Albion College Graduate
Class of 1871
Mary Brockway, daughter of William and Clarissa Porter Brockway graduated from Albion College in 1871 and married Dr. Samuel Dickie the next year. She bore and raised four children: Clarissa, Ada, Mary and Brockway.
In 1877, her husband was elected to chair the mathematics and astronomy department at Albion College. The family lived on what soon came to be called Dickie Hill, now the east end of Victory Park. Samuel Dickie eventually also served as president of Albion College from 1901 to 1921. The Dickies celebrated their golden anniversary in Albion.
Mary threw her enthusiasm into the temperance movement and was elected president of the Albion Women’s Christian Temperance Union, taking charge of the children’s work. This educational work for children from the primary classes through the high school is now recognized as a potent factor in bringing about a locally overwhelming dry vote.
Source: Albion Evening Recorder, July 8, 1929
From: Albion AAUW. Some Notable Women of the Albion Area. Albion, Michigan: American Association of University Women. 1998.