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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MERRIAMS AND FIELDS

 

this," I kept thinking, "I bet he'll be sorry he didn't come with us when he finds out what he's missed."
   After things had quieted down, we walked home and left          the automobile to be towed away to a repair shop. On the strength of this experience my mother decided not to give the captain       any further instruction but to let him confine his driving to the     boat, which he understood much better.
   Getting back to the Merriams, their large farm was so well managed by the younger Mr. Merriam that it was considered a model of efficiency. The great red barn, perhaps the largest in Middlesex County, had entrances on three levels, including a    ramp to the upper loft to facilitate unloading hay wagons. On a summer day their herd of cows could be seen grazing lazily in      the rolling pastureland. It was a very special herd and a source      of great pride to its owners.
   About 1914 tragedy struck the farm, when an epidemic of incurable foot and mouth disease swept through Middlesex   County. This viciously contagious cow sickness hit the Merriam farm full force; every cow on the place had to be put out of the way. A large pit was dug in the field and the cows were led into     it and shot and finally covered over with earth. It is said that        this unfortunate episode led to the younger Mr. Merriam's pre-mature death. Weakened by sadness and disappointment, he contracted a bad strep throat that developed into the pneumonia that killed him. His widow and children remained on the farm        to keep house for Grampa. As Charlie grew older his grandfather's automobile fetishes became increasingly hard to bear. Grampa  must have sensed this, because one Sunday afternoon in the      early twenties he called Charlie aside and told him he was going

 

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