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

 

digestive systems had become adjusted, our dairy products      were unbearable.
   My father named our animals for friends and relatives. In the  early days we had a black cow, Celin and a red one, Sophy, hon-oring two of my aunts with black and red hair respectively. When our cows became dry they were sold to Mr. Dector of Saxonville, a short man with a long beard, who was always smiling and rub-bing his hands during any business transaction. (He had a strong odor about him which I suppose came from constant association with cows.) For a while we had a bull, Theodore, named for my brother Teddy. In spite of the heavy copper ring in his nose he became unmanageable and had to be turned over to Mr. Dector along with his dry lady friends.
   Among our dogs were Clara, Sattie and Barga, honoring       Aunt Clara Frothingham, Aunt Sally Fairchild and Aunt Margaret Cochran. Our two pigs were Helen and Carol named for the two oldest Paine girls who happened to be at our house when the     pigs arrived. Helen and Carol lived in the manure pit. Once,      after a rainy spell, the water level in the pit rose and Carol was drowned and my mother felt so badly about it that we stopped keeping pigs.
   Our poultry consisted mostly of Rhode Island Reds and     Barred Plymouth Rocks but we also had bantams and guinea    hens and, from time to time, various exotic brands, none of     which were too successful. Our hens, being very numerous, were seldom honored with names.
   The guinea hens were particularly obnoxious. They flew all     over the place, squawking at the top of their lungs. In the morn-   ing when they were first let out they went over to serenade the

 

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