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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a weakness for alcohol and on her days off she would return with
a goodly supply and hide it in a cache in the pasture where she could spend an undetected evening celebrating by herself. My mother discovered this and on the next day off seized the cache  and emptied all the bottles. The laundress resented the inter- ference and was thereupon discharged.
   My mother's ideas on religion were quite dogmatic and al-  though she slept through a good part of the service, she went to church nearly every Sunday. She was a Unitarian. All other religions were wrong in their basic conceptions, she said, except  the Quakers who had the purest form of religion known to God    or man. However, not everyone could be a Quaker — only the very finest people qualified — people like the Hallowells whom  she had grown up with in West Medford — and she didn't con-sider herself in that special category.
   She was never known for being tactful, and although there     were times when she tried, her attempts were apt to do more   harm than good. One of her unwanted wedding presents was a plaster bust of Psyche which had been tucked away in a corner    of the attic. There it stood for many years, covered with dust      and cobwebs. One day when the donor happened to be coming   to a lunch party, my mother thought it would be appropriate to    put it on display. So she brought it downstairs, cleaned it and       set it on a bookcase in the front hall where it would surely be   seen.
   Of course the donor was overjoyed to find her gift so appre-ciated and, no doubt, my mother added a few words of grati-   tude which proved to be ill-chosen in the light of subsequent  events. It so happened that just as the ladies were passing the