William H. H. Dickinson was born in Ohio in 1840, where he received a business education. When he was twenty years old, he went to Kansas, and served in the Third Kansas Infantry (later consolidated with the Fourth Kansas Regiment to become the Tenth Regiment, Kansas Volunteer Infantry) during the Civil War. He emigrated to Montana after 1868, moving to Fort Peck, Fort Benton, and then to the Bitterroot Valley, where he taught school, mined, and took photographs. In 1872 he was appointed postmaster in Missoula, Montana. He continued in that post, was one of the city's first merchants, and served as school clerk and superintendent of schools.
In 1871, Dickinson married Emma C. Slack, who had come to Montana from Baltimore, Maryland, in 1869. They were the first couple married in Missoula. She taught in Missoula's first public school beginning fall of 1869. She was one of the organizers of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Missoula, and remained active in that organization.
The Dickinsons had three children. Mr Dickinson died in 1910; Mrs. Dickinson died in 1927.
The collection contains a Dickinson family genealogy, Mr. Dickinson's Civil War diary, Mrs. Dickinson's reminiscence of early Missoula, an autograph book from Mr. Dickinson's family, personal and business financial records, an assay report, and early photographs of Missoula.The collection offers information on early life in Missoula, including residents, business, education, and the physical appearance of the town.
Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. and any other applicable statutes. Copyright not transferred to The University of Montana.
[Name of document or photograph number], William H. H. and Emma Dickinson Papers, Archives and Special Collections, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, The University of Montana--Missoula.
|1/2||William H.H. Dickinson diary||1861|
|1/3||William H. H. Dickinson autobiographical account based on 1861 diary||undated|
|1/4||Emma Dickinson reminiscences||undated|
|1/8||Dickinson store ledger||1879|
|69-0001: View of Missoula, Montana, and Mount Jumbo||circa 1890|
|69-0002: View of Missoula, Montana, taken from Waterworks Hill||1883|
|69-0003: Rattlesnake Creek during the Flood of 1908. Greenough Mansion on Vine Street in the background. Missoula, Montana||1908|
|73-0052: Missoula, Montana, view from
Waterworks Hill looking south.
Black line to the left is road to Bitterroot Valley.