Ancestor Sketch – Addie Beatrice Gleason

Raidt-Langford Project
Raidt-Gleason Line
By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.Addie Beatrice Gleason is my son’s maternal great-grandmother. She was born on 4 November 1896 in Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota. Her father, John Michael Gleason, was 42 and her mother, Addie Jane Raymond, was 29. She had four sons and one daughter with Gilbert F. Raidt. She lived her entire life in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She died on 7 April 1896 and was buried in Saint Mary’s Cemetery, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Addie Beatrice Gleason is found in 44 Ancestry Public Trees and is Family Search profile 9VZL-NVT


Raidt Project – Ancestor #13

List of Grandparents

  • 6    –  Grandfather: Jerome Gilbert Raidt (1924-1994) – See Family Search
  • 13  – 1st Great-grandmother: Addie Beatrice Gleason (1886-1962)
  • 26 – 2nd great-grandfather: John M Gleason

Addie Beatrice Gleason (1886-1962)

Addie Beatrice Gleason was born on 4 November 1896.[i] Most of the records she appears in indicate she went by Beatrice. She was the oldest of four children of John M and Addie (Raymond) Gleason. Her father was married before and had five children with Fidelia[ii] Ethlyn Lucia, so Beatrice had five older half-siblings, John Lucia, Mary Fidelle, Caroline, Clara, and Helen. Fidelia died in 1893.

Children of John M and Addie (Raymond) Gleason (Full Siblings)

Name Born Married Died
Beatrice A 1896 Gilbert Raidt 1962
Grace Catherine 1898 Harold Hawley 1986
Raymond A 1901 1938
Alma Magdalene 1903 P. J. O’Hanlon 1987

Childhood

1900 Census

The 1900 US Census found John and Addie Gleason living at 2617 16th Ave So.,  Minneapolis, Minnesota. The household consisted of John’s seven oldest children, his sister-in-law, Caroline Branchard, and a 20-year-old servant girl. John owned his home free and was an undertaker.

1905 Minnesota Census

Minnesota held a census in 1905. Eight-year-old Addie was attending school. Her half-sister Helen was still at home, but her other half-siblings had moved out of the house.

1910 Census

The 1910 Census indicates that John and Clara had moved back home, making the household:

      • John M Gleason    Head     M    57
      • Addie J Gleason    Wife       F     43
      • John L Gleason     Son        M     26
      • Clara T Gleason     Dau.      F     21
      • Helen Gleason       Dau.      F     20
      • Beatrice Gleason   Dau.     F     13
      • Grace Gleason      Dau.       F     11
      • Raymond Gleason Son     M     9
      • Alma Gleason        Dau.      F     6

1920s

Beatrice Gleason, 1920. Photo courtesy The Gopher, Volume 33, 1920, Page 119

The 1920 Census indicates that the family was much the same. John L was also working as an undertaker. Clara was a school teacher. Also living in the household was Beatrice’s maternal grandmother, 81-year-old Emily Raymond.

Beatrice was an Alpha Gamma Delta sorority member and graduated from St. Clara’s college, Sinsinawa, Wisconsin, and the University of Minnesota, Class of 1920.

Marriage

Beatrice married Gilbert Frank Raidt on 13 October 1920 at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Minneapolis. by Rev. J. P. Valley at 10 o’clock. Her sister, Grace, was the maid of honor. Harold Hurd Hawley, later to be Grace’s husband, was Gilbert’s best man.

Children of Gilbert and Beatrice (Gleason) Raidt

Name Born Married Died
Francis Joseph 1921 2005
Jerome Gilbert 1924 Elenor Langford 1994
Mary Beatrice 1926 Paul Theurer 2008
Richard John 1928 Audry Schaeffer 2001
Robert R 1930 1955

Adulthood

The 1930s

The 1930 Census finds the Raidt family living at 4215 Stevens Ave. Robert was born shortly after the enumeration date. Gilbert is a building contractor who owns his home.

Beatrice’s mother died in October 1932.

Beatrice was also a member of the Incarnation Women’s Club.

The 1940s

The 1940 Census found the Raidt family still at 4215 Stevens Ave. Francis is working as a bookkeeper for a grain Elevator company. The other children are at home and are attending school.

Gilbert’s Draft Registration Card mentioned Mrs. G. F. Raidt (Beatrice) in 1942.

The 1950s

315 Diamond Lake Rd, E., Minneapolis.

The 1950 Census found the Raidt family still at 4215 Stevens. Mary, Richard, and Robert are still at home. Mary is a nursery school teacher at a private school, Richard is a truck driver for an oil co-op, and Gilbert is still a building contractor.

It appears the Raidt home on Stevens was taken to make way for Interstate 35W in South Minneapolis because today, the site of their home is a sound suppression wall. In any event, between 1950 and 1962, the Raidts moved from Stevens Ave to 315 E. Diamond Lake Road, a 1547 square foot, three-bedroom home

Death/Burial

Beatrice (Gleason) Raidt died on 7 March 1962. Her obituary mentions that besides her membership in the Incarnation Women’s Club, she was also a member of St. Mary’s Friends of the Sick Poor and the Altar and Rosary Society of Annunciation Catholic Church.

She was buried at Saint Mary’s Cemetery in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Events by Location

Minnesota, Hennepin, Minneapolis – All known events in Beatrice’s life took place in Minneapolis.


