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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stood on Highland Street a mile and a half from its present  location. He had an eye for antiquities and often admired this  stately old edifice in its original setting. Then, when General     Paine, the owner, decided to build a larger house he told Uncle Charlie he could have the old one if he would take it away — which Uncle Charlie promptly proceeded to do.
   He moved it first to some family land on the Post Road    adjacent to the old Isaac Fiske house, but he felt that this loca-  tion, sandwiched in between the Fiske and Field houses, was in-appropriate for such a beautiful structure so he purchased land    for it on Church Street. Moving the building across pastures to     its Post Road location presented no great difficulty, but its    passage through the village on its second move was a different matter. The house had not gone very far when it became apparent to the movers that it must be cut in two in order to pass down     the narrow street. Even at half size it took up so much room that traffic had to be re-routed, causing no end of inconvenience and annoyance to users of the Post Road. And to make matters   worse, when it had gone about half way, New England was hit     by the biggest blizzard in years. However, the two halves finally reached their destination and were rejoined.
   Soon afterwards another old house was doomed. It stood on   the location of a proposed new library and Uncle Charlie rescued  it and moved it down to Church Street just east of his first transplant.
   I always thought of Uncle Charlie as the most kind-hearted of people, and this trait is borne out by an article that appeared in     an East Boston paper, telling about a woman from up country   who arrived at the Cunard dock in East Boston to board a