Demolition of the Draper Plant   


    Twenty-five years ago – December 1995 – The United States Food and Drug Administration
    approved Saquinavir to treat HIV/AIDS. Within 2 years of its approval, annual deaths from AIDS in
    the United States fell from over 50,000 to approximately 18,000.

    The Dayton Agreement is signed in Paris, officially ending the Bosnian War.

    An American Airlines Boeing 757 crashes into a mountain near Buga, Valle del Cauca, Colombia,
    killing 160 of the 164 on board.

    Fifty years ago – December 1970 - The Environmental Protection Agency is established.

    The North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City is topped out at 1,368 feet (417 m),
    making it the tallest building in the world.

    President Richard Nixon signs into law the Occupational Safety and Health Act.

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


                                                The Adin Ballou Memorial

    The Adin Ballou Memorial is located near the center of the principal village of the thriving town of
    Hopedale, Massachusetts, once the seat of the Hopedale Community, of which Mr. Ballou was the
    founder and leading spirit. The grounds constituted his former homestead, on which he resided
    for nearly a half century; the dwelling house and its appurtenances occupying one corner of
    them, the remaining portion being devoted to gardening purposes and the production of various
    kinds of fruits. They have a frontage of eight rods and a depth of about ten and a half rods,
    making an area of a little more than half an acre. The house was a modest one story and a half
    cottage with an ell, to which a small printing office was attached. The buildings have been taken
    away, the cottage being removed to a new site a quarter of a mile distant, (at 64 Dutcher Street)
    refitted and otherwise improved and made convenient and attractive for further domestic service.
    The lot, relieved of these encumbrances, and of several large fruit trees in the foreground, has
    been carefully graded, laid out, beautified, and fitted for its new uses, under the direction of a
    skillful landscape gardener. It is now a broad lawn, intersected by well-graveled walks, and
    ornamented with beds of shrubbery and flowers of tasteful design. Most of the fruit trees in the
    rear are preserved, and will remain until other trees more desirable for their shapeliness and
    shade can be grown.

    The monument, including the statue and pedestal, occupies a position somewhat to the rear of
    the center of the lot and considerably removed from the main street of the village; from which,
    however, excellent views of it can be obtained, whatever be the direction of approach. The statue
    is of Roman bronze, eight feet in height, and weighs sixteen hundred pounds. It was modeled by
    William Ordway Partridge, of New York City and Milton Mass., and finished under his immediate
    supervision, the casting being done by proficient artisans in New York. It represents Mr. Ballou as
    he was in mid-life, with a light mustache and beard, all his powers in full vigor, standing erect and
    self-possessed, in a natural position, and one perfectly familiar to those who knew him at that
    period, as if in the act of addressing a public assembly. His left hand grasps a book which rests
    upon a supporting column simulating a pulpit or desk, while the right hand is thrown out a foot or
    more from the body – a posture altogether characteristic of him when engaged in earnest
    argument or exhortation. His head is bare, and his countenance, the features of which are
    strikingly correct, is lighted up with an animated and exceedingly lifelike expression.

    The pedestal, supporting the statue and consisting of a die, base, and sub-base, is also about
    eight feet high and of good proportions throughout. It is made of Cape Ann granite from the
    quarries of Jonas French & Co., according to plans drawn by Daniel Woodbury of Boston,
    architect, who superintended its construction and erection. The die is six feet in height, with
    slightly inclining sides, its top measuring three feet, four inches square and its bottom four feet,
    and weighs seven tons. The base is seven feet square and the sub-base ten feet. The whole
    structure rests apparently upon a grass-covered mound, slightly raised above the general level of
    the ground about it, while having a substantial and durable foundation underneath. The mound is
    surrounded by a spacious graveled area which has two approaches from Hopedale Street in front
    and one from Peace Street on the southerly side.  From    
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    The title page of a booklet published for
    the dedication of the Adin Ballou Memorial.
    This month's article was taken from it.

Hopedale News - December 1995

Yankee magazine, April 1982.

Hopedale News - December 1970

Plain Street - Not 140.

Hopedale News - December 1920