The Freedom-Oak Northrop Neighborhood

      Until 1923, there weren't any buildings where the former Sneiderman house is now, or
    where my son lives now. [21 Freedom - Sneiderman; 25 Freedom - Eddie McGrath]
    There was a house about right across from where Judy Oldfield lives now [28 Freedom
    Street]. It set facing the street about the same as the small house that is there now. At
    that time there was some kind of farm building that set kind of sideways, just about
    opposite the end of Oak Street. In those days Oak Street ended at Northrop Street; it
    didn't go through Northrop to Freedom. After they ran Oak over to Freedom, we always
    called that "the new road."

       The older house on Freedom Street was occupied by Walter Durgin and his family.
    I'm not sure just what Walter Durgin did; he may have had something to do with being a
    caretaker for one of the Draper estates; he was also a constable or part-time police
    officer. [The 1927 town directory lists him as being a gardener for Clare Draper] They
    moved to South Hopedale [105 Greene Street] and the youngest boy, Lawrence, was in
    school about the same time we were. When we [Don and his twin brother, Dan] were
    about three or four years old, the Durgins had a billy goat which we were very scared of.
    He'd chase us up onto the porch and then pin us up against the wall of the house with
    his horns. Our mother would hear us hollering for help and would come out and drive
    him back across the street. She wasn't afraid of him.

      The Sneidermans acquired the land at the corner [of Freedom and Williams] and I can
    remember seeing the house jacked up on some kind of logs, about half-way to where it
    sits now. I guess they also moved the farm building right up front next to the corner, to
    be the store. At first (I've see pictures of a larger barn, and I can see the foundation still
    today) it was managed by the oldest Sneiderman son, Nathan; the one they called
    "Snookie." They sold bottled cold soda, bread, Drake's cakes, Bushway ice cream and
    other foodstuffs. It was supposed to be a handy neighborhood store, and perhaps they
    visualized it as cutting into the Patrick's Store trade in downtown Hopedale. I guess the
    chain grocery stores in Milford weren't good for any Hopedale grocery store. I think
    Nathan had an old Model T delivery truck for a while. Before they came to Hopedale, I
    think the Sneidermans lived on West Pine Street in Milford. He was already in the rag
    and junk business and continued it in Hopedale, having a little junkyard behind the
    house.  Sneiderman kept a horse and wagon behind the house somewhere for several
    years, and did quite well in the junk business, especially at the Hopedale dump during
    World War II. Later on, the crippled son, "Kivy," took care of the store. At one time the
    back room was used for a taxi stand office.

       In about 1930, there were still about five milk wagons around Hopedale and Milford;
    Maple Farm and Walter Beal from Mendon, Dan Glennon, and Frank Rummo from
    Highland Street, Milford, and Tim Cronan from Eben Street, off Purchase Street in
    Milford. Dan Glennon seemed to wear out all the old milk wagons, and one he had was
    marked "Willowbrook Dairy, Geo. L. Taft, Mendon." That was the forerunner of Lowell's
    Dairy, and they plan to name the restaurant when they reopen it on Route 16,

      Dan Glennon had a few customers on Inman Street and Soward Street; mostly Irish
    Catholic, I think. The 1938 hurricane blew down his barn; his best horse ate too much
    grain and died; he didn't peddle much longer after that; maybe a few months or a year.
    Walter Beal was the last horse and wagon man in the area. He delivered milk in
    Hopedale and part of Miford from 1907 to 1947.  Don McGrath, June 2006.

                     Don's memories of  milk wagons of  Mendon, Hopedale and Milford.

    Donald P. McGrath, 94, of Northbridge, MA. and formerly of Hopedale, MA. died
    Wednesday evening (August 7, 2012) at the Beaumont Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
    in Northbridge after a period of declining health. He was pre-deceased by his wife,
    Liselotte A. (Philipp) McGrath whom he met while stationed in Germany during WW II. He
    then brought her to Hopedale, MA. until her death in 1980. His identical twin brother,
    Daniel, of Hopedale died in 2005. In 2008 Donald's grandson, Joseph, was taken from
    him. He was born in Milford, MA., the son of the late Daniel and the late Kathryn
    (Crowley) McGrath and was a lifelong Hopedale resident. Mr. McGrath worked at the
    former Draper Corporation from 18 years of age until his retirement. He was an avid
    buggy enthusiast and a member of the U. S. Carriage Association. A founding member
    of the Hopedale Historical Society he was a resource about the town's past. Donald was
    a practicing member of Sacred Heart parish since its inception and recently a friend of
    the Hopedale Unitarian Church. He is survived by his son, Edward J. and daughter-in-
    law, Olimpia, with whom he made his home during the last years of his life; (2)
    grandchildren, Michael and his wife, Christine, and their daughter, Destiny, of Norton,
    MA. and James and his wife, Toni, and their daughters, Amanda and Angelina of
    Bellingham, MA. Donald was a very attendant grandfather who was extremely proud of
    his grandchildren. A funeral service will be held on Friday morning (August 10) at 11AM
    in the Edwards Memorial Funeral Home, 44 Congress Street, Milford, MA. Burial will
    follow in St. Mary's Cemetery Cedar Street (Rte. 85.) Milford. A visiting hour will be held
    from 10AM-11AM just prior to the funeral service. In lieu of flowers, donations in his late
    memory may be made to the charity of one's choice .Milford Daily News