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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battle with life at an early age, tuberculosis being the principal  killer. Anyone at all susceptible to the dread disease could not expect longevity. After Sukey died, Isaac married her sister Sophronia but they had no children.
   How much law Isaac practiced in his Weston office is debatable for he was a man of affairs. He was elected Town Clerk of Weston four times in the period 1804-1827 and served a total of eleven years in that office in spite of being Register of Probate of Middlesex County from 1817 until 1851 and living in Cambridge part of the time. Besides, he was a real estate trader and money lender and his success is evidenced by the fact that he became a fairly rich man. According to the book The Rich Men of Massa-chusetts, published by Forbes and Green in 1851, Isaac was a "man of excellent character. Benevolent."
   Not so his son Augustus, my great-grandfather. According to   the same volume: "In reference to benevolence — although it is   our rule to be silent where we cannot praise — we must hazard   the suggestion that whoever seeks an engagement with Augustus  H. Fiske in modern financeering is bound to come off 'second best'." It further states that Augustus was a "man of knockdown logic. . . . with a memory that can clinch a thousand new facts    with greater ease than it can let go a single old one."
   Augustus practiced law in Boston and was a tireless worker.      It has been said that A. T. Stewart, the great New York merchant, arrived in town one evening and told the cab driver that he    needed a lawyer immediately. "I'll take you to Mr. Fiske's     office," said the driver. "He's apt to work late." — and so began    a long and profitable relationship.
 When the Fitchburg Railroad was completed in 1848 and