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which he has since been treasurer and a di-
rector ; he helped to organize the Consoli-
dated Wrapping Machine Company, and is
treasurer and a director of the company ; he
is a director of the Automatic Weighing Ma-
chine Company of New York of which he
was an organizer, he is a director of the
United Button Company of New York, and
was also a member of the reorganization
committee ; he was an organizer and is treas-
urer and a trustee of the Springfield Realty-
Trust, director of the American Finance and
Securities Company of New York, and was
one of the organizers of "the Fuller Realty
Trust, of which he is president and a trustee.
Mr. Bowman was active in politics for some
years, and was a member of the common



council two years, the latter of which (t888)
he was president 1 if that body. He was a
member of the board of aldermen three years,
and presided over that body the last year of
his service. He is a member of the Board
of Trade, and was its president four consec-
utive years (1904-1908), a longer term of ser-
vice than that of any other president. He
is treasurer of the City Library Association,
treasurer of the International Y. M. C. A.
Training School ; treasurer of the Hitch-
cock Free Academy of Brimfield : trus-
tee of Wesson Memorial Hospital, and
a member of the River Front Com-
mission. He is a member of George Wash-
ington Chapter, Sons of the American Rev-
olution ; of the Connecticut Valley Historical
Society ; and is affiliated with the following
Masonic organizations : Springfield Lodge,
F. and A. M. ; Morning Star Royal Arch
Chapter ; and Springfield Council, Royal and
Select Masters. He is also a member of the
Royal Arcanum, and of the following named
clubs : Winthrop, Nayasset, Country, Eco-
nomic, South Branch Fishing, Canadian
Camp (of New York City) Engineers' (New
York City), and The Club (a literary organi-
zation). He is a member of the First High-
land Church and is chairman of its board of
directors. He is also an honorary member
of the Naval Brigade. Mr. Bowman is a
close observer, and has obtained much of
his large stock of general information at first
hand by travel. In 1878, in company with
Ralph W. Ellis, he visited Europe and toured
nearly every country, both continental and
insular. In America he has become familiar
with the United States and a large part of
Canada and Mexico by travel.

Henry H. Bowman married (first) Novem-
ber 18, 1874, Gertrude Mary Ellis, born in
South Hadley Falls, April 16, 1851, died No-
vember 25, 1893 ; (second) January 23, 1895,
Lida (Graves) De Golyer, widow of Joseph
De Golyer, of Troy, New York. She died
October 18, 1899. He married (third) Feb-
bruary 6, 1902, Mary (Graves) Eddy, widow
of Lawrence B. Eddy. Of the first marriage
were: 1. Madeline, born December 28, 1876;
married May 15, 1899, Alexander Amerton
Morton, of Wakefield, Massachusetts ; two
children : Amerton Bowman, born Septem-
ber 18, 1900; Frederic Wilbur, December 28,
1902. 2. Harry Ellis, born October 20, 1882,
died December 22, 1882. 3. Tula Ellis, born
October 30. 1883; married. January 8, 1907,



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George Shaw Sabin, of Portland, Maine ; one
child, Henry Bowman, born January 28,
1908.

(The Field Line — See Roger Field 1).

( XV ) Elisha, fourth son of Deacon Jona-
than and Elizabeth (Cooley) Field, was born
in Leverett, Massachusetts, February 19, 1781.
He settled in 1806 in Sunderland, in 1816 re-
moved to Deerfield, where he died August 25,
1865. He married November 18, 1806, Per-
sis. daughter of Caleb and Calista Hubbard
of Sunderland. She was burn July 1, 1784,
and died February 4. 1857. Children: Alden
Cooley; Elijah Stratton, Lucretia Ashley, Cal-
ista Hubbard, Jonathan Spencer, Persis Ma-
ria, Tryphena Montague, Mary Jane. Elisha
Hubbard, and Martha Maria.

( XVI ) Persis Maria, third daughter of Eli-
sha and Persis (Hubbard) Field, was born
August 25, 1818, and married September 6,
1843. Caleb Hubbard Bowman (see Bow-
man).



