University of Massachusetts Amherst - Index Yearbook (Amherst, MA)

 - Class of 1897

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Walter Mason Dickinson THE subject of this sketch was born in Amherst, Mass., April 3, 1 8 6. After graduating from the public schools of his native town, he entered the Massachusetts Agricultural College in Sep- tember, 1873. In January of his Junior year he received a cadetship in the Military Academy, through the late President Seelye of Amherst, then a member of Congress. Mr. Dickinson entered West Point, April 24, 1876, and w as graduated June 12, 1880, immediately receiving a com- mission as Second Lieutenant, U. S. A. At the time of graduation he w as first Lieutenant in the Battalion of Cadets. Lieutenant Dickinson joined his troop at Fort Sill, Indian Territory, on Sept. 30, 1880, and passed the following winter in the field against Captain Paine and his " boomers, " who were trying to enter Oklahoma Territory. In the fall of 1881 he was ordered to Fort Cummings, New Mexico, where he remained neaidy two years. During that time he was in the field, and in the latter part of April, 1882, was in the fight of Steins Peak against the Apache Indians under Chief Loco. This may be considered the beginning of the Geronimo Campaign, as the Indians escaping from this fight and a subsequent one with the Mexican Regular Troops, formed a part of Geronimo ' s band. After another campaign in the spring, Lieutenant Dickinson was transferred to Fort Leavenworth. Here he attended the School for Officers, and after graduating, in 1885, was appointed Instructor in Signaling. At Fort Leavenworth he was married to Miss Mattie E. Otis, daughter of the late George L. Otis, of St. Paul, Minn. In September of the following year he was promoted to a First Lieutenancy in the Fourth Cavalry. In October he was ordered to Fort Hira-chuca, Arizona, and a year later to Jefferson Barracks, Mis- souri, on special recruiting duty. From here he went, in October, 18S9, to Fort McDowell, Arizona, but was immediately transferred to Fort Bowie as Post Qiiartermaster. His next post was Fort Walla Walla, Washing- ton, where he remained until ordered to the Yosemite Valley, Cal., in 104

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Military Ball. March 15, 1895. PATRONESSES. Mrs. H. II. GooDELL. Mrs. W. M. Dickinson. Mrs. J. B. Paige. Mrs. S. T. Maynard. Mrs. a. C. Washburne. Committee on Arrangements. H. E. Clark, Chairman. E. Hale Clark. H. A. Ballou. T. P. Foley. W. C. Brown. W. A. Root. W. L. Morse. F. L. Clapp. Senior Promenade , June 18, 1895. PATRONESSES. Mrs. J. B. Paige. Mrs. W. M. Dickinson. Mrs. S. T. M.wnard. ° Mrs. R. S. Lull. Mrs. F. S. Cooley. Committee. E. H. Clark. W. C. Brown. C. M. Dickinson. R. S. Jones. W. L. Morse. 103



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August, 1891. In November he was transferred to the Seventeenth Infantry, and joined his company at Fort D. A. Russell, Wyoming, the following February. On July ist he was ordered to the Massachusetts Agricultural College. Since entering upon his duties here he has worked energetically, making his department one of the best in college, and raising the Bat- talion to a standard of excellence never before attained. It is mainly due to his efforts that decided improvements have been made in the buildings and equipments of the Military Department. A disciplinai ' ian in discharge of his duty, he is socially one of the pleasantest of men. As a gentleman, professor, and soldier, he commands the respect and esteem of all. 105

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