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

 

   In 1912 we started going to Boston by automobile. There  always seemed to be an endless number of errands such as child- revs' dentist appointments, shopping, calling on my grandparents, visiting employment agencies (a frequent necessity) and getting haircuts. My mother never trusted local barbers; she was afraid    of skin diseases so we always went to Gus at the Hotel Vendome. Even Gus was not allowed to use his own brushes and combs but must use a set that my mother provided. Once she tried having    the Wayland barber come to our house to do the family. Of    course there was no question of going to his shop, where she considered sanitary conditions below par, but in our house,      using our brushes and combs and a clean sheet as a coverall, the chances of vermin or barbers' itch were reduced to a minimum.   So she set up a chair and table for him in the hall outside the nursery, and he came and cut our hair; then while cleaning up afterwards, my mother caught him brushing off his clothes with   one of her best hairbrushes ! That did it. From then on we went back to Gus.
   One summer my grandmother Dickson said she was going to  buy me a present and that I could choose between a victrola and   a bicycle. I chose the bicycle, but my mother said I would first  have to get Dr. Worcester's permission. So Dr. Worcester came with his bag and he took out his stethoscope, listened to my     heart and frowned and ordered me to bed; and there I lay for a couple of months, playing the victrola and dreaming about the bicycle. This was an unfortunate time to be bedridden because    we had just dammed the brook in the woods for a swimming   pool. I watched the other members of my family and their      friends starting off for a swim, and then I lay and watched the

 

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