Update: Edward William Matson’s Siblings

Matson Project
By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.                                                                                                     As part of my normal research process, I like to find the BMD (births, marriages, and death) for each of the Ancestor’s siblings. When I first looked at Edward William Matson’s family, I had very little information regarding Edward’s siblings. Here is an updated list 

Children of Lars and Christine (Erickson) Mattson[i]
All children were born in Wright County, Minnesota[ii].

Name Birth Marriage(s) Death
Carl August 21 Apr 1882 Elizabeth Guintire,
Gina Tonette Syverson
01 Jan 1963[iii]
Gertie Caroline 18 Jun 1883 Alfred Abiel Hill,

Anthony Guintire

20 Oct 1965
Emma Christine 26 May 1885 Desire Gerard 23 Sep 1967
John Emil 09 Dec 1886 Anne Theresa Utterberg 26 Jan 1962
David Lauretsius 22 May 1888 02 Feb 1963
Minni Sofia 28 Jan 1890 O. August Nyholm 31 Oct 1968
Hannah Elizabeth 30 Mar 1892 28 Dec 1938
Anna Maria “Mary” 21 Jul 1894 Chell Levi Peterson 14 Jun 1962
Louis Osker 25 Apr 1896 11 May 1962
Edward William 01 Apr 1898 Hildur Christine Krafve 09 Oct 1977
Edith Elvina Emelia 09 Sep 1900 03 Jul 1902
Rudolph Martin 12 Nov 1902 Florence A Bringen 02 Jan 1982
[Unnamed Baby] 12 Nov 1902 1902

Endnotes:

[i] All the birth records I have found use Mattson. However, many of the children began to use Matson beginning about 1917. For them, various records may indicate Matson and others Mattson.

[ii] Various records indicate that all of the children were born in Wright County, however sometime Cokato and sometime French Lake are used interchangeably.

[iii] 1962 and 1963 were very bad years for the Mattson family. Five siblings died during the 13 months between January 1962 and February 1963.

Edward William Mattson – Education

Mattson Project
By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.According to the 1940 US Census, Edward “Eddie” Mattson completed eight years of school. Pursuing what his educational experience might have been, I began researching his likely school environment. In looking at schools in French Lake Township, I learned there were eight schools in the township over the years. So, I realized I needed to know precisely where the Mattson Family lived. I figured that the Mattson’s probably went to the nearest school.

Land Office Records

An excellent source for property records is the Bureau of Land Management records. A quick search for Mattson in Wright County, Minnesota, yielded Lars Mattson, who homesteaded 80 acres in 1876.  His patent read, in part:

Lars Mattson, [settled] the West-half of the North East Quarter of Section twenty-eight in township one hundred and twenty of the range twenty-eight, in the District of Lands subject to sale at Benson Minnesota; containing eighty acres….

[Signed] the thirteenth day of December… one thousand eight hundred and seventy-five.

Section 28 is about a mile and a quarter north-northwest of Cokato and a mile and a half southwest of Annandale. By 1894, Lars only had 20 acres. Andrew Mattson had most of the land that Lars homesteaded in 1875.

The Mattson Property in Section 28 in 1894.

I think there is an error in the map legend. If Lars’ property is 20 acres, it appears that Andrew’s property should be 60 acres, not 80 acres, as the map key indicates.

Section 28 is bounded on the north by sections 20, 21, and 22, on the south by sections 32, 33, and 34. On the east by section 27 and on the west by section 29. I would expect the school the Mattson children attended to be on one of those sections.

According to Annandale Online, there were eight former schools in French Lake Township. Only one of them, Birch Lake School, was located in any of those sections. Additionally, the Swedish Free Church at North Crow River, that Lars Mattson was a trustee for was also known as Birch Lake Mission Church. As such, I’m pretty confident that the Mattson children attended Birch Lake School. The school operated from 1874 to 1971 as District 92. Harlan Nolan purchased the schoolhouse and now is a home at the same location. The oldest Mattson child was born in 1882, so he would have begun school about 1888. The youngest Mattson child was born in 1903; he probably attended school until he was 16, to about 1919. So, the Mattson’s probably had children attending Birch Lake School from 1888 until 1919.

I’ve contacted the Wright County Historical Society. Hopefully, they will have some materials available and of interest.