This patronymic comes from
PARSONS persona, Latin for mask. Ac-
tors wore a wooden mask in
early times so as to throw their voice out, a
presagement of the modern telephone. Even
tually tin- actor was called after the mask he
wore — dramatis personae. The possessor was
called by the thing he possessed. The word
had a double significance. In ecclesiastical
language it was referable to a man of dignity
and bestowed upon one with a benifice or liv-
ing who committed the cure of souls to a vicar.
Thus actors and parsons derived their names
from the same root, though they are now
diametrically opposed to each other. We first
had the form, the parson's son, or the par-
son's John. This was finally and formally ab-
breviated to Tarsons. In earlv times the
clergy were not bound to celibacy. The her-
aldic designs of this family were. Gu. two
chevronels ermine between three eagles dis-
played or. Crest: An eagle's leg erased at the
thigh or, standing on a leopard's face, gules.
Among those of the name in America who
have especially distinguished themselves have
been the learned Theophilus Parsons, chief
justice of Massachusetts: Andrew Parsons,
governor of Michigan ; Lewis P. Parsons, gov-
ernor of Alabama; and General Lewis B. Par-
sniis. We find by the herald's visitations that
the oldest known Parsons of record was John
of Cuddington, A. D. T284. In the roll of pos-
sessions in the Abbey of Malmesburv is the



name of William le Parsons in 1307. It was a
south of England name not found much in the
northern counties. Thomas Parsons was of
the squirarchy and gentry of England, and
lived at Great Milton in Oxfordshire.

(I) Hugh, son of Thomas Parsons, of
Great Milton, had five children. We have the
names of three — Robert, Joseph and Benja-
min.

( II ) Benjamin, fifth son of Hugh Parsons,
was born in Great Torrington, Devonshire,
about 1627, and died August 24, 1689, m
Springfield, Massachusetts. He came from
England, and settled in Springfield in 1656.
He was a brother to Cornet Joseph Parsons.
He was constable, fence-viewer, on the com-
mittee to make and seal a "Tole Dish" for
measuring wheat and corn, overseer of high-
ways, was selectman for a great many years.
He was a witness to the Crawford agreement,
was a juror in 1660 on a committee to grant
lands, 1665-79. He was a witness at the trial
of the slander suit of Cornet Joe Parsons vs.
Bridgeman, who had charged Joe's wife with
being a witch. In 1679 he was on a commit-
tee to take a list of all ratable persons, also
on committee to admit inhabitants. In 1681 he
was fined for being absent at town meeting,
and in 1685 was on the committee of the En-
field boundary, and in 1687 to make a valua-
tion of land. His pew in church was fourth
from the deacon's seat. January 30, 1656, he
was granted one acre by the town, provided he
continue to live in Springfield five years, and
in 1660 he was granted land in what is now
Suffield. In 1662 he was allotted one acre at
Wet Meadow; in 1663 two acres of meadow
near John Matheas; in 1664 land at Ship-
muck: in 1669 still another tract in Pacow-
sick meadow. He went back to England as a
witness to his brother's will. He was said to
have been of superior intellectual and social
status from those by whom he was sur-
rounded. He was eminent in the church, and
an earnest worker and of great purity in pri-
vate life. His estate inventoried two hundred
twenty-two pounds. He married (first) Sarah
Yore, November 6, 1653, in England; (sec-
ond) Sarah (Heald), widow of John Leonard
who was killed by the Indians. She married
after Benjamin's death, Peter Tilton of Had-
ley. Their children: Sarah, born August 13,
T656; Benjamin, September 15, 1658; May,
December 10, 1660; Abigail, January 6, 1662;
Samuel (mentioned below) ; Mary, December
17, 1670; Hezekiah, November 24, T673 ; Jo-
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(III) Samuel, fifth child of Benjamin and
Sarah (Vore) Parsons, was born in Sprin-
field, October 10, 1668, and died at Enfield,
Connecticut, February, 1736. He married
Hannah, daughter of John and Hannah
Hitchcock. Children : Samuel, born No-
vember 3, 1690; Luke, January 4, 1696;
Hezekiah, April 13, 1698; Hannah, August
2, 1700; Nathaniel, December 28, 1702; Sa-
rah, November 10, 1704; Moses (mentioned
below) Merriam, April 9, 1710; and Daniel.

(IV) Moses, seventh child of Samuel and
Hannah (Hitchcock) Parsons, was born pre-
sumably in Springfield, and is said to have
died in a fit perhaps of apoplexy. The name
of his wife was Ruth. Their children : Mos-
es, Ezra and Ruth.

