Here we have W.J. Halloran of Providence, RI ---
Hopedale Pond Cleanup
Biggest Operation Attempted In Area
HOPEDALE - Hundreds of "sidewalk superintendents" watched one of the biggest
excavation and cleaning operations in this area, yesterday at Hopedale Pond.
A huge crane, with an 80-foot arm and a scoop bucket with a capacity of nearly three
yards, was the center of attention as it loaded huge trucks in two sweeps. The trucks can
carry over six yards of earth.
Operations began near the beach section of the pond, and the depth of slime and silt at
this point was more than four feet.
The W.J. Halloran Co. of Providence is doing the work, which is supervised by Supt.
William McCarthy and William Polleys, manager of the crane department. The crane
operator is Fred Bourasso of Woonsocket.
The plan is to work around the pond, towards the Draper Corporation plant.
A 20-ton bulldozer and two trucks are now being used, but later more equipment will be
brought in. Earlier this week a smaller crane was at work laying a gravel road to the site of
the digging, and a small bulldozer became mired in the mud and had to be pulled out.
This is the first time such a large cleaning job has ever been attempted in this area. The
pond has been drained except for a small stream which still flows through the center.
Milford Daily News, April 23, 1949. Thanks to Rick Buroni and Al Tarca for the pictures ---
Trucks, give me trucks!!! --- I'M LIKING TRUCKSWhen we see what we want to see, and hear what we want to hear---- all too often we miss the point!
I'm where I'm at when I'm all there! But,when I'm here, how can I be all there?
George Murphey --