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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and went to work. My rendition was somewhat one dimensional but Aunt Beatrice Hayward, one of my adopted aunts, was   visiting us and volunteered to put in the shading and finishing touches and we ended up with a fairly respectable likeness. When  I showed it to my father he explained that the lobster Cousin Gertrude had painted was of the human variety — namely some railroad tycoon.
   There is a story I've always liked about Aunt Gertrude's sister, Miss Cornelia Horsford, a prim old lady who lived in Cambridge. One of her nephews and his wife — Alice, I think her name was —happened to be on the cruise ship Morro Castle when it burned and sank off the New Jersey coast. They managed to jump over-board and swim ashore, but there was great anxiety in the family until word arrived that they were safe. Harold Willis, the first to hear the news, telephoned Aunt Cornelia, who he was sure must  be worried sick about the whole thing. When he told her what    had happened she remarked very calmly, "Oh really! — of    course Alice always did enjoy swimming."


   My grandfather, Brenton H. Dickson, was born in Pictou,    Nova Scotia where his father, Daniel Dickson, was a prominent lawyer. I know very little about Daniel except that he was a man   of high principles and felt that such exclamations as "Oh     Heavens!" verged on the profane.
   As a young man, my grandfather had a yen for the sea and he shipped out on a boat bound for Boston. By the time he arrived   his enthusiasm had dwindled and he decided that a life ashore would be more to his liking, so he got a job in a commission