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

 

to the more sophisticated ways of my city classmates took the better part of the first year. It was quite a change, suddenly be-   ing thrown among those enviable people who went to the movies for amusement and got from one place to another by streetcar.       I had never been to the movies, and my streetcar experience was very limited. Every day I was driven to school in a car pool with     a number of girls from Weston who attended Miss Winsor's School. I was naturally very sensitive about this arrangement,   being the only boy in the group, and insisted on getting out of       the automobile at a corner where none of my schoolmates could see me, even though it meant walking extra distance.
   After Longwood Day I spent a year at Country Day School in Newton. Olsen Field went there also and we combined auto-mobile trips, our car taking the inbound and the Fields', the outbound.
   This was an unfortunate year for me, as I spent a good part       of it in bed with rheumatic fever. One afternoon when I was   playing soccer I felt a sharp pain in my big toe. It became pro-gressively worse during the ensuing study period, and when school was over it had spread into the neighboring toes. After school         I trudged up to the place where Gene White, the Fields' chauf- feur, always waited for us, I was in such agony I could hardly  make myself walk — but I pushed onward, fearing that Gene,   who was quick-tempered and impatient, might suddenly make      up his mind to go home without me. Fortunately he was still      there. I don't know what I would have done otherwise, as I was about at the end of my strength.
   When I finally got home I lay down on a sofa and Uncle  Chandler Robbins who had retired from medical practice, but

 

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