 

Edward William Mattson (1898-1977) – WOTTK

Matson Project
By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.In my ancestor research process, my third step is to review what others think they know (WOTTK). Invariably, I learn something new from others. But occasionally, I find a real treasure. In my research of Edward “Eddie” William Matson, I took a look at the “hints” that Ancestry offered to see what others think they know. Ancestry suggested 13 hints, and several of them were absolute treasures.

Ancestry Hints

    1. 1900 – Census – Ignored – I already had.
    2. 1910 – Census – Ignored – I already had.
    3. 1920 – Census – Ignored – I already had.
    4. 1922 – Marriages from the MOMS system – Ignored – I already had.
    5. 1930 – Census – Ignored – I already had.
    6. 1940 – Census – Ignored – I already had.
    7. 1940 Minneapolis City Directory. Interesting. I had found Eddie and Hildur in the 1940 Census living in Annandale. To see them in the 1940 Minneapolis City directory surprised me. It makes me want to carefully follow the real property records to see precisely when they relocated to Minneapolis.
    8. 1942 – World War II Draft Card – I already had.
    9. 1977 – Obituary – Ignored – I already had.
    10. Matson Siblings, c. 1960, Photo courtesy “ryan2106 via Anceestry.Com

      Member Photo – “Grandpa Matson and siblings.” The Matson (Mattson) Siblings: Top Row: Louis, Edward, Rudolph, Mary, John (Grandpa) Front Row: David, Minnie, Emma, Lena, and Carl Augus Initially added by Ryan2106 on 6/19/2011. A treasure. Eddie is clearly identified, and the image looks very much like him. The photo provided images of nine of his siblings that I’d never seen before. I don’t recall ever meeting any of them, but I remember hearing when several of them died between 1962 and 1963. I definitely can incorporate this photo into my work (with proper credit).

    11. Photo showing Eddie Mattson, Elmer Opsahl, Nels Johnson, Louis Mattson, & Carl Johnson
      Eddie Mattson, front row left. Photo courtesy “ryan2106 via Anceestry.Com

      Member Photo – “Louis and Eddie Mattson.” Front Row: Eddie Mattson, Elmer Opsahl; Back Row: Nels Johnson, Louis Mattson, Carl Johnson. Another photo was originally added by ryan2106, this time dated 26 Sep 2017. This is a particularly great photo because it showed Eddie when he was much younger, blonder, and heavier.  Based on it, I confirmed another image I’ve seen on the “Terri’s Tales” website.

    12. Eddie and Hildur Mattson – Dec 1955. Photo courtesy “ryan2106 via Anceestry.Com

      Member Photo – Eddie and Hildur Mattson. This photo, printed in Dec 1955, is clearly of Hildur and Eddie. It shows Eddie in his typical wear, a plaid lumberjack shirt and light khaki pants. Again, the photo was submitted by ryan2106 to Ancestry on 5/30/2009.

    13. Ancestry Member Trees and what I learned:
      • Merklin Hayes Matson Utterberg Family Tree – owned by ryan2106. – No new fact, however wonderful photos.
      • Stephen – Family Tree – owned by Elizabeth Brown – Nothing new.
      • Eva-Elle – owned by Elle Hamilton.
        • Elle indicated that Ardis (Mattson) and Richard Rohloff had a child, David Peter Rohloff, born and died in 1943. I hadn’t heard of him before.
        • She also indicated that Kenneth Mattson’s wife, Mary Barna’s middle name was Ann. I didn’t have that before.

My thanks to all people who share their research and family trees publicly. It is their work that provides the hints Ancestry uses.

Terri’s Tales

I corresponded with ryan2106 through Ancestry Messaging and learned of a blog, “Terri’s Tales: Views to the Past.” The blog has two entries for the Matson surname, one for John Matson and one for his wife, Annie Theresia Utterberg.  John was an older brother of Eddie. (John was the 4th child of Lars and Christine and Eddie was their 10th child.)

#5 – John Emil Matson (1886-1962).

Photo of the Mattson Family House in Cokato.
Mattson Family Farm House in Cokato, David, Lars, Stina, Hannah, and Rudolph [The link takes you to the Terri Tales website.]
Terri’s blog has lots of photos. Notably, a “Mattson family farm in Cokato.” Great photo. My sister lives in Wright County, not too far from the old homestead, and she knows where it is. I asked her if she’d take a new photo of the old Matson homestead. It will be interesting to see what it looks like now.

