Scope and Content of Collection
Title: Albert Dickerman scrapbooks
Collection number: MS 7
5 linear ft.
4 flats, 1 document box
University of California, Santa Cruz. University Library.
Special Collections and Archives
Santa Cruz, California 95064
Abstract: This collection consists of clipping scrapbooks from California and Michigan newspapers compiled by Albert Dickerman (1840-1917),
Civil War veteran, judge and Watsonville attorney.
Physical location: Stored in Special Collections & Archives: Advance notice is required for access to the papers.
Languages represented in the collection:
Collection open for research.
Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and
their heirs. For permission to publish or to reproduce the material, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.
Albert Dickerman scrapbooks. MS 7. Special Collections and Archives, University Library, University of
California, Santa Cruz.
Watsonville, CA - "A. Dickerman Enters Last Slumber"
Albert Dickerman, the well known attorney and Civil War veteran, died at his home on East Third street yesterday afternoon
after a comparatively brief illness, his death coming after the Pajaronian had been issued.
He had been failing for the past few months but up to a few days ago had been able to walk to and from his office.
A first class account of his life is contained in the "Dickerman Ancestry," a history complied by a member of his family,
and "The Story of the Thousand," both books being in Judge Dickerman's library. The account is as follows:
Albert Dickerman was born March 26, 1840, at Masonville, Delaware County, New York, and was a descendant of Thomas Dickerman
who came to America from England in 1635. His grandfather was a soldier of the Revolutionary War. His father was Nathaniel
Dickerman, and his mother was Mary Ann Ferry Dickerman. Mr. Dickerman was reared on a farm among the hills of Delaware County.
His father having died when he was five years of age he assisted his mother, brothers and sisters in obtaining a livelihood,
attended the district school until he was sixteen years of age. At that time he attended an academy for two terms.
At the age of seventeen he moved with his people to Cleveland, Ohio. From that time until he went into the army he was studying
and teaching, a part of the time in Ohio and Missouri, where he was when the war broke out and he witnessed a good deal of
feeling and excitement.
In July, 1862, he enlisted as a private in Co. "E- 105th Regiment of Ohio Infantry. On reaching camp he was appointed sergeant
major, after about four months second lieutenant, in which capacity he served until the close of the war, twice declining
captains' commission. His regiment was in the Fourteenth Army Corps under General Thomas and later under Sherman, participating
in the movements of that corps through Kentucky and Tennessee; in the Atlanta campaign; the March to the Sea; through the
Carolinas to Goldsboro; to Raleigh, Richmond and Washington and taking part in the Grand Review. The regiment was mustered
out and disbanded in June 1865.
After he was mustered out he studied law at Union College in Cleveland, and was admitted to practice in June, 1866. In August
of that year he located at Hillsdale, Michigan. While living there he served for three years as Director of Public Schools,
for four years as Probate Judge, and represented the county in the state Senate, during 1881 and 1882 practicing profession
in the meantime.
In the spring of 1882 he moved to Muskegon, Michigan. There he served in that capacity for six years. At the close of his
term he declined to be a candidate for re-election and in 1894 moved to Watsonville.
After his arrival in Watsonville Mr. Dickerman began the practice of law and was associated for a time with H.A. von C Torchiana,
now in San Francisco. He was successful in the law and was known in this city as a man of high ideals, of fertile intellect
and of Christian character. He was a prominent member of the R.L. McCook Post G.A.R., of this city and was respected and esteemed
by all that knew him. Judge Dickerman was one of this community's most estimable citizens and his death will be mourned by
all that knew him.
He is survived by his wife, who resides here; a daughter, Mrs. Marcus Snow of Muskegon, Mich., a granddaughter, Miss Marcia
Snow and a sister, Mrs. Charles E. Palmer of Fostoria, New York.
The funeral will be held from the family residence tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 o'clock with interment in the I.O.O.F. cemetery.
Obituary from the Watsonville Pajaronian (1917)
Scope and Content of Collection
This collection consists of four clipping scrapbooks from California and Michigan newspapers compiled by Albert Dickerman
(1840-1917), Civil War veteran, G. A. R. member, judge and Watsonville attorney. Also included is one box of loose clippings
and some biographical material.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in
the library's online public access catalog.
Grand Army of the Republic
Old Soldiers: Santa Cruz County Civil War Veterans by Robert L. Nelson.