Curt Garfield's grandfather Seneca Hall was the first police chief of Sudbury, Mass.
Standing in his yard on Boston Post Road, Hall would watch for speeders by seeing how quickly the car passed stripes painted on telephone poles, Garfield writes in "The Parson's Cat."
"Once he was sure that his victim was over the limit, he would sound a blast on his police whistle. The yahoo in question would generally screech to a stop as grandfather put on his hat, pulled his ticket book from the bib pocket of his overall and proceed to write out a speeding violation."
When asked what the police station looked like when he was a boy, Garfield had no problem recalling.
"It was our kitchen." [Link]