Mattson Family,circa 1902: Standing: Hannah, Mary, Carl, Emma, David, Lena, John, Lewis, Minnie. Sitting: Lars, Eddie, Stina with Edith [Link takes you to the Terri Tales website.]
There is a great “Mattson Family circa 1902” photo which includes little four-year-old Edward. The caption indicates Christina as “Stina,” a nickname I hadn’t known she used. Eddie is the boy standing between Lars and Stina.

Image of Banknote of John Matson, 1915Terri includes a fascinating bit of ephemera in her post. There is a copy of a 1915 banknote that John Matson took out to start his cement block business. In it, he signed his name with one t. However, his father, Lars, and uncle, Andrew, both signed their name with two t’s. The address for John was 3107 Upton Ave. North, Minneapolis. For some reason, I had always heard that the name change was due to a sign mistake. I also assumed it was Eddie’s business; however, this document suggests the name change occurred with John before 1915 and before starting his cement block business.

Photo of the 1925 Mattson Family Reunion, Cokato, MN
1925 Mattson Family Reunion, Cokato, MN

Of really great interest is a photo from the 1925 Mattson Family Reunion, Cokato, MN. I looked at the picture carefully and am pretty sure I’ve identified Eddie from the group. In 1925, Eddie was 27 years old; he and Hildur were married and had two children, Ardis and Elizabeth (Edgar would be born the following December). A man who looks like Eddie from the “Louis and Eddie Mattson” I mentioned earlier is sitting on the far right. On his lap is a child who appears to be about a year and a half, the age Elizabeth would be. Next to him is a woman with a child, about three, about the age Ardis was in 1925. The young woman does appear to be Hildur, although I’ve only seen photos of her when she was much older. Anyway, I’m pretty sure it is them sitting in chairs on the far right of the photo.

"Thank You" written. Image by <a href="https://pixabay.com/users/geralt-9301/?utm_source=link-attribution&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=image&amp;utm_content=226358">Gerd Altmann</a> from <a href="https://pixabay.com/?utm_source=link-attribution&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=image&amp;utm_content=226358">Pixabay</a>

The article about John Emil Matson (1886-1962) is a lovely tribute to Terri’s grandfather, John Matson. My thanks to Terri for sharing John’s story and the wonderful photos. Her work has provided new insights into the Eddie Matson story as well.

 

Edward “Eddie” William Mattson [aka Matson] (1898-1977)

Matson Project
By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.Although not my blood ancestors, I have two half-siblings, three half-nieces, and two half-nephews descended from Eddie Matson’s son, Edgar. This page is dedicated to them. I’ll add, I met Eddie, and his wife Hildur, a few times when I was a child and have fond memories of them. His surname changed from Mattson to Matson and back again over his lifetime[i].

Overview

“Gramdpa Matson” Christmas 1970 – Photo by Sylvia Matson

When Edward William Mattson was born on 1 April 1898 in Cokato, Minnesota, his father, Lars, was 38 and his mother, Christine, was 34. He married Hildur Christina Krafve on 25 March 1922 in Hennepin, Minnesota. They had four children during their marriage. He died on 9 October 1977, in Anoka, Minnesota, at the age of 79 and was buried in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Matson Ancestor #MK-4

List of Grandparents

    • Grandfather: Edward “Eddie” William Mattson [aka Matson] (1898-1977)
    • 1st Great-grandfather: Lars Mattson (1859-1926)
    • 2nd Great-grandfather: Lars Mattison (1824-___)

Live Events/Facts

Birth

Edward William Mattson was born 1 April 1898 (no fooling) near Cokato, Wright County, Minnesota. He was the 10th child of Lars and Christine (Ericson) Mattson. Later that month, the U.S. declared war against Spain, opening the Spanish-American War.

His older siblings included:

Children of Lars and Christine (Erickson) Mattson

Name

Born

Carl August

Apr 1882

Gertie Caroline

Jun 1883

Emma Christine

May 1885

John Emil

Dec 1886

David Lauretsius

May 1888

Minni Sofia

Jam 1990

Hanna Elizabeth

Mar 1892

Anna Maria Mary

Jul 1894

Louis Oskar

Apr 1896

Childhood

The 1900 Census found the Matson family living in French Lake Township. The township is north of Cokato and south of Annandale in Wright County, Minnesota. Eddie’s father, Lars, was a farmer who owned his farm, although it was mortgaged.

The 1910 Census provides the sadness that had to have fallen upon the family. Between 1900 and 1910, Christine had three more children. Two of those children died before 1910, leaving Eddie with one younger brother, Rudolph, born about 1903.

