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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overnight. Charlie Merriam, a grandson about my age, and whose family shared the house with Grampa, often drove up with his parents to call on us on a Sunday afternoon. They came in a     four-seated carriage drawn by a pair of fine horses, and as soon   as they arrived I always took Charlie to the garage to look    around and admire our automobiles and tell me how much he wished his family owned one. I particularly remember showing    him our 1912 Chalmers. He lost an eye for it immediately, and  kept repeating, "Gee, what a peachable car !"
   Who ever would have suspected the impending fate of the `peachable' car? When we were in Wareham that summer my mother decided to teach our boatman, Captain Jennings, to      drive. Lesson number one started off with the children in the     back seat and my mother and the captain in front. He, took hold   of the wheel like an old pro and we started off towards the    village. All went smoothly until we came to a sharp corner.      "Blow the horn, Captain," my mother ordered, and the captain reached out to squeeze the black rubber bulb. There was no response, so he tried using both hands. At that point the un-   guided automobile darted into the woods and wound itself     around a tree.
   The peaceful woodland suddenly became a roaring inferno. Steam belched from the radiator and broken hose connections. Anna flung herself about in terror and shouted at the top of her lungs. Mary tried desperately to stop a nosebleed she got from bashing her head against the front seat, while poor Captain  Jennings paced helplessly back and forth repeating, "I don't see how it ever happened." I think I was the only one who main-  tained equilibrium during the crisis. "Wait till I tell Teddy about