Biography of Thomas S. Dickison, M.D.

Thomas S. Dickison, M.D., a young physician of Houlton, Aroostook County, who gives fair promise of becoming one of the foremost practitioners of the county, was born March 10, 1868, in Carleton, N.B., being one of the eleven children born to Adam and Janet (Gibson) Dickison. He was reared on a farm, and received his elementary education in the district schools of his native town. There he showed such a strong inclination for books that his parents encouraged him to continue his studies by sending him to the Woodstock Grammar School. From that institution he was subsequently graduated at the head of a class of thirty-five pupils, taking the first prize, a scholarship worth sixty dollars a year to him while at the New Brunswick University, which he soon afterward entered. A younger brother, Adam S. Dickison, won the same prize in that school two years later, and, having since become a proficient civil engineer, is now stationed at Westbrook, Me. Thomas S. Dickison again distinguished himself by capturing another scholarship while at the university, in which he took a three years’ course. At the same time during the long summer vacations he studied medicine with Dr. Cobb, a physician of repute in Portland, Me. In 1893 he was graduated, magna cum laude, from Bellevue Medical College, New York, among the first four in his class. Then, ambitious to take advantage of every opportunity for improving his knowledge, the Doctor spent three months at the New York Midwife Dispensary, where he made a special study of obstetrics and children’s diseases. Thus thoroughly equipped, he located in Houlton. During the comparatively short time that he has been here he has won a large and lucrative practice, and gained the confidence and good will of all with whom he has been brought in contact.

Fraternally, the Doctor is an Odd Fellow; and in 1893 he was made a member of the I. 0. F., in the local lodge of which he is Past Physician. At the present time he is High Physician for the Foresters of the State of Maine, a responsible position, to which he was elected at the last State convention in Portland, defeating his predecessor in the office, Dr. L. A. Merritt, of Pittsfield, Me. He is a member of the Y. M. C. A., of Fredericton, N.B., and was an active worker in that organization while living in that city. On October 22, 1895, Dr. Dickison married Almatia, daughter of Charles Nelson, of Houlton. They have one child, Horace Earl.

Source: Biographical review: containing life sketches of leading citizens of Somerset, Piscataquis, Hancock, Washington, and Aroostook counties, Maine. Boston: Biographical Review Publishing Company, 1898.

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