On 3 September 1918, Eddie traveled the 10 miles or so to register for the draft in Buffalo. His mailing address was Route 3, Cokato. He was described as tall, medium build, blue eyes, and blond hair.

The 1920 Census finds Eddie still at home with three of his brothers and two of his sisters. He, Louis, and his sister Hannah are working away from the farm, while David, Rudolph, and Minnie are working at the farm.

Marriage

Eddie Matson and  Hildur Krafve married on 25 March 1922 in Hennepin County, Minnesota. Together they had four children

Children of Eddie and Hildur (Krafve) Matson

Name

Born

Ardis Josephine

Jun 1922

Elizabeth Anne

Jan 1924

Edgar Jerome

Dec 1925

Kenneth

c. 1927

In 1925, when Edgar was born, the couple lived at 4218 Upton No. Eddie was a cement worker.

Family Oral History – The Name Change

I heard a story a couple of times that when Eddie was starting a cement business in Minneapolis, the sign painter misspelled his name, dropping a “t” from his name making Matson out of Mattson. That’s how come his children had the one “t” surname. Certainly, he signed his name Mattson on his 1918 draft registration. Ardis’ obituary noted her maiden name as Mattson. His surname was Matson when his son, Edgar, was born. So, it appears that the surname spelling changed sometime between 1922 and 1925, about the time when Eddie was starting his cement business.

The 1930 Census found Eddie, Hildur, and the four children living in Southside Township, Wright County. Southside is the township directly north of French Lake Township. It is just west of Annandale. Eddie is renting the place they live, and he is a farmer.

The 1940 Census finds the family living in Annandale Village, where Eddie is a wage worker doing cement work at a construction company. The Census indicates he had an 8th-grade education.

In 1942, Eddie again registered for the draft. He and Hilda were again living in Minneapolis, this time at 2024 Girard Ave. No. He was working at O.W. Berg Co, at Lowrey ave, between 1st and 2nd No. He was described as 6’1”, 170 Lbs, blue eyes, brown hair, light complexion. He had a scar across three of the toes on his right foot. He would live at 2024 Girard for at least ten years.

Hildur & Eddie Matson, Christmas 1970

Sometime before 1977, Eddie and Hildur moved to 4201 7th St. NE., Columbia Heights, and moved again to Elk River, Sherburne County, before his death on 9 October 1977. He died in Anoka, Anoka County, MN. His funeral was held at the 1st Lutheran Church in Columbia Heights, and he was buried at Crystal Lake Cemetery.

Events by Location

Edward “Eddie” William Mattson lived his entire life in Minnesota. He spent his youth in Wright County and most of his adult life in Hennepin County. In his senior years, he lived in Anoka and Sherburne counties.

Life locations for Edward “Eddie” Mattson – Map courtesy Ancestry LifeStory
    • Minnesota, Anoka, Anoka                       Death 1977
    • Minnesota, Anoka, Columbia Heights    Before 1976
    • Minnesota, Hennepin, Minneapolis       (Marriage) 1925, 1940-1952
    • Minnesota, Sherburne, Elk River           Before 1977
    • Minnesota, Wright, Annandale              1935
    • Minnesota, Wright, Cokato                     (Birth) 1898-1918
    • Minnesota, Wright, French Lake Twp   1900, 1910, 1920
    • Minnesota, Wright, Southside Twp       1930

Further Actions / Follow-up

    • Eddie had an 8th-grade education; look for school records for him.
    • Eddie Matson & Hildur Krafur were married 3/25/1922. Get a copy of Hennepin County. Certificate Number: 02550466.
    • Get copies of Ardis, Elizabeth, and Kenneth’s birth records to see if they provide additional information regarding the surname change date.
    • Research Minneapolis Directories to see if they provide insight into the surname change from Mattson to Matson, apparently between 1922 and 1925.
    • In 1942, Eddie worked for O.W. Berg Co at Lowry Ave, between 1st and 2nd Determine what type of company that was.
    • Determine dates Eddie and Hildur lived at 2024 Girard from property records.
    • Confirm Eddie’s death and burial and create a memorial for him on Find-a-Grave (Hildur has a memorial).

Endnotes

[i] It is my practice to use the name used in any particular record. Consequently, his first name switches between Edward and Eddie. Likewise, his surname switches between Mattson and Matson.

