Wallace Stimpson (not to be confused with Wallis Simpson, of course) was a high-level
employee of the Draper Corporation, rising to the rank of vice-president. When Deborah
Robbins sent the picture of the Stimpson family, shown above, I asked if she was related to
them. Here is her reply:
No relation! But a Stimpson family member did stop by one day (when we were living there)
and my father took him through the house. He then sent this picture with a thank you
note. My mother grew up across the street at 22 Dutcher.....she played in the house as a
little girl. Marshall and Edith Newell lived there then Dr. Farrell's wife, Patty Stenberg, also
grew up in this house. That is who my parents bought it from. (Patty Stenberg Farrell's
parents) My mother was so thrilled, as she had always loved it.
the picture and always looked at it as a little girl and wondered what it was like to live in our
house back in the early 1900s. My mother grew up across the street and always loved the
house. So, when my parents bought it she was thrilled!! Loved growing up there! I have not
lived in Hopedale since 1983, when I left from college, but love your posts! Thanks for
doing it! So appreciative of the pictures and memories!!
Miriam Grillo Loiselle
18 Dutcher Street
The above is from the 1898 Hopedale directory. 18 Dutcher Street is at the corner of
Dutcher and Peace streets. The next directory I have is for 1927. At that time the
Stimpsons (Wallace and I suppose Maude, but most women's names weren't included
in that book) were at 36 Adin Street. Also in that year, Eva Stimpson, 64, was at 18
Dutcher Street. She was listed as a housekeeper, not a housewife, which meant that
she was a widow. In the 1917 book, (at the Bancroft Library) Edward Stimpson,
inventor, age 77, was on Dutcher Street, no number given, but presumably 18, and
Wallace Stimpson, salesman, age 52, was on Adin Street.
about 150 inventors who had patents for the Northrop loom. Edward Stimpson had 44.
There was only one, James Northrop with 85, who had more than Stimpson. Wallace
Stimpson had eight, and even that number was more than most. The great majority of
them had from one to three.
daughter lived at 18 Dutcher Street. Henry was superintendent of the Draper foundry.
As mentioned by Deborah Robbins earlier on this page, her parents, the Grillos,
bought the house from the Stenbergs. According to the 2017 street listing book, the
current residents are Kenneth and Patricia Murphy.
Stimpson stones at Hopedale Village Cemetery.
Photograph taken in 1905 on the front steps of 18 Dutcher Street, Hopedale, Mass. This
photograph shows three generations of the Stimpson Family.
Starting on the lowest step, the persons are as follows:
1. Girl on the left-----Mabel Stimpson Hayes Wilson - b. 1900
2. Girl on the right----Helen Stimpson Harper Bradford - b. 1899
3. On step above----Wallace Irving Stimpson - 1864-1939 (father of Helen)
4. Woman on the right----Maude Hapgood Stimpson - 1869-1931 (wife of Wallace)
5. Babe in arms----Edward S. Stimpson II - b. 1904 (son of Harry)
6. Holding Edward----Frances Maude Greenway Stimpson (1875-1928 (wife of Harry)
7. On the right----Harry Farnum Stimpson - 1873-1941 (father of Edward and Mabel)
8. Edward S. Stimpson---1837-1924 (father of Wallace and Harry)
9. On the right----Eva Newton Stimpson - 2nd wife of ESS - 1863-1928
10. "Uncle" with white beard----George Hatch
11. In black with hat----Mrs. George Hatch (sister of Eva)
12. In back - woman in white----???
The house at which this photograph was taken is now occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Charles A.
Grillo. A recent photograph shows that the front steps have been rebuilt with a hand rail
and posts, but the lattice-work and the square knobs on the post and the contours of the
posts in the railing of the porch, all indicate that this part of the building is unchanged.
who stopped by 18 Dutcher Street sometime in the late 1960s, and given a tour of his old
home. He then sent the family picture, the identifications, and the note below.