Memories of Frances Rae

      I was born in the house where I live now; 120 Mill Street.  My mother told me that the people they bought the
    house from had raised chickens in the attic.  She said she had quite a time getting it cleaned up.  When my
    grandfather died we moved down the street to the house next to the mill and lived with my grandmother for
    several years and then moved back here.

      My father, Asa Augustus Westcott, was selectman for around thirty years.  Victor Pepper served for many
    years with him.

      One of my fondest memories was Christmas.  The Drapers would give all the children a gift, such as an
    orange or a small box of Christmas candy.  

       We used to skate on Spindleville Pond.  We couldn't skate there too often, though.  I think it was because of
    the current.

      I remember sliding and tobogganing down Mill Street.  Roberta Simmons' father used to worry.  He thought
    we'd end up in the pond.

      My father had horses and a sleigh.  He called the sleigh a "pung."

      Dad's farm covered part of what is now the golf course and also Laurelwood.  He had hay for the horses and
    cows.  If it were wet, it could smolder, so we dried it in the fields.  We used to like to slide down on it, but Dad
    wouldn't let us because the cows wouldn't eat it then.  We used to put it on a hay rack in the barn.   Dad had as
    many as a dozen cows some years.  He also raised pheasants for the state.  They would pay farmers to raise
    them and when they were old enough someone would come and take them and release them in the woods.

      Evelyn Westcott, an aunt, lived on Greene Street.  She had an electric car.  She let me drive it one day.

      I can remember teaching kindergarten at the Community House.  Margaret Stanas and I taught there in the
    '50s while Memorial School was being built.  We were up on the top floor.

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