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3. The Dicksons
4. The Abbey
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6. The Great Road
7. The South Side
8. Merriams and Fields
9. Sold to Riley
10. Early Automobiles
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Diana Chaplin presents page 134 - Wayland, MA real estate



it with a self starter of his own design — a revolutionary idea, as self starters were practically unknown. I believe it worked on      the spring principle — you first wound it up and then threw a    lever to release it. Lucky Johnny's talents covered a broad field. Besides making automobiles, he designed and raced boats, ex-perimented with all kinds of mechanical devices and won the   world championship in pistol shooting in the 1896 Olympics.      But from my point of view his greatest accomplishment was to produce me a wife.
   Our new Corbin was low slung and sporty looking, but its principal appeal to me was the noise it made — you could hear      it coming from a long way off. Once Eddie Green was repri-manded by the Weston police for driving it through town with      his muffler cut-out open. He denied the accusation and told the officer he would show him what it sounded like if he used the     cut-out. On hearing the deafening roar the officer jumped back,   and when he had composed himself he said, "I see what you   mean."
   My father never cared much for the Corbin. It was very hard     to start and he claimed his back had been permanently injured  from cranking the heavy motor. After he had driven it over a stonewall on Highland Street and cracked one of the main engine supports, he gave it to the town to be converted into a fire      engine — the town's first motorized hook-and-ladder wagon.
   In 1912 we acquired a Chalmers — the one that had an un-fortunate experience in Wareham — already described — and we kept it until 1917 when it was turned in for a Stearns. In the    interim we had acquired a Fiat and a Peerless. In order to accom-modate our fleet of automobiles we converted the cow barn into