Dickerman, Hervey S. & Nancy L. (Beach)

When Nancy Lucretia (Beach) Dickerman passed away in 1905 from complications from influenza, she had been a respected member of the Holyoke community for 30 years.  The daughter of Moses Beach, Nancy L. was born in Wolcott, CT.  She founded the Home school on Northampton Street in Holyoke in 1869.  There, among the students she educated and prepared for college life, were many of the area’s best young men and women.  She hosted several of the young boys of the Chinese Educational Mission until their recall to China in 1881.  It was one of her great joys that several of her students sent their own sons to be educated at her school in their fathers’ footsteps 23 years later.

Her husband, Hervey Smith Dickerman, was a farmer and house painter and a West Springfield native.  They married in Holyoke in 1857.  Hervey served for a year in the 46th Massachusetts infantry regiment during the Civil War.  He died from acute bronchitis in 1893 at age 59.

Mrs. Dickerman was survived by a daughter, Mrs. R. A. Dickinson, and a grand-daughter, Lucretia.



One Response to “Dickerman, Hervey S. & Nancy L. (Beach)”

  1. The Holiday Season | Boxer Indemnity Scholars Says:

    […] even sent their children to study in America and stay with their previous host families; the Dickermans taught both CEM Scholars and their sons, and the Kagwins hosted not only E. J. Chu and his […]

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