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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merchant's office. He had an extraordinary personality, responsi- ble no doubt for his rapid advancement in business and also         for his becoming a member of the Somerset Club, a dyed-           in-the-wool organization that was not in the habit of admitting foreign unknowns.
   I have never heard the circumstances under which he met my grandmother, Mary Fiske. Once when Gardiner was showing us around the Concord Road house, which he had just renovated,   my grandfather pointed at a window in the front room and remarked, "There used to be a bay window there and a horsehair sofa. That's where I sat with your grandmother when I was  courting her."
   Before they met she had been receiving the attentions of  Winslow Homer. I think my grandfather must have been a little jealous because, when he gave me a pencil drawing that Homer had done of my grandmother, he explained that it was by an itinerant artist who had become quite well known.
   In their early married life my grandparents lived at 36 Com-monwealth Avenue, Boston, a new and fancier house that my great-grandmother indulged herself in after her husband's demise. Here my father, Brenton H. Dickson, Jr. was born in 1867.     Later they moved into a house on Chestnut Street, and finally settled at 126 Marlborough Street. They spent their summers in Weston at Dudeville, the old Fiske house on Concord Road.
   My grandmother was sort of a fairy god-mother and she delighted in spoiling her grandchildren by bringing them interest-   ing presents whenever she came to visit. Once a doll was being raffled at a church fair in Wayland and my sister Mary wanted        it very badly. When my grandmother learned that only one