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 is brought to you by Wayland real estate



the higher land of Wayland, dominated by the Pattersons' water tower with its red tile roof. Often we would stop at the Pattersons on our way past so that Bob, one of the sons, could join us on    our expeditions.
   About this time we had an Italian working for us named Peter. Peter had a very limited vocabulary — everying was either a goddamn this or a goddamn that, and one day when Bob was   with us I got off my horse and walked around pretending I was Peter, mimicking his actions and making free use of his vocabu- lary. My mother was very upset. As soon as we left Bob at his stable she informed me that I had done Mrs. Patterson a great injustice in teaching her youngest son how to swear.
   "Poor Bobby has no father," she went on, "and his mother is trying to bring him up to be a nice boy — and now you've gone  and ruined everything for her."