show when the museum opens.
    Also, we’d like to have many old Hopedale artifacts on display, so if you have anything of
    that sort, please consider donating it to our town museum.

    At our Saturday work party at the Red Shop last week, Sue Ciaramicoli and her picture
    committee hung photos of the Hopedale men who were killed in World War I, World War
    II, Korea and Vietnam. We have newspaper articles on most of them, but nothing on John
    Barr and Joseph L. Miller, both killed in World War II. I’m hoping someone remembers
    them or their families and can help us find information on them. My 1939 street listing
    book gives a John Barr (age 42, so I presume the father) of 22 Oak Street, and a Joseph
    L. Miller, 23, of 10 Northrop Street.

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                                                        June-July 1918

    By the summer of 1918, it had been a bit over a year since the United States had
    entered what is now called World War I. In the little town of Hopedale, there could hardly
    have been anyone who didn’t feel a close connection to the war and those who were in
    the service. Here are several Milford News articles from that time.

    MRS. WARNER IN HOPEDALE   Hopedale, June 20 – An address and demonstration
    was given yesterday afternoon by Mrs. Florence Warner of Worcester on “Wheat
    Substitutes” in the Chapel street schoolhouse, under the direction of the Home
    Economics department of the Quinshipaug Woman’s club. The meeting was well
    attended. Mrs. Warner gave many interesting facts about the necessity of wheat saving.

    TOWN LEADS THE STATE   Hopedale, July 2 – Postmaster Geo P. Sheldon has
    reported 913 pledges for W. S. Stamps, for a total value of $23,015. The town’s quota
    was 759. The total sale of War Saving and Thrift stamps to July 1 is $38,000. The town
    still leads the state.

    HOPEDALE HAS BIG VICTORY CELEBRATION   Hopedale, July 19 – News of the
    American victory in France reached here at about 2 a.m. Immediately, the fire alarm was
    sounded and it was responded to by fully 500 persons. Automobiles were sent out and a
    band was organized under the direction of Peter Gaskill of Mendon and a parade was
    started in charge of the firemen, with the familiar figure of “Bill” Draper, the local
    newsdealer, acting as drum major. A large flag was carried by about 30 men, women and
    children and the line of march was through the principal streets. The bell and whistle on
    the plant of the Draper Corp. were busy during the parade and the chimes on the
    Memorial church were played. It was surely the biggest “victory” demonstration ever held
    in the town.

    What was that big middle-of-the-night celebration all about? I don’t know. When I looked
    at the timeline in firstworldwar.com, I didn't see any huge victories mentioned for that
    month. The nearest event before that date was, “Allies counterattack against German
    forces, seizing initiative.” That evidently refers to the Second Battle of the Marne, but it
    would seem a bit early to be celebrating a victory. (The Great War Society’s website says
    of the battle, “In the Second Battle of Marne with 30,000 killed and wounded, the United
    States started suffering casualties on the enormous scale usually associated with the
    battles of the Great War.”)

    HONOR ROLL OF TWO FAMILIES   Hopedale, July 27 – The residents of Hopedale
    take especial pride in the record of one family in war service, the Ellsworth family. These
    members are included: Captain Frank Ellsworth at OTC, Quantico, Private John
    Ellsworth, Ordnance Machine Gun school, Georgia, Private Bert Ellsworth, U.S. Infantry,
    France, Private Fred Ellsworth, Seventh Arty., Boston Harbor.
    This record is equaled by the four sons of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Cyr, Prospect Heights.
    Their youngest son is at Camp Devens. The other sons are in the service as follows:
    Henry J. Cyr, U.S. Infantry in France, Simon Cyr, U.S. Ammunition Train in France,
    Leonard Adam Cyr, U.S. Infantry in France.

    LIEUT. PIPER, HOPEDALE, ACHIEVED GREAT SUCCESS   Hopedale, July 30 –
    Hopedale has just learned of the success of Lieut. Raymond A. Piper, who volunteered
    some months ago and was successful in passing examinations for the Aviation Section of
    the signal Corps of the Army.

    On passage through the Aviation schools at the Mass. Inst. of Technology, and Cornell
    University, he was sent to the flying schools at Camp Dick, Texas, and later to Park Field,
    Memphis, Tenn. Within the past month, he was graduated and commissioned a
    lieutenant with high standing.

    During his course of training Lieut. Piper had several exciting experiences, one when he
    went up without being strapped into his seat and his plane was nearly capsized by a
    sudden gust, and again when he was forced to land at a farm on a cross country flight
    when his supply of gasoline became low
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    Lieut. Piper’s work includes much machine gun firing, and his club mates in the Hopedale
    Rifle club believe that he should do especially well in this work, remembering his ability
    with the rifle as shown at the club shoot last Thanksgiving, when he was the winner.

    Lieut. Piper has the best wishes of his many friends in his future work, as well as their
    hearty congratulations on his success so far.

    The following report on Lieut. Piper is from The Gold Star Record of Massachusetts:

    Second Lieutenant, Air Service: died 2 June 1919, in Evacuation Hospital 27, at Coblenz,
    Ger., result of airplane accident, 25 May.

    Piper’s picture was among many that were once on the walls at the American Legion
    Home in the center of Hopedale. They will soon be on display at the Little Red Shop
    Museum.

    All of the above stories came from the Milford Daily News. These and countless
    other articles concerning Hopedale, printed in the Milford News, can be seen in
    scrapbooks at the Bancroft Memorial Library.

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    Recent deaths:

    James G. Dalrymple, 94, February 26, 2009

    Lillian M. (O'Rourke) Small, 81, Februrary 27, 2009.

    Michael A. DelMonico, 84, March 10, 2009.

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