Family Association




APRIL, 2018



Henry’s father was George R. Dickinson (1832-1887), who owned several paper mills in Holyoke and was a large real estate owner in Springfield.  His son Henry S., born 9/26/1863, followed closely in his footsteps and became President of the George R. Dickinson Paper Company, at age 24, and later Vice President of the American Writing Paper Co. after a large merger of other paper mills throughout MA, NY, and NJ.  In 1899, his company produced 76% of the output of all fine writing paper in the U.S.  In 1900, Henry moved to Boston (Brookline), however his children remained with their grandparents and were raised in Springfield.  His office was located at 45 Milk St. in the Industrial Trust Co. Building.


Henry attended some of the early Dickinson Family Reunions and was a very outgoing, likeable, social person.   He served in several political capacities as follows: 1889-1890 Board of Alderman, 1891 State Rep., 1897-1898 Mayor of Springfield, MA.  In 1895, he was a charter member of the “Springfield Lodge” and continued to serve as a mason while in Boston.  In addition to being an active philanthropist, he enjoyed fishing, competitive sailing, and horse-riding.  Unfortunately, on May 2, 1912, Henry passed at his beach house in Hull, MA due to an extended illness.  A future reunion may focus on Henry S. and other Dickinson’s who owned mills in Holyoke.



A message from the DFA Board

Hello Cousins,


Plans for the 2018 reunion in South Hadley, MA have been confirmed.  The Friday evening events will take place at The Yarde Tavern (3 Hadley St.) located across the Village Green from Mount Holyoke College.  Entre choices are: Chicken Marsala, Baked Cod, and Roasted Pork Loin. Salad, vegetables, rolls, coffee or tea, and dessert are included.

Saturday’s events will be held at the Willits-Hallowell Center (Morrison Room) same exact location as the 2013 reunion.  As per our recent newsletters, we are pleased to welcome, Ginger Grace (an accomplished actress), who will present an interactive performance entitled “Inside Emily Dickinson: Her Poetry and Her Life”.  We will also have a display table of information on other Dickinson Families.  On Sunday, you may also consider taking a tour of the Emily Dickinson Museum, as the reconstruction of its Conservatory was completed last year.

The schedule for the reunion events appears below (Saturday details are subject to change).  Enclosed with this newsletter is a reservation card and return envelope.  Please observe the deadline of June 14 for returning this card.  Directions for getting to the venues will appear in the June newsletter as will the final schedule.  We invite anyone who has something to add to our exhibit table to bring it on Saturday at 9:00am.

We’re happy to report that the January newsletter has elicited interest from some possible new board members.  We continue to invite any interested DFA members to contact one of the current board members and come join us at a board meeting.  The next one will be on Friday, June 22 at The Yarde Tavern at 5:30pm, before our annual dinner.  That board meeting is a less formal one, and is always open to any DFA member who wishes to attend.




Friday, June 22

5:30pm            Open Informal Board Meeting

6:00pm            Social Hour

7:00pm            Annual Reunion Dinner

Saturday, June 23

9:15am       Gathering of cousins: registration, exhibits, sales & refreshments

11:15am     Counting of Cousins and Presentation of Gifts

11:45pm     Lunch

12:30pm     Group photo

12:45pm     Annual meeting

1:15pm       Main Speaker, Ginger Grace,  Topic:  “Inside Emily Dickinson” Performance

3:00pm       Q&A Session and Concluding Ceremony ending by 3:30 pm

Ken Dickinson,  Vice President


Please return your reservation card (shown at bottom on page 3) as soon as possible.









































































































Application forms are now available for the 2018 DFA scholarship.  Applicants must be descendants of Nathaniel Dickinson and must be accepted to a four-year college or university.  The deadline for submission is April 30, 2018.  Full information on requirements and an application form may be found on our website.  For additional information you may contact our scholarship chair, Jean Whitten, 9 Shepherd Rd, Manchester, NH 03104, jwhitten128@gmail.com.







Diana Roberts Anderson, Hulett, NY; Stanley J. & Audree Dickinson Ayres, Eau Claire WI; Heidi Babos; Tabitha Bell; Marcia L. Calvin, Wakefield MA; Lillian Campbell, South Hadley, MA; Helen Condict Case; Candy Cooke, Buchanan Dam, TX; Brian Dickinson Crangle, Bayside, NY; Ruth Crespi, W Hartford, CT; Shirley Daniels, Roseville, CA; Andrew Dickinson, Wynantskill, NY; Barbara Dickinson, Roswell, NM; Betsy and Roy Dickinson, Clinton, CT; Betty Dickinson; Christina L. Dickinson; Kristen Dickinson, Red Wing, MN; Mary Edward Dickinson, Cheshire, CT; Mary M. Dickinson, Granville MA; Robert H. Dickinson, Apopka, FL; William and Jean Dickinson, Holyoke, MA; Paul Oliver Dickinson, Vernon, FL; John A. Estes, Ocala, FL; Margaret Ann Dickinson Gaetani, Kennebunk, ME; Chuck and Linda Dickinson Gardner, Monument, CO; Marelda Hart, Myrtle Beach, SC; William Lundin, North Canton, OH; Thomas McGurk, Dunwoody, GA; Joyce Murdock, Peoria, AZ; Thomas Shepard, Greenwich CT; Barry Smith, Barry; Lee Steventon, Menlo Park, CA; Kim Dickinson Testa, Altamont, NY; Joyce Howe Wagner, Simsbury, CT; William Wamester, Middletown, CT; Brad Dickinson; Thomas S. Dickinson; Mary Jane Dickinson Graham; Meredith Gray; Tom Guettler; Autumn Rader; Robie Spector




Please send your births, marriages and death announcements to Dickinson Genealogist Rebecca Passa at rlpassa99@gmail.com or 17 Pine St, Easthampton, MA 01207.




Please send your address and e-mail address changes to our membership clerk, Beth Landolina, at bethland719@yahoo.com.



Web site:  www.dickinsonfamilyassociation.org

Newsletter editor:  Dale Williams