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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   "Why?" I once asked, and he explained that it might come in handy if he were ever stopped for speeding in a strange town.   

   "What would you tell them?" I asked.
   "I'd tell them next time they came to Weston I'd get even         with them."
   But here was a use for the badge he had never anticipated.
   We were suspected of being the signal senders. I had a power- ful flashlight which they examined carefully but decided it was      not powerful enough to account for what they had been seeing. Then my father suggested that perhaps automobile headlights coming up the steep approach to our house might shine into the  sky and look like signals, but they discounted that possibility     also. After an hour or so of questioning, and no doubt being     given a wee drappie or two by my father, they finally left.    Whether or not we were under suspicion for the duration of the war, I shall never know.
   I do know that Mr. Charles Paine of Weston and Chatham      was apprehended in the Chatham Woods one night while collect-ing moths with a buglight. The secret service was never one hundred percent satisfied, and for the rest of the summer had at least one agent parading up and down in front of his house    around the clock. The fact that he was being watched was   certainly no secret!

   Many changes came with the first world war — taxes, woman suffrage, radios, prohibition, and the bootlegger who later       turned into the gangster. Sometimes I wonder if the most   significant factor influencing the great transition was the self-   starter which made it possible for the weaker sex to drive an