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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As a very young child he had been taken to the roof of his    family's house in Boston to watch the towering flames from the great Boston fire of 1870. He remembered being worried about  my grandfather who had gone downtown to try to rescue some important papers in his office. All this, no doubt, was responsi-    ble for his becoming an ardent proponent of organized fire    fighting.
   Just as he watched the great Boston fire of 1870, I watched     the great Salem fire of 1914 from the roof of our house in   Weston. A brilliant glow lit up the northeastern sky and stream-   ers from explosions shot into the air. There was lots of tension       in our house that evening. Late in the afternoon my father had      put Mary on a train in the North Station bound for Ipswich,     where she was to visit the Robbinses. The Ipswich line went through the heart of Salem. He knew nothing about the fire until     he got home and Uncle Oney Robbins called from Ipswich and   told him about it. Mary had not arrived and no trains were com-  ing through. The telephone was very busy for the next hour or      so as we attempted to locate the train she had taken and we eventually learned from the Boston and Main office that it had   been routed through Peabody. Finally, about 9 P.M. Mary ar- rived safely in Ipswich and all was well.

   We had a fire alarm in our house hooked into the town system. Ina corner of our basement laundry there was a complicated     relay affair with lots of fascinating wires and switches and plugs.      I often watched my father tinkering with them.
   One day, at the age of four, I decided to go down and tinker   with the wires myself. This set all the fire alarms ringing and the