Links

Sources

  • 1900 Census (F.S.), Family Search, 1900 – Lars Matson – French Lake Township, Wright, Minnesota. “United States Census, 1900,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M9QC-4WP : accessed 8 September 2021), Lars Matson, French Lake Township, Wright, Minnesota, United States; citing enumeration district (E.D.) 226, sheet 8B, family 152, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1972.); FHL microfilm 1,240,798.
  • 1910 Census, 1910 – Lars Matson – French Lake, Wright, Minnesota. “United States Census, 1910,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/ 61903/1:1:M2PY-W95 : accessed 8 September 2021), Lars Matson, French Lake, Wright, Minnesota, United States; citing enumeration district (E.D.) ED 210, sheet 11B, family 185, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 728; FHL microfilm 1,374,741.
  • 1920 Census, Lais Matson (Lars) – French Lake, Wright, Minnesota
    Census, 1920”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ ark:/61903/1:1:M4M3-R2P : 2 February 2021), Lais Mattson, 1920.
  • 1930 Census, Eddie (Edward) Matson – Southside, Wright, Minnesota
    States Census, 1930,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ ark:/61903/1:1:X36Q-7VR : accessed 8 September 2021), Eddie Matson, Southside, Wright, Minnesota, United States; citing enumeration district (E.D.) ED 32, sheet 3A, line 13, family 50, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 1136; FHL microfilm 2,340,871.
  • 1940 Census, FamilySearch (https:// www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KSJY-D84 : 7 January 2021), Eddie W Mattson, Annandale, Wright, Minnesota, United States; citing enumeration district (E.D.) 86-3, sheet 9A, line 15, family 195, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 – 2007, R.G. 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 1970.
  • City Directory (A), Ancestry.Com, Minneapolis, Minnesota – 1942, Page 768 – Matson. Via Ancestry.Com.
  • City Directory (A), Ancestry.Com, Minneapolis, Minnesota – 1944, Page 770 – Matson. Ancestry.Com – Downloaded 11/10/2013
  • City Directory (A), Ancestry.Com, Minneapolis, Minnesota – 1946, Page 833 – Matson. Ancestry.Com – Downloaded 11/10/2013.
  • City Directory (A), Ancestry.Com, Minneapolis, Minnesota – 1948, Page 921 – Matson. Downloaded from Ancestry.com 10 November 2013.
  • City Directory (A), Ancestry.Com, Minneapolis, Minnesota – 1952, Page 812 – Matson. Downloaded from Ancestry on 10 November 2013.
  • Grand Rapids Herald-Review – 2010-01-04 – Ardis J. (Mattson) Rohloff. Grand Rapids Herald-Review (Minnesota) 4 January 2010, obit for Ardis J. (Mattson) Rohloff, GenealogyBank.com (https://www.genealogybank.com/doc/obituaries/obit/ 1406ABF9AEE49BB0 : accessed 8 September 2021)., Grand Rapids Herald-Review, Grand Rapids, Minnesota (GenealogyBank.Com).
  • Minneapolis Star Tribune (Minneapolis, Minnesota), Newspapers.com, 1977-10-11 – Edward Mattson Obituary. Downloaded 8 September 2021.
  • Minnesota Death Index, 1908-2002, Family Search, Edward W. Mattson (Matson) – [No image]. (https:// familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V4W8-XTY : 4 December 2014), Edward W. Mattson (Matson), 9 October 1977; from “Minnesota Death Index, 1908-2002,” database, Ancestry
  • Minnesota Official Marriage System, MOMS.MN.GOV, Eddie Matson & Hildur Krafur – 3/25/1922 – Hennepin County. Certificate Number: 02550466. Accessed 8 September 2021. https://moms.mn.gov/.
  • Minnesota, Hennepin, Minneapolis, Birth Certificate. Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota, Edgar Jerome Matson.
  • S., World War II Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947 (National Archives), Ancestry.Com, Eddie William Matson. National Archives at St. Louis; St. Louis, Missouri; WWII Draft Registration Cards for Minnesota, 10/16/1940-03/31/1947; Record Group: Records of the Selective Service System, 147; Box: 148.
  • S., World War II Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947 (National Archives), Ancestry.Com, Edgar Jerome Matson. The National Archives in St. Louis, Missouri; St. Louis, Missouri; WWII Dra. https://search.ancestry.com/collections/2238/records/ 16267040/.
  • United States Social Security Death Index, Family Search, Eddie Mattson (No Images). “United States Social Security Death Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V9VG-ZZG : 10 January 2021), Eddie Mattson, Oct 1977; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).
  • United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, Family Search, Eddie William Mattson (b. 1 April 1898). “United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918”, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ ark:/61903/1:1:K8W9-3B8 : 23 February 2021), Eddie William Mattson, 1917-1918.

