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 DICKSONS

 

   The stranger looked up and replied, "Your old man."
   "What do you mean, my old man?" my grandfather asked.       "Your old man — old man Dickson."
   There was a very historic cellar hole on our Sudbury land    where the Haynes Garrison House had stood. Here the Haynes family and neighbors sought refuge from Indian attacks. My     father gave the Daughters of the American Revolution permis-   sion to erect a marker there, and a large crowd gathered for the unveiling ceremonies. Flags streamed from the cedars, lemonade and cookies were served from a long table, and various dignitaries made sentimental or historic speeches. One elderly 'Daughter', beaming with smiles and pride, read a seemingly endless poem    she had composed for the occasion. Written in the Hiawatha  meter, it had to do with the Sudbury farmer and his skirmishes   with the Indians. Finally, the master of ceremonies thought it appropriate to have my father say a few words, for after all it     was his generosity that made this great occasion possible. The speech was short and to the point, as were all his speeches. "I hope," he said, "that if there are any assessors of the town of Sudbury present, they won't feel that the value of my land is     being increased by all this."
   My mother's birthday was on the third of July. My father    always maintained that when she was one day old she was awakened in the early morning by firecrackers and started yell-   ing "and," he said, "she hasn't stopped yelling since." Her life revolved around horses. A horse is a superior being, she said, and can do no wrong. Whenever a rider was thrown off, it was never the horse's fault. I once got kicked across the stable by Tito, a temperamental Shetland pony that I was cleaning, not because

 

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