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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   Once Uncle Andrew took a number of children, myself in- cluded, to the circus. His young grandson Eben sat beside him, fascinated by everything that went on. The audience around us seemed nearly as interested in Eben's wild-eyed reactions as in    the circus itself. During each new act, whether tumbling, trapeze work, or tightrope walking, Eben would turn to his very dignified grandfather in great excitement and shout, "Grandpa — can you  do that?"
   "No — no more," Uncle Andrew would reply, shaking his     head sadly.
   Uncle Andrew's wife, Aunt Gertrude, was a gracious lady and somewhat domineering which is probably why I had great respect for her. One day she told me about an adjoining tract of land      she was buying with a pond on it — Peirce's Pond, she called it —and I asked her if she would take me fishing there, and she said  that she would as soon as the sale had gone through. Finally the great day arrived and we walked down to the pond armed with fishing gear, a basket for bringing home our catch, and a cake of chocolate in case we got hungry. Our fishing gear consisted of   bent pins for fishhooks — "too difficult to get a fish off a real  hook," said Aunt Gertrude — and paper thin chips of beef to      use as bait — "much pleasanter to handle than worms," she said. We didn't catch anything. I often wonder what Aunt Gertrude would have done if we had.
   Uncle Andrew's and Aunt Gertrude's children were Gertrude, Augustus, Gardiner, Posey, and Hannah. Augustus married Aunt Esther, my mother's sister, and we will hear more about him from time to time. Gardiner was an aviator in the first World War and during some maneuvers fell out of his plane and miraculously