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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THE FISKE FAMILY

 

now 215 Boston Post Road. For several years it had the highest valuation of any house in town. But Uncle Ned was not long for  this world. He died of consumption a short time after the house  was finished.
   I can remember going to wonderful parties that his widow,    Aunt Adelaide, gave for her nephews and nieces. We had lots of ice cream and spun sugar, macaroons, and ladies fingers. By now, the original house had been altered and enlarged, which Aunt Adelaide was able to do thanks to Uncle Charlie Fiske's astute-ness in handling the Fiske property.
   Uncle Ned and Aunt Adelaide had two children, Cousin Ned  and Cousin Susie. Cousin Ned's wife died of complications from    a miscarriage only a few months after they were married and he never fully recovered from the shock; Cousin Susie lived and     died an old maid. It was well known in my family that my        father was to inherit the bulk of Cousin Ned's estate, and I can recall several occasions when they had a difference of opinion    and Cousin Ned threatened to change his will. This would re-   quire lots of diplomacy on my father's part, especially when         the differences were great, but he always managed to smooth  things over to Cousin Ned's satisfaction.

UNCLE GEORGE

   Great Uncle George, or 'Guzzy' as he was called by his   relatives, was one of the younger members of the family. He was very fat and very homely, but he loved a good time and became     a great favorite with  his nephews and nieces of my father's generation. One of his intereting stunts was diving into the        water with the live end of a cigar in his mouth and rising to the

 

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