(V) Ezra, eldest son of Moses and Ruth
Parsons, was born in June, 1742, and died in
Ludlow, Massachusetts, 1802. This town was
first called Blanford, and by the Indians
Mineachogue. He was an early settler in
Ludlow, and lived near the common. He was
a fence-viewer in 1774. His death was caused
by falling from a scaffold in his barn. He
married Anna Fuller. Children : Lucinda,
Adin, Telotos, Clarissa Gerusha, Anna, Ez-
ra, John and Benjamin.

(VI) Ezra (2), seventh child of Ezra (1)
and Anna (Fuller) Parsons, was born in Lud-
low, in 1780, and died there in 1818. He mar-
ried. April 23, 1803, Mary Carter of Strat-
ford. Connecticut. Children : Roswell Carter
(see below); Reuben X'., born .April, 1807;
Nancy AI., December 15, 1810; Betsey Fi-
delia. 1813; William E., 1815.

(VII) Roswell Carter, eldest son of Ezra
(2) and Mary (Carter) Parsons was born in
Ludlow, April 5, 1805, and died in 1878. He
lived in New Haven. Connecticut, and Spring-
field, Massachusetts. He married Sophia,
daughter of Gad A^anHorn of Chicopee. Chil-
dren : Albert Livingston, Marv Louisa, and
William Reuben, both mentioned below.

(VIII) Alary Louisa, only daughter of Ros-
well Carter and Sophia (Van Horn) Parsons,
was born June 5, 1833, in Ludlow. She mar-
ried Harry Bishop, born in Springfield, 1843.
He obtained his educational advantages in
the public schools and was otherwise private-
ly educated. He entered the employment of
Thompson's Express Company, and after-
wards had charge of the Adams Express of-
fice in New York City. He met an untimely
death by falling against the railing on a
Broadway car and receiving internal injuries
from which he died. His was a genial, manlv



nature, a delightful companion, a sincere
friend, and was much esteemed. They had
one child, Harry Morton Freeman Bishop,
born in Springfield, June 4, 1853, died April
5, 1909. He attended the Springfield schools,
graduating from the high school. He was
associated with the Springfield Republican,
and was for a time assistant city clerk. He
married Abbie Jefts, of Springfield, who died
in 1892, and was a graduate of the high
school. They had one child, Charles Morton,
born in Springfield, January 5, 1882, gradu-
ated from the high school, and is now book-
keeper and stockholder in the Farmers' Shoe
Company, Springfield.

(VIII) William Reuben, youngest son of
Roswell Carter and Sophia (Van Horn) Par-
sons, was born in New Haven, Connecticut,
August 2, 1836. He made use of the educa-
tional facilities of New Haven and Spring-
field, whither his parents removed. At an
early age he went to work for Bemis & Call,
and after a period of service with them en-
tered the United States Armory, remaining
during the civil war. His next employment
was with Smith &: Wesson. He is now retired
from business, attending to his personal es-
tate. In politics he is a Republican. He
married Margaret Bishop, of Springfield, in
1863, she died January, 1880. They had two
children : Gertrude, married Henry H. Skin-
ner ; Frank Robinson, died November 17,
ryor, a dentist. Air. Parsons married (second)
Clarise, daughter of Frederick Gampert, of
London. England. She graduated from the
Woman's College in New York in 1894, and
was one of the incorporators of the Wesson
Memorial Hospital and a member of the med-
ical staff.



Eleven centuries ago a
DICKINSON soldier of fortune made
his appearance at the
court of Halfdan Huilbein, king of Norway.
His name was Ivar. He had been a shep-
herd and had been captured by the North-
men and carried to sea. He became a favorite
at the Norwegian court. The king made him
general of his army and in 725 gave him his
daughter Eurithea in marriage. He was
called Prince of Uplands. When the king
died the son of Ivar became heir to the
throne and during his minority Ivar was re-
gent. This son Eystein reigned until 755. He
was succeeded by his son Harold Harfager.
Rollo, a Prince of this line, overran Nor-
mandy in 910. His sixth and youngest son,



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Walter, received the castle and town of Caen
as an inheritance. His great-grandson. Wal-
ter de Caen, accompanied William, the Nor-
man, to England at the time of the conquest.
To this nobleman the line of Dickinsons des-
cended from the first American pioneer, Na-
thaniel, may be traced. Tradition says that
the name Dickinson is taken from the fact
that Walter De Caen lived in a manor in
England, known as Kenson, and that ever af-
terward the name was De Kenson. now
Dickinson. Nathaniel is the fifteenth in this
line, as follows :

