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 ABBEY

 

with scales dangling out behind. Mr. Foote also dealt in coal    which he delivered in very dirty wagons that came lumbering up  our hill every autumn. We had to lay in a good winter supply to guard against shortage when the roads were impassable. Some-times my father and his friend, Mr. Edward Field, would split a carload and, day after day, wagons arrived at our house. The  driver would put a metal chute through a cellar window below which sections had been boarded off to receive the hoard; he would then tip the body of the cart and the coal would go roar-   ing down the chute and into the cellar.
   Perhaps the most impressive sight of a summer afternoon was watching the Misses Case drive by -Miss Marion and Miss Louisa. They had a beautiful black carriage drawn by a pair of perfectly groomed black horses. A black coachman sat on the elevated  front seat while the Misses Case sat behind amid luxurious upholstery.
   Miss Marion was interested in photography and I, being a picturesque little Fauntleroy with long curly hair done up in   ribbons, was taken down to her studio several times to be photographed. I might mention also that I once posed as Lord Fauntleroy at an exhibition of living tableaux at an amateur theatrical.
   Miss Marion's real photographic interest, however, was taking pictures of flowers (fowwahs, she called them, on account of a speech defect) and giving illustrated lectures. Once my mother    had charge of raising money for a charity and she asked Miss Case if she would provide entertainment with a flower lecture.           Miss Case was delighted, and arrangements were made with the Winsor School in Boston to hold it in their auditorium. Then

 

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