About the Authors

About Becky Hatcher Crabtree

West Virginia educator and author Becky Hatcher Crabtree first became aware of Henry Lake Dickason after she and her husband Roger rented a home thirty-some years ago, Cismont, the grand home that Dr. Dickason had built, without knowing any of the rich history and compelling story connected to Dr. Dickason. Learning from neighbors, friends, and former colleagues and students of Dr. Dickason sparked Crabtree's interest in his remarkable career and lasting influence. The more she learned, the more she became fascinated with his life and achievements.

Since then, she has researched Dr. Dickason's life extensively. She was instrumental in installing a West Virginia State Highway Historical Marker in 2016. Seeing the state of disrepair of the Dickason Family Cemetery, she led efforts to fence the cemetery. Most recently, the author spearheaded a work project for a Boy Scout troop from the National Jamboree to clean and reset the tombstones in the cemetery. The Peters Mountain Chapter of the DAR sponsored all three projects.

Becky Crabtree's life work as a classroom teacher and a school principal reinforces her belief that children need to be aware of strong personalities in their communities and in local history. In her historical biographical novel, she shares her knowledge of the life and times of Dr. Henry Lake Dickason in hopes that others may be inspired to overcome obstacles and "to be somebody."

Becky and Roger currently live in Monroe County, WV. Both are proud graduates of Bluefield State College. They have three daughters: Papi Jeanne, Katherine (Katie) Rebecca, and Dinah Dale. At this writing, they also have five  grandchildren: Isabel, Elizabeth, Clark, Gabriel, and Rachel.

 

About Merri Jackson Hess

Merri Jackson Hess was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, but has lived in the mountains of southern West Virginia for the past 38 years. Her experiences growing up in the South during the Civil Rights movement contributed to her passion for telling Dr. Dickason's story. A retired public school teacher, her knowledge of American history and world events in addition to skills honed by years of teaching students how to research added a great deal to the historical accuracy of this book.

Hess is an avid reader, crafter, and expert cook of all Southern delicacies. She and husband, Tommy, enjoy travel, movies, and the Atlanta Braves. They plan to relocate to historic Charleston, South Carolina to live closer to daughter, Tamara Padgett, her husband Paul, and grandson Rich.

About the Books

Try and Be Somebody

  • Title: Try and Be Somebody: The Story of Dr. Henry Lake Dickason

  • Author: Becky Hatcher Crabtree with Merri Jackson Hess

  • Publisher: Fathom Publishing Company, PO Box 200448, Anchorage, AK 99520-0448, www.fathompublishing.com

  • Available at: Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com

  • ISBN: ISBN 978-1-888215-29-8 (Trade cloth)

  • ISBN 978-1-888215-30-4 (Paperback)

  • Ebook ISBN 978-1-888215-31-1(Kindle edition)

  • Number of Pages: 182

  • Illustrations: 55

  • Size: 7.5(w) x 9.25(h)

  • Bar Coded: Yes

  • Price: Hardback $24.95, Paperback $10.95, Kindle/e-pub $5.99

  • Publication Date: September 29, 2017

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Reviews

This was a very enlightening glimpse into the history of our County.  I found it amazing the desire for education instilled in the young people where the access to education was so unavailable. The research required to write this trip back in time is amazing! Nancy R. Kornegay, Regent, Peters Mountain Chapter NSDAR, Peterstown, WV

This is the fascinating and fast-paced story of the grandson of slaves whose career was devoted to the Bluefield Colored Institute, later to morph from a high school to the Bluefield State College. "Lake" was encouraged by his father, also his teacher in a one-room log school, to attend Bluefield where a high school education was available to black students. Eventually he met a math teach who encouraged him to work for a degree at Ohio State so he could return and teach, and also to marry her! The story follows the triumphs and tragedies of school work as well as family life at a time when tuberculosis and infection were difficult to cure.
Becky Crabtree has thoroughly documented this historical novel with 55 illustrations ranging from vintage photos, to college archives, to newspaper articles, to handwritten letters. These cover Dickason's entire life from 1886-1957 and talk about his encounters with such diverse notables, as Leontyne Price, Thurgood Marshall, Count Bassie and Eleanor Roosevelt! Also included are the influences of William DuBois and Booker T. Washington on educational philosophy. Dickason's life is set in the border county of Monroe, one of the most beautiful rural areas in West Virginia.Fred Ziegler, President, Monroe County Historical Society

Hung Over with Grandma

  • Title: Hung Over with Grandma

  • Author: Becky Hatcher Crabtree

  • Publisher: Fathom Publishing Company, PO Box 200448, Anchorage, AK 99520-0448, www.fathompublishing.com

  • Available at: Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com

  • ISBN 978-1-888215-63-2 (Paperback)

  • Ebook ISBN 978-1-888215-61-8 (Kindle edition)

  • Ebook ISBN 978-1-888215-62-5 (epub edition)

  • Number of Pages: 258

  • Illustrations: 38

  • Size: 5.5(w) x 8.5(h)

  • Bar Coded: Yes

  • Price: Paperback $19.95, Kindle/e-pub $5.99

  • Publication Date:  November 15, 2016

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Drunk on Peace and Quiet

  • Title: Drunk on Peace and Quiet

  • Author: Becky Hatcher Crabtree

  • Publisher: Fathom Publishing Company, PO Box 200448, Anchorage, AK 99520-0448, www.fathompublishing.com

  • Available at: Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com

  • ISBN: ISBN 978-1-888215-53-3 (Trade cloth)

  • ISBN 978-1-888215-54-0 (Paperback)

  • Ebook ISBN 978-1-888215-55-7 (Kindle edition)

  • Ebook ISBN 978-1-888215-56-4 (epub edition)

  • Number of Pages: 220

  • Illustrations: 34

  • Size: 5.5(w) x 8.5(h)

  • Bar Coded: Yes

  • Price: Hardback $25.95, Paperback $9.95, Kindle/e-pub $3.99

  • Publication Date: September 1, 2015

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Alaska Hoops: Tales from the Girls' Locker Room

  • Title: Alaska Hoops: Tales from the Girls' Locker Room

  • Author: Becky Hatcher Crabtree

  • Publisher: Fathom Publishing Company, PO Box 200448, Anchorage, AK 99520-0448, www.fathompublishing.com

  • Available at: Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com

  • ISBN 978-1-888215-11-3 (Paperback)

  • Number of Pages: 98

  • Illustrations: 12

  • Size: 76.14(w) x 9.21(h)

  • Bar Coded: Yes

  • Price: Paperback $11.95

    Publication Date: July 1, 2009

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