Dascomb, Alfred Brooks
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Birth: 06/07/1873, Hillsborough, NHADDITIONAL INFORMATION
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Rev. ALFRED BROOKS DASCOMB, the son of George and Mary (Steele) Dascomb, was born at Hillsborough Bridge, New Hampshire, June 7, 1837. His early life was spent upon his father's farm. He was fitted for college at Francestown, New Hampshire, Academy, though he had previously studied Latin with his pastor, Rev. Jacob Cummings (D. C. 1819).
After graduating he became principal of the Westminster, Vermont, Seminary, remaining there until 1860, meanwhile studying theology in private, and attending more or less lectures at Andover, and at Union Theological Seminaries. He was licensed to preach by the Windham, Vermont, Association February 6, 1859. He began his ministerial life at Waitsfield, Vermont, December 1, 1860, where he was ordained January 15, 1862, and installed November 15, 1866. He was dismissed from this church October 31, 1867, to enable him to accept a call to the Congregational church at Woodstock, Vermont, where he labored from December 5, 1867, to February 3, 1874. The church in Winchester, Massachusetts, hearing of his success in Vermont, made a requisition on him, which he honored, and became its pastor March 4, 1874, remaining till July, 1878, when ill health compelled him to give up, for a time at least, his chosen work. He purchased a farm in Westminster, Vermont, where he ever after lived, though temporarily supplying the churches at Westmoreland, New Hampshire, and Quechee, Vermont. His health having somewhat improved he consented in June, 1879, to serve the church at Bellows Falls, Vermont, stipulating that he should continue to make his home on his farm, and this service he continued till 1890, when he felt that he could endure the strain no longer.
He was in the employ of the United States Christian Commission for a few months in 1863, having charge of the office at Nashville, Tennessee, and at the same time acted as chaplain of the Fifth Kentucky Cavalry. He published a Sermon on the Death of President Lincoln, 1865; Memorial Record of the Soldiers from Waitsfield, Vermont, 1867. Several of his sermons were solicited by the newspapers and by them were published in full.
Dascomb was a clean man, a clear thinker, an earnest and acceptable preacher, a sympathetic pastor, and except for his ill health he would have attained a high place in the ministry. Indeed, as it was, the pulpits he filled were no mean ones. He bravely struggled a long time against physical weakness, accompanied by mental depression, the latter increased by the death of a most promising son, until at last the brain reeled and his life went out, by his own hand, July 13, 1894.
He was married, (1) August 30, 1860, to Stella Ranney, daughter of Nathaniel and Elmerine (Ranney) Nutting, Westminster, Vermont, who died January 7, 1885; (2) March 4, 1886, to Celia N., daughter of Stephen and Sarah Stephens (Foster) French. His children were by his first wife. Of these the second son, Charles Edmund (D. C. 1888), a student in Union Theological Seminary, died December 25, 1892. The living are George Alfred, a successful lumber merchant at San Antonio, Texas; Harry N. (D. C. 1893), who is pastor of the influential Congregational Church at Port Huron, Michigan; Mary S., a kindergarten teacher at Bellows Falls, Vermont; Arthur S. (D. C. 1897, partial course) pastor Congregational Church, Austin, Minnesota; and Alice S., a teacher in the public schools of Bellows Falls, Vermont.
The second Mrs. Dascomb was married October 21, 1899, to Charles H. Dascomb, a brother of our classmate, and now lives at Red Bluff, Telhama County, California.
Source: Samuel L. Gerould, Biographical Sketches of the Class of 1858 Dartmouth College, (Telegraph Publishing Co., Nashua, NH), 29-31.