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

 

did local emergency work on account of a doctor shortage   created by the war, came to examine me. He decided very   quickly that I should not walk upstairs, so he and my father car- ried me up and put me to bed. After a while Dr. Van Nuys arrived, poked me, listened to me, and confirmed Uncle Chandler's diagnosis. This was my second siege of rheumatic fever. The first had been at the age of four, and both attacks stemmed from a chronic heart condition which fortunately I outgrew. I was bed-ridden for the better part of two months and convalesced for two more, which seriously handicapped my scholastic progress.
   Spring had come before I could do much in the way of exer- cise. One day I went to a brush fire just off the Post Road, and,    as I watched the flames raging across the field into some shrub-bery, a very angry old lady with a broom came up to me. She    had evidently been fighting the fire because she was sweating      and panting.
   "You ought to be ashamed of yourself," she barked. "A      healthy boy like you just standing and looking at the fire instead     of fighting it !"
   Soon after this incident I joined the school car pool again,       and the first day I told Gene White how thankful I was that he    had waited for me the night I got sick.
   "I didn't want to," he said, "but Olsen insisted."


   Several years earlier, in 1915, the Fields gave a big party celebrating the hundredth anniversary of their friendship with        the Fiskes. A great many members of both families, young and   old, attended. The grand climax of the evening was the presenta-tion of an engraved silver bowl to the Fields from the Fiskes,

 

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