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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than she looked sadly at the dummy and said, "The poor little   thing. She's terribly sick with smallpox."
   It seems that many of our auctions were in the neighborhood      of Stow. This necessitated going past a wall in Maynard made of cobblestones from the bed of the Assebet River. Aunt Beatrice considered it the ugliest stonewall she had ever seen — so ugly, that looking at it made her feel nauseated. So, whenever we ap-proached it she would shut her eyes and ask me to tell her when  we were past. Naturally, as soon as we were abreast of the wall     I would say, "All right, Aunt Beatrice — you can open your eyes now." She would open them, gasp, cover them with her arm and tell me how unreliable I was to go back on my word for the      sight of the wall had disturbed her emotionally, and by allowing    her to see it I had ruined her day. Then she would begin to sob   and finally cry. When she regained control of herself she would    tell me firmly that she would never trust me again — never. But  next time she would trust me and I would do just as I had done before, because each new outburst was better than the last. The wall is no longer there and I miss it whenever I drive by.

   Although my father felt quite at home at an auction my        mother did not. Once when she was alone she bid on a piece of land in Sudbury that she supposed adjoined our farm, and when  the sale was consummated we discovered that she had acquired    a tract of land high up on Nobscott Mountain with no legal    access, or so the abutters contended. We felt that we should    have rights along a wood path that led in from the Boston Post Road, but the farmer, whose land we crossed, felt differently.  Every time we parked our automobile at the entrance something