Ancestor Sketch – Edgar Jerome Matson

Matson Line
By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.My stepfather Edgar, known as “Bud,” and I had a difficult past. Our failure to coexist resulted in my living in a foster home for a couple years. However, as Bud aged, he did grow more and more mellow and progressive in his opinions. For example, in his 60s he came to the conclusion that the death penalty was wrong because it was over applied in cases of people of color or the disadvantaged and seldom, if ever, applied to the rich or privileged. During the 1990s Bud and I achieved a time of détente.

The Matson Line – Ancestor S2

  • S2 – Step-father: Edgar (“Bud” and “Budgar[i]”) Jerome Matson (1925-2003)
  • S2-4 – Step Grandfather: Edward (Eddie) William Mattson (1898-1977)
  • S2-8 – Step Great-grandfather: Lars Mattson (1869-1926)
  • S2-16 – Step Great-Great-grandfather: Lars Mattison (c. 1824-____)

Birth

Budgar was born on 29 December 1926 at 8:01 PM in St. Barnabas Hospital, Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota. He was the third of four children of Edward William and Hildur Christina (Krafve) Mattson[ii]. He had two older sisters and one younger brother.

Childhood

1930

The 1930 Census found Eddie Matson & family living in Southside Township, Wright County, Minnesota. Southside is a rural township about 60 miles northwest of Minneapolis. It abuts Annandale and surrounds South Haven. Eddie was 32-year-old farm laborer renting a home for $20/month. With him are his wife, Hildur, and children, Ardis, age 7, attending school; Betty, age 6, attending school, Edgar, age 4, and Kenneth, age 3.

1935

All of Eddie Mattson’s family are living in the same place as in the 1940 Census.

1940

The 1940 Census found Eddie Mattson & family living in Annandale, Wright County, Minnesota. Eddie was a 42-year-old cement working in the building construction industry. Living with him are his wife, Hildur, and their four children, including 14-year-old Edgar. All of the children are attending school.

Adulthood

World War II

It’s not clear why, but the 1942 Minneapolis City Directory finds the 16-year-old Edgar working as a helper and living at 1721 North 3rd in Minneapolis (Not with his parents).

When Edgar turned 18, in 1943, he registered for the draft. He was living with his parents at 2024 Girard Ave, North. He was 5’11”, 140 pounds, blue eyes, blonde hair, light complexion. The 1944 Minneapolis City Directory indicates he was working at the Loose-Wiles Biscuit Company at 7th and Washington, North, Minneapolis and was living with his parent on Girard.

He enlisted on his 20th birthday, 29 December 1945[iii] and was discharged on 2 February 1949 as a Sergeant in the Regular Army.

First Marriage

Edgar Jerome Matson, circa 1950

Bud returned from Europe in 1948 and married a “German war bride,” Frieda Gass on 28 November 1948. Frieda and Bud had two daughters together, Heidi Ann (1950-2002) and “Living Matson.” In 1952, Bud was working as a maintenance man at Minneapolis Moline. Shortly after that he began working at the Ford Motor Assembly Plant in Saint Paul. He worked there for 33 years and eventually retired from Ford.

In April 1959, while Bud was driving to work, he noticed a man laying on the railroad tracks. He thought the man was drunk and passed out. He stopped to help him and found that he was dead. He was living at 181 NE 41st Ave in Columbia Heights at the time.

Second Marriage

Bud and Frieda became estranged and were living separately when he met my mother, Sylvia. It is my recollection that my mom and Bud dated while the divorce of Bud and Frieda became final. After the divorce, my mom and Bud went off to Webster, Day County, South Dakota to be married on 8 December 1961.

Bud and Sylvia rented a house at 1502 Fremont Ave, No., Minneapolis shortly after the marriage. About a year later, Bud and Sylvia purchased a house at 2419 Bryant Ave. North, Minneapolis. In September, they had their first child, (a girl, living).

Bud and Sylvia had a new home built in the suburbs at 6741 Douglas Drive North, Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. They had their second child (a boy, living) together while living there. It was over 20 miles to the Ford Plant across downtown so Bud typically worked very early in the morning to avoid the traffic.

