Don [Dickinson?] and Joe, 1921

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Don [Dickinson?] and Joe, 1921


From the Viola Elizabeth Bettinger (1899-1983) photo album. This photo was shared on the Granville-Tolland Community Forum page (Facebook) in February 2021. The question: Who is in this photo?

Jackie Wackerbarth Arnold provided the following, which seems like the most plausible answer:

"This is the mill and pond at Joel and Judith Dickinson's. There was a Donald Dickinson. I believe he lived in the house that is the first house on the right in Granville as you're coming up the Gorge. Dixie was maybe his daughter? And that's Sodom Mountain in the background."

Donald Lester Dickinson (4 May 1908 - 26 Sep 1978) was the son of Howard Brown Dickinson and Lucy Moore Dickinson. He is buried in the Silver Street Cemetery.

There is an alternative thought that this might be Don Bettinger but no such person has been located in Granville or Westfield records.

The following is from the "Southwick Time Machine:"

"In front of a crowd of holiday bathers, Harold James Reeves (19) of West Granville, Mass. waded into the waters of North Pond at Lake Congamond, where he drowned on July 4, 1929.
Reeves, who couldn't swim, was in shallow water when he stepped into a deep hole and sank. His buddy, Donald Dickinson, also of West Granville [this is likely incorrect, Donald Dickinson lived in East Granville] , went in after him but was quickly exhausted. Reeves was brought up and worked on for about 2-hours but they couldn't save him
His body was taken to the Lambson undertaking parlor at Westfield.
He is buried in West Granville Cemetery.
His brother Francis was driving his father's truck in Suffield, Conn. when an accident occurred on November 22, 1929.
He was attacked by members of a wedding party of a Springfield man and was badly beaten when they falsely accused him of causing the accident. He managed to break free and ran some 500-ft before they again beat him before fleeing.
Harold James Reeves: July 18, 1909 - July 4, 1929.
Francis Reeves: 1907 - August 2, 1970."

Viola Bettinger was a teacher at the old Granville Village School during the early 1920's. Her photo album was donated to the Granville Library Historical Room. All photos in the album have been scanned and added to Granville History Digital Collection. The collection can be viewed in its entirety by searching on Viola Bettinger.




Granville Library Historical Room


“Don [Dickinson?] and Joe, 1921,” Granville History Digital Collection, accessed March 2, 2024,


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