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January 7, 1952

    From 1940 to 1949, John and Margaret Byrne and family operated a small
    dairy farm on Hartford Avenue. The barn was on the Mendon side of the
    road, while the house and most of the fields were on the Hopedale side. The
    three pictures at the top of  this page are from those days. In 1949, they
    moved to a larger farm in Littleton, and the Hopedale place was sold, first to
    Varney Brothers and in 1952, to Draper Corporation. Draper then built the
    airport on the site, and it opened in January 1953.

    Before this land on Hartford Avenue was an airport, it was a farm. In
    the 1940s, the  farm belonged to the John and Margaret Byrne family.

Above and below - Peggy (Byrne) Cozzens in the 1940s.
c. 1950s

    The three photos above were taken in 1988. In the one immediately above, Hartford
    Avenue crosses diagonally across the lower quarter of the picture, with Route 140
    going from the bottom, left of center, to the right. Buildings that can be seen in the
    lower half include the one Hopedale rented some years ago as the Hartford Avenue
    School, Community Bible Chapel, and Pop N Cork. The Hopedale Mart convenience
    store at the corner of 140 and Hartford Avenue hadn't been built at that time.