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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Portrait Cyclopedia of Chautauqua County, New York published by John M. Gresham & Co. in 1891.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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E. H. DICKERMAN, one of the energetic and progressive business men of Westfield, was born in the city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and is a son of Edward B. and Margaret (Hull) Dickerman. The Dickerman family is of New England descent. Edward Dickerman, the father of E. H. Dickerman, was born and reared in the beautiful city of New Haven, Connecticut. He married Margaret Hull and left his native city to seek an inviting field of labor in the great west, where he settled in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He engaged successfully in the pork packing business on a large scale for many years, acquired considerable wealth and died in 1876.

After six years of age E. H. Dickerman was reared in Connecticut and New York. He received his early and academic education in these states and attended Yale College for two years. He then commenced the study of law, and in 1877 entered Columbia Law school from which he was graduated during the same year. Immediately after graduation he was admitted to the bar in New York city where he practiced until 1878 when he came to Westfield and soon left the active practice of his profession to engage in manufacturing. He became interested in the Wilson Boiler company of which he was president from 1879 until it went out of existence. When the present company was formed, Mr. Dickerman became a large stockholder and has taken an active part in its management ever since. The works cover about one and one-half acres of ground and are well equipped with all necessary machinery and modern appliances. The company employs a regular force of forty men and ship their manufactured goods to all sections of the State and to different parts of the Union. The prospects for future success of this enterprise are bright and encouraging.

In 1876, he married Kate B. Willey of Brooklyn, who died in 1879 and left two children: Arthur W. and Mary C.

In 1880, Mr. Dickerman united in marriage with Emily W. Willey, a sister to his first wife.

By his second marriage he has three children: Harry E., Lucille and Marion.

Mr. Dickerman has been supervisor of the village of Westfield for three years. He is a man of good judgment and business ability as is attested by the success that has attended his different enterprises. He is one of Westfield’s substantial and influential citizens.

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This family biography is one of 658 biographies included in Biographical and Portrait Cyclopedia of Chautauqua County, New York published in 1891. 

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