(I) Walter de Caen, later Walter de Ken-
son, taking the name from his manor in
Yorkshire. (II) Johnne Dykonson, freehold-
er of Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire, mar-
ried. 1 _•<«>, Margaret Lambert, died 1316.
(Ill) William Dykenson, freeholder as above,
died 1330. (IV) Hugh Dykensonne, freehold-
er as above, died 1376. (V) Anthoyne Dick-
ensonne, freeholder as above, married, 137''.
Katheryne De La Pole; he died 1396. (VI)
Richard Dickerson, freeholder as above, mar-
ried, 1399, Margaret Cooper, died 1441. (VII)
Thomas Dickinson, freeholder as above, mar-
ried Margaret Lambert; alderman first ward
Hull 1443-44: mayor 1444-45 : died 1475.
(A III) Hugh Dickinson, freeholder as above,
married, 1451, Agnes Swillington ; removed
1475 to Kenson Manor, Yorkshire; died
1509. (IX) William Dickinson, freeholder of
Kenson Manor, married, 1475, Isabel Lang-
ton ; died 1546. (X) John Dickinson, settled
in Leeds, Yorkshire, married, in 1499, Eliz-
abeth Danby; alderman 1525-54; died in
1554. (XI) William Dickinson, settled in
Brindley I fall, Staffordshire; married, in
1520, Rachel Kinge ; died 1580. (XII) Rich-
ard Dickinson, of Bradley Hall, married,
1540, Elizabeth Bagnall ; died 1605. (XIII)
Thomas Dickinson, clerk in the Portsmouth
navy yard. 1567 to 1587, removed to Cam-
bridge, 1587; married, 1567, Judith Carey;
died 1590. (XIV) William Dickinson, settled
in Ely. Cambridge, married, 1594, Sarah Sta-
cey, of Ely ; died 1628.

( XV) Nathaniel Dickinson, son of William
Dickinson, was born in Ely, Cambridge, in
1600. He married, January, 1630, at East
Bergolat. Suffolk. Anna Cull, widow of Wil-
liam < kill. Thev came to Wethersfield, Con-
necticut, in 1636-37. He was one of the lead-
ers in the colony. He was town clerk in
1645, representative to the general court in
1646-47. He removed to Hadley, Massa-
chusetts, in 1659, and was admitted a free-



man there in 1661. He was chosen deacon
of the church and first recorder of the town.
He was selectman, assessor and town magis-
trate. He was a member of the Hampshire
Troop, and on the first board of trustees of
Hopkinton Academy. He resided a few years
at Hatfield. He died at Hadley, June 16,
1676. He married (first) in England, Anna
Gull; (second) Anne - — , when he went
to Hadley. The children of Nathaniel and
Anna (Gull) Dickinson were: 1. John, born
1630, killed in King Philip's war. 2. Joseph,
1632. killed by Indians, 1675. 3. Thom-
as, 1643. 4- Anna or Hannah, 1636; mar-
ried John Clary and Enos Kingsley, of
Northampton. 5. Samuel. 6. Obadiah. April

15, 1641. 7. Nathaniel, August, 1643. 8.
Nehemiah, about 1644. 9. Hezekiah, Feb-
ruary, 1645-46. 10. Azariah, October 4, 1648,
killed in swamp fight, August 25, 1675.

( XVI ) Nehemiah, seventh son of Nathan-
iel and Anna ( ( lull ) Dickinson, was born about
1644, was made a freeman in 1690, and died
September i), 1723. Nehemiah Dickinson was
selectman 1 675-80-83-85-87-89-9 1-94- 1 700-02-
04-11-14. In 1702-04 he is spoken of as cor-
net, and in 1711-14 as lieutenant. Perhaps an-
other Nehemiah appeared in 1702. He mar-
ried Mary, probably Cowles, daughter of John.
Their children were: 1. Nehemiah, born June
5, 1672. 2. William, May 18, 1675. 3. John,
February 14, 1676, died February 16, 1676. 4.
Mary, January 4, 1678. married, August 6,
1702, Samuel Gaylord. 5. John (twin), Jan
uarv 4. 1678. 6. Sarah. April 9, 1680, mar-
ried, July 4, 1709, Samuel Mighill. 7. Samuel,
August 16, 1682. 8. Hannah, September 6,
1(184, married, September 23, 1714, Benjamin
Church. 9. Esther, March 3, 1687. 10. Na-
thaniel. August 23, 1689. tt. Israel, March

16. 1 69 1 . 12. Abigail, January 14, 1693. 13.
Ebenezer, September 17. 1696. 14. Rebecca.
April 2, 1699, married, December 16, 1725,
Jonathan Smith.

