The area where the Draper Gym would be built, nearly sixty years after this map was drawn in 1898..

The photos above were taken of a parade evidently held as part of a Woman’s Club fair, probably held in 1953.

The lot where the gym was built can be seen here, about a year before construction began.

Thanks to Henry Stenberg (HHS 1958) for the picture above, and to Jack Hayes (HHS 1959) for passing it on to me. That’s Henry on the sidewalk, walking toward the camera. The police unit is being led by Chet Sanborn, who became chief in 1964. (Click here to see Chet tapping maples at Memorial School.) This picture appears to be of the same parade as the one above it with the Little League banner. (Tree on left, car on right, some of the spectators.) Jack wrote, “Not positive, but at Chet’s right I think is George Boyd and on his left is Al Rizzi. I want to say Les McCully is in the middle; not sure. They were all sergeants. Click here for Hopedale police photos from the 1950s.

Henry added other identifications. “The young guy in the sweater behind me, with his head turned to his right, is Bobby Snowden.

The man standing near the fence railing who is wearing glasses and is a wee bit overweight looks like Lloyd “Fitter” Fitzgerald. He was the Draper personnel manager.”