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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   Although the automobile gradually replaced the horse, winter driving on our unpaved streets was still pretty rugged and spring driving even worse. When the mud was deep we dragged bottom  a good part of the way down Highland Street, and why we never ripped the crankcase apart is a mystery. Of course in the worst weather we reverted to Old Dobbin. Even as late as 1920 we   were snowed in for forty-two days by a great blizzard and a    series of snowstorms that came relentlessly one upon the other.      I was attending Noble and Greenough School which, in those    days was located at 100 Beacon Street, Boston, and while we were snowbound I commuted by sleigh and train.
   One of the worst snowfalls occurred on March 6th and that    was the day my brother Bill got a bad earache. Dr. Walker, a Boston ear specialist, came out with us on the train to Kendal Green where we were met by a pung. The snow was falling   heavily, the wind blowing hard, and visibility was only about   twenty yards. Just below the entrance to our driveway the        drifts were too deep for the horses to negotiate, so we had to struggle the rest of the way on foot.
   Dr. Walker did his best to ignore the whims of nature, and we finally reached the house. He looked at Bill and decided on an emergency mastoid operation. Being completely snowbound     there was no question of moving the patient, so Dr. Walker telephoned the Waltham Hospital and ordered the necessary    tools. The Paines, who were still able to get out of their driveway, offered to send a sleigh to Waltham to pick up the surgical instruments, and when these arrived Dr. Van Nuys loaded them onto a toboggan and, with one of the Paine's men, pulled them     up the hill to our house where innumerable sterilizing kettles