(XVII) William, second son of Nehemiah
and Mary (Cowles) Dickinson, was born in
Hadley, May 18. 1675, died June 24, 1742. He
was elected selectman 1719-23-25-27-29-31-36-
38. He is mentioned in the record as sergeant
from 1723 to 1729, and thereafter as ensign.
He married Mary, daughter of Jonathan
Marsh. Children: 1. Mary, born February
2T,. 1704, married. April 6, 1727, John Smith,
son of Ebenezer. 2. William, April 26, 1706.
3. Dorcas. March 21. 1709, married, May 10,
1728, Hezekiah Smith. 4. John, November



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1783



2 7> I 7 I 5- 5- Josiah, August 8, 1724. 6. Eli-
sha, May 18, 1729.

(XVIII) John, second son (if William and
Mary (Marsh) Dickinson, was born in Had-
ley, November 27, 1715, died September 25,
1753. He was selectman of Hadley, 1748. He
married, April 15, 1741 , Martha, daughter of
Moses Cook. She married (second) June 25,
1761, David Bagg, of Blandford, and died
June 29, 1762. Children: 1. Mary, born Jan-
uary 12, 1742, died May 12, 1743. 2. William,
October 4, 1743, died August 30, 1746. 3.
Martha, September 7. 1745, married (first)
Perez Jones, (second) Elisha Cook Jr. 4.
Marsh, ( (ctober 15, 1747, died October 17,
l 7A7- 5- John, October 30, 1748. 6. Mary,
January 20, 175 1, married, November 15,
1770, Enos Smith, and died February 7, 1815.
7. William, died November 24, 1757, aged
four.

(XIX) John, son of John and Martha
( Cook ) Dickinson, was born in Hadley, Octo-
ber 30, 1748, died December 2, 1830. "John
Dickinson of Hadley was a private in Captain
Reuben Dickinson's company of minute-men,
Colonel R. Woodbridge's regiment, marched
on the alarm of April 19, 1775; service, 11
days ; also, Captain Reuben Dickinson's Com-
panv ; Colonel Benjamin Ruggles Wood-
bridge's (Twenty-fifth) regiment; company
receipt for advance pay dated Cambridge, June
22, 1 775 ; also private, same company and regi-
ment : company return dated Prospect Hill,
September 28, 1775 ; also order for bounty
coat or its equivalent in money dated camp,
near Prospect Hill, October 26, 1775 ; also
Captain Reuben Dickinson's company ; list of
men appearing on a credit bill [year not giv-
en] : said Dickinson credited with two years,
ten months." He married Abigail Alexander,
who died December 30, 1832, aged eighty-four
years. Children: 1. Betsey, born October,
1774, married (first) October 2, 1798, Lemuel
Brown; (second) September 21, 1808, Major
John Smith and died June 22, 1832. 2. Abi-
gail. October 2, 1776. married, July 21, 1794,
Francis Newton. 3. Martha, December, 1778,
married Thomas Reynolds. 4. John, Decem-
ber 14, 1781. 5. Elijah, October 10, 1783. 6.
William, 1785. 7. Polly, November 19, 1787,
married, 181 3, Thomas Reynolds. 8. Theo-
docia, January, T790, died February 18, 1791.

(XX ) Elijah, second son of John and Abi-
gail (Alexander) Dickinson, was born Octo-
ber 10, 1783, died March 22, 1848. He mar-
ried, April 4, 181 5, Clarine, daughter of Sam-
uel White, of South Hadlev. She was born



April 3, 1789. Children: 1. Elijah Walden,
February 29, 1816. 2. Jerusha, February 15,
1819, married, November 25, 1848, Warren S.
Judd. 3. Alphonso, November 3. 1821, mar-
ried, January 20, 1853, . 4. Samuel Col-
lin-. December 11, 1824, married, (first) May
[6, 1846, Rachel S. Parsons ; (second) Jane

— . now of Brooklyn, New York. 5. Erne-
line, November 5, 1826, died September I,
1847. 6. Luther White. November 30, 1830,
married Kate Feigley.