Retirement

Bud retired and the couple moved to Brainerd (6450 Donaldson Road) for a few years. Then they moved south, presumably to get away from Minnesota winters, to Prescott Valley, Arizona. They moved back to Minnesota about 1996 and lived at 5 Evans Ave., Elk River, Sherburne County, Minnesota. Finally, they moved to nearby Big Lake.

Death

Bud died on 12 November 2003 at the Buffalo Hospital, Buffalo, Wright County, Minnesota, due to complications resulting from a fall. Internment of his cremains was at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Fort Snelling, Minnesota.

 

Events by Location

  • Arizona – Yavapai County, Prescott Valley – Lived 1995-1996
  • Minnesota – Anoka County, Columbia Heights – Lived 1959.
  • Minnesota – Crow Wing County, Brainerd – Lived 1983-1995.
  • Minnesota – Hennepin County, Brooklyn Park – Lived 1966-1983.
  • Minnesota – Hennepin County, Minneapolis – Birth – Lived 1942-1952 & 1962-1965 – Marriage #1.
  • Minnesota – Sherburne County, Big Lake – Lived 2002-2003 – Death.
  • Minnesota – Sherburne County, Elk River – Lived 2000-2002
  • Minnesota – Wright County, Southside Township – Lived 1930.
  • Minnesota – Wright County, Annandale – Lived 1935 – 1940.
  • South Dakota – Day County, Webster – Marriage #2.
  • Europe – Service 1946-1948.

Follow-up

Education – Bud attended one year of high school.[iv] I need to check yearbooks, etc. for photos and interests.

Religion – Edgar Jerome Matson was a Missouri Synod Lutheran during the years I knew him. He encouraged my mother and me to become baptized at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Spring Lake Park in 1961. He also encouraged my becoming confirmed at the Lutheran Church[v] at 26th & Lyndale in Minneapolis. I should research the religious events in his life.

Military – I know that Bud served in Europe after the war. It is my understanding that he was in a unit that “investigated” war crimes and atrocities committed by Allied forces during the war. Learning more about his service could prove interesting.

Divorce – My personal recollection includes the jubilation when the divorce between Bud and Frieda became final. I should research the specific date and details.

Property – I know Bud owned houses in Minneapolis, Brooklyn Park, Brainerd (all MN), and Prescott Valley, AZ. Getting the exact dates would be useful in setting his life’s timeline. He sold the Brooklyn Park house in June 1983.

Children – Heidi – Bud’s oldest daughter, Heidi, died in 2002. I should research her and tell her story.

Will/Probate – I don’t know if Bud had a will or if his estate went to probate. I should research this.


