1. The Fiske Family
2. The Bennetts
3. The Dicksons
4. The Abbey
5. Landmarks and Personalities
6. The Great Road
7. The South Side
8. Merriams and Fields
9. Sold to Riley
10. Early Automobiles
11. The Dump
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climbers setting forth with ropes and ice axes to climb a local    peak. He thought he recognized one of them and, walking over     to get a closer look, found it was Grampa Merriam rigged out in Alpine gear for the ascent !
   His preparations for a trip and his packing were both very  simple. He once started around the world, so the story goes,     with only a tooth brush and a celluloid collar or two packed in        a grocery bag. Anything else he might need could be bought    when the situation warranted, which was very risky. He was  always being pickpocketed on his trips to New York, and if such   a thing happened in a foreign country it could be rather embar-rasing. According to my father, he not only looked easy prey        to the unscrupulous, but he also kept his money in an accessible pocket. My father always maintained that the only proper place    to carry money while traveling was in your sock, especially in a sleeping car, because you could feel it all night and know it was there. I acquired this habit at a young age and continued to   practice it as long as I rode on sleeping cars.
   The Merriam house was very comfortable in every way but     one — Grampa would never permit the installation of modern plumbing; he considered two indoor privies, one upstairs and     one down, perfectly adequate. The upstairs privy was quite            a conversation piece as it communicated directly with a pit in       the basement, two stories down. Looking into that black abyss   was terrifying. Had it been in our house someone surely would   have either fallen in or been pushed in — but not at the Merriams because they were all well behaved.
   Automobiles were allowed on the Merriam farm on a tempor- ary basis only; under no conditions could they remain there