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

 

supported them in the hole of an inverted flower pot. We were    not allowed to hold them because my father remembered how Cousin Susie Fiske was holding one that backfired, hitting her       in the stomach and burning her severely.
   Other forms of amusement, none of which seem particularly    safe in retrospect, included racing across the fields in a two-wheel pony cart and seeing how fast we could go over the rough terrain without being thrown out; making our own gunpowder and  packing it into metal shells for clay pigeon shooting; climbing        up and sliding down the roofs of various buildings. The garage   was especially fun because you could slide down from the ridge-pole to the flat roof of a wing without checking speed. On the house and barn you had to be careful because there was nothing-ness once you were past the gutters. I have been accused of tying Anna, at a young age, to a parachute I made out of an umbrella  and tossing her out of an attic window. This story is not true.      The facts of the matter are that we performed a preliminary experiment with a chair. The umbrella had no effect whatsoever     in checking the speed and the chair disintegrated when it hit the ground. We conducted no further parachute experiments. But     we did other things nearly as dangerous. When the hayloft was    full, we dug long tunnels through the hay that usually terminated  near a window where we made a room big enough to accom-modate several people. Fortunately there were no cave-ins.
   At the edge of a field beyond the barn we built four or five   crude shacks out of rejected lumber, and we called the place Shackville. Shackville had its own fire department — an express wagon equipped with buckets of water and a ladder or two.    From time to time we would set fire to one of the shacks then

 

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