Sources

  • 1930 Census, 1930 – Eddie (Edward) Matson. Year: 1930; Census Place: Southside, Wright, Minnesota; Page: 3A; Enumeration District: 0032; FHL microfilm: 2340871. https://www.ancestry.com/discoveryui-content/view/78038650:6224.
  • 1940 Census, Eddie (Edward) W Mattson (Matson) – Annandale, Wright, Minnesota. Year: 1940; Census Place: Annandale, Wright, Minnesota; Roll: m-t0627-01970; Page: 9A; Enumeration District: 86-3. https://www.ancestry.com/discoveryui-content/view/98279103:2442.
  • City Directory (A), Ancestry.Com, Minneapolis, Minnesota – 1942, Page 768 – Matson. Via Ancestry.Com.
  • City Directory (A), Ancestry.Com, Minneapolis, Minnesota – 1944, Page 770 – Matson. Ancestry.Com – Downloaded 11/10/2013
  • City Directory (A), Ancestry.Com, Minneapolis, Minnesota – 1946, Page 833 – Matson. Ancestry.Com – Downloaded 11/10/2013.
  • City Directory (A), Ancestry.Com, Minneapolis, Minnesota – 1948, Page 921 – Matson. Downloaded from Ancestry.com 10 Nov 2013.
  • City Directory (A), Ancestry.Com, Minneapolis, Minnesota – 1952, Page 812 – Matson. Downloaded from Ancestry on 10 Nov 2013.
  • Funeral Card, Files (Personal), Edgar J. Matson (1925-2003).
  • Edgar Matson – 5 Oct 1966, Page 62., Minneapolis Star, Minneapolis, Minnesota (Newspapers.com).
  • Minnesota Birth Index, 1900-1934 (cont.)1925. Ancestry.com. Web: Minnesota, Birth Index, 1900-1934 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015.
  • Minnesota Birth Index, 1935-2002, Family Search, Heidi Ann Matson – 20 Mar 1950. “Minnesota Birth Index, 1935-2002,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VCGX-MXH : 4 December 2014), Heidi Ann Matson, 20 Mar 1950; from “Minnesota Birth Index, 1935-2002,” database, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : 2004); citing Hennepin, Minnesota, United States, Minnesota Department of Health, Minneapolis. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VCGX-MXH.
  • Minnesota Official Marriage System, MOMS.MN.GOV, Edgar J Matson & Freida Gass 11/28/1948. https://Moms.mn.gov.
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  • National Cemetery Administration, Internet, Edgar Jerome Matson.
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  • Edgar J. Matson – 30 Jan 1969. Newspapers.Com – Downloaded 15 Nov 2020.., Star Tribune, Minneapolis, Minnesota (Various).
  • Edgar J. Matson, 25 Nov 1948. Marriage License Applications. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/63311353/marriage-of-matson-gass/., Star Tribune, Minneapolis, Minnesota (Various).
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  • S. Phone and Address Directories, 1993-2002, Ancestry.Com, Brainerd, Minnesota – 1993-1996 – Edgar J Matson. Source Citation – City: Brainerd; State: Minnesota; Year(s): 1993-1996.
  • S., Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010, Ancestry.Com, Edgar Matson – 29 Dec 1925. Ancestry.com. U.S., Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.
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  • S., World War II Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947 (National Archives), Ancestry.Com, Edgar Jerome Matson. The National Archives in St. Louis, Missouri; St. Louis, Missouri; WWII Dra. https://search.ancestry.com/collections/2238/records/16267040/.
  • United States Public Records, 1970-2009, Family Search, Edgar J Matson – 1 Jan 1997 to 1 Jun 1997. “United States Public Records, 1970-2009”, database, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QJ69-42QQ : 31 May 2020), Edgar J Matson, 1997-1997.
  • United States Public Records, 1970-2009, Family Search, Edgar J Matson – 1 Jan 1998-1 Jun 1998 . “United States Public Records, 1970-2009”, database, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QJ69-4592 : 31 May 2020), Edgar J Matson, 1998-1998.
  • United States Public Records, 1970-2009, Family Search, Edgar J Matson – 1 Jun 1994 to 1 Jan 1999. “United States Public Records, 1970-2009”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KB1T-CVW : 29 January 2020), Edgar J Matson, 1994-1999. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KB1T-CVW.
  • United States Public Records, 1970-2009, Family Search, Edgar J Matson – 1 June 1996. “United States Public Records, 1970-2009”, database, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QJXH-9FPH : 3 June 2020), Edgar J Matson, 1996.
  • United States Social Security Death Index, Family Search, Edgar J Matson. “United States Social Security Death Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V361-F3V : 22 August 2020), Edgar J Matson, 12 Nov 2003; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing). https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V361-F3V.
  • United States World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946, Family Search, Edgar J Matson – 11 Jan 1946. “United States World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K8LP-CLH : 5 December 2014), Edgar J Matson, enlisted 11 Jan 1946, ; citing “Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File, ca. 1938-1946,” database, The National Archives: Access to Archival Databases (AAD) (http://aad.archives.gov : National Archives and Records Administration, 2002); NARA NAID 1263923, National Archives at College Park, Maryland. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K8LP-CLH.
  • US Army Honorable Discharge; Files (Personal); Honorable Discharge – Edgar J. Matson – 2 February 1949.

Endnotes

[i] “Budgar” is a combination of “Bud” and “Edgar.” He was called that by his family later in his life.

[ii] Note: The surname simplified since coming to the United States. Originally Mattison, the name morphed to Mattson, then lost the second “t” to become Matson. I tend to use the surname as it was used in any particular record.

[iii] Although V-J Day was August 14th, 1945 the period beginning December 7, 1941, through December 31, 1946, are the dates considered as World War II Service. Edgar’s enlistment in 1945 is considered “World War II Service.”

[iv] See the 1940 Census and his Draft Registration.

[v] I forget if this was a ALC or LCA church at the time. I know it wasn’t Missouri Synod. Bud thought it better for me to go to a church locally, where I could walk to, rather than going to a Missouri Synod Church that I needed to be driven to.