(NX1 ) Elijah Walden, eldest child of Eli-
jah and Clarine (White) Dickinson, was born
in Hadley, February 29, 1816, died in Spring-
field, September 9, 1885. He was educated
in the common schools and at Hopkins Acad-
emy. "He was a close student and at one time
traveled as a lecturer for a panorama of
the Holy Land. He also taught school at
Hadley and other places and in 1840 went to
Springfield, where he was principal of the
grammar school which was afterward taken
charge of by Mr. Charles Barrows. Later he
went into the- furniture establishment of
Robert Crossett where he learned the up-
holstering business, and continued in the busi-
ness until 1862, when he went into the furni-
ture business in the Union Block. He sold
out in 1868, and a year later became a mem-
ber of the undertaking firm of Fisk & Dickin-
son, the firm having formerlv been Pomeroy
& Fisk. In 1872 Mr. Fisk retired and the
firm of E. W. Dickinson & Company was es-
tablished. Mr. Dickinson was a member of
the common council from ward three in 1855.
but never sought office. Before the war he
was an abolitionist to the core and was count-
ed with the "under ground railway" that aid-
ed slaves to escape, and was a firm friend of
John Brown and other workers in the anti-
slavery cause. He was one of the first dea-
cons of the North Church, but some thirty
years before his death with several others be-
came a Spiritualist and left the church. In
speaking of this change, he always said it was
"a matter of conscience with him, that he left
the church at great personal sacrifice, but in
accordance with his firm convictions. He
was a good citizen and his death was a loss
to the community." Elijah W. Dickinson
married, November — , 1839. Mary Abbott
Crossett, born February 18, 1814, died in
Springfield, November 17, 1859. She was the
daughter of Robert and Mary (Abbott) Cros-
sett (see Abbott). Robert Crossett, of New
Salem, was born May 18. 1781. son of Sam-
uel and Abigail (Cady) Crossett, and grand-



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son of Robert Crossett, who served in the
revolutionary war at Bennington, Vermont,
1777. Tt is also claimed by his kinsmen that
Samuel Crossett served in the revolutionary
war at Ticonderoga, where he was made a
prisoner by the Indians, but after great suf-
fering affected his escape. After her mother
died, Mary Abbott Crossett was brought up
in Elijah Abbott's family until old enough to
take care of herself. She attended school at
the academy in Hadley, where she met Mr.
Dickinson, whom she afterward married.
She was a member of the North Congrega-
tional Church. Four children were born of
this union. I. Mary Abbott, born August 31,
1840. died in Springfield, August, 1R77. 2.
Arthur Stuart, August 11, 1844, married, in
\gawam, April 9, 1872, Anna Robinson
Marsh, born in Northfield, Massachusetts,
July 29, 1853, daughter of Edwin A. and Bet-
sex- (Presho) Marsh, of X^awani. Eour
children have been born to them in Spring-
field: Lucille Marsh, Tune 28, 1873, died in
Oak Hill, Florida, October 14. 1805; Daisy
Anna, October 4, 1874; Mary Abbott, Febru-
ary T2, 1880; Lena Stuart, July 13, 1844. 3.
Francke YV.. see below. 4. An infant son.

( XXIL) Francke Walden, second son of
Elijah W. and Mary A. (Crossett) Dickin-
son, was born in Springfield, April m. 1840.
He was educated in the public and private
schools of Springfield, and learned the busi-
ness in which his father was- engaged. In
March. 1873. Arthur S. and Francke W.
Dickinson became associated with their father
in business under the firm name of E. W.
Dickinson &: Company, and carried on the en-
terprise until September, 1874. when the
father and Francke \Y . bought out the inter-
est of Arthur S. After the death of Elijah
W. Dickinson. Francke W. became the sole
owner of the business which he has since car-
ried on successfully. Mr. Dickinson has al-
ways taken an active interest in municipal af-
fairs, and being endowed with good judg-
ment, executive ability, and a pleasing per-
sonality, he has often been chosen to serve
the people. In 1888-90 he served as a mem-
ber of the common council of Springfield, and



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