Sources

  • 1900 Census, Various, John Gleason – Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota, ED 76, Sheet 15B. “United States Census, 1900,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M9SN-GW2 : accessed 17 June 2022), John Gleason, Election District 3 Minneapolis city Ward 7, Hennepin, Minnesota, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 76, sheet 15B, family 308, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1972.); FHL microfilm 1,240,768.
  • 1910 Census (NARA), Family Search, John M Gleason – Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota. (Accessed 17 June 2022), John M Gleason, Minneapolis Ward 7, Hennepin, Minnesota, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 120, sheet 10B, family, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 703; FHL microfilm 1,374,716. https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M257-N7Y.
  • 1920 Census (NARA), Family Search, John M Gleason, Head – Hennepin, Minnesota. (Accessed 17 June 2022) John M Gleason, 1920. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MWYV-1XB.
  • 1930 Census (NARA), Family Search, Gilbert F Raidt, Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X3ZB-WJN.
  • 1940 Census (NARA), Family Search, Gilbert Raidt – Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KSKD-7MG.
  • 1950 Census, Com, 1950, Gilbert F Raidt – Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota. The United States of America, Bureau of the Census; Washington, D.C.; Seventeenth Census of the United States, 1950; Record Group: Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790-2007; Record Group Number: 29; Residence Date: 1950; Home in 1950: Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota; Roll: 3852; Sheet Number: 71; Enumeration District: 89-853. https://www.ancestry.com/sharing/29052751?h=4a8758.
  • Find a Grave, Internet, Beatrice Marie Gleason Raidt – Memorial #157188096. Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed 29 July 2018), memorial page for Beatrice Marie Gleason Raidt (4 November 1896–7 March 1962), citing Saint Mary’s Cemetery, Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, USA; Maintained by Matt (contributor 47205810).
  • Irish Standard, Minneapolis, Minnesota – 1911-06-17, Page 5 (Beatrice Gleason). Accessed 17 June 2022. https://www.newspapers.com/image/610521466.
  • Little Falls Herald (Little Falls, MN), com, 1920-10-22 – Page 4 – Gilbert Raidt & Beatrice Gleason.
  • Minneapolis Star Tribune (Minneapolis, Minnesota), Internet, 1920-10-14 – Page 13 – Cathedral Candles and Autumn Leaves Setting for Wedding – Beatrice Gleason. https://www.newspapers.com/image/181524749/.
  • Minneapolis Star, Minneapolis, Minnesota – 1932-10-10, page 4 – FUNERALS – Mrs. John M Gleason. The Minneapolis Star (Minneapolis, MN) 1932-10-10 – Funerals, Mrs. John M. Gleason [Addie Raymond] -. https://www.newspapers.com/image/187350072.
  • Minneapolis Star, Minneapolis, Minnesota – 1962-03†“08, page 49 – Obits – Mrs. Beatrice G Raidt. https://Newspapers.com.
  • Minnesota Births and Christenings, 1840-1980, Family Search, Addie Beatrice Gleason, 1896 – No Image. Addie Beatrice Gleason, 4 November 1896 (accessed 17 June 2022). https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FDSF-GJC.
  • Minnesota Death Index, 1908-2002 (Minneapolis, Minnesota Department of Health), Family Search, Beatrice G Raidt (née Raymond). Accessed 17 June 2022 – Beatrice G. Raidt, 7 March 1962; Ancestry; citing Hennepin, Minnesota, record 1494631, certificate number 023149, Minnesota Department of Health, Minneapolis. https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V4ZW-HRD.
  • Minnesota Deaths, 1887-2001, Family Search, Death – Robert R Raide – 25 March 1955 – No Image. Accessed 17 June 2022 – citing Death, Minnesota State Department of Health, St. Paul. https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:W532-9HT2.
  • Minnesota Official Marriage System (https://moms.mn.gov/, ), MN.GOV, Gilbert F Raidt & Beatrice Gleason.
  • Minnesota State Census, 1905, Family Search, Addie B Gleason – Minneapolis Ward 7, Hennepin County, Minnesota. Addie B Gleason, Minneapolis, Ward Number: 07, Hennepin, Minnesota; citing p. 171, line 2, State Library and Records Service, St.Paul; FHL microfilm 928,785. https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:SP39-PBN.
  • Minnesota, Death Records, and Certificates, 1900-1955, Family Search, Death – Robert R Raidt – 25 March 1955 – No Image. (Accessed 17 June 2022. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FD6H-XPP.
  • S., City Directories, 1822-1995, Ancestry.Com, Minneapolis, Minnesota – 1938 – Gilbert F Raidt. https://www.ancestry.com/discoveryui-content/view/1018568082:2469.
  • S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007, Jerome Gilbert Raidt (1924-1994).
  • S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942, Ancestry.Com, Gilbert Frank Raidt – 25 April 1942.
  • University of Minnesota – Umedia – The Gopher 33, 1920 – https://umedia.lib.umn.edu/item/p16022coll339:22861

Endnotes

[i] Minnesota Births and Christenings, 1840-1980, Family Search, Addie Beatrice Gleason, 1896 – No Image.  Addie Beatrice Gleason, 4 Nov 1896 (accessed 17 Jun 2022). https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FDSF-GJC.

[ii] Possibly Fidella.

Ancestor Sketch – Gilbert Frank Raidt – TR #12

Raidt Project
By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.Gilbert Frank Raidt was born on 1 April 1894 in Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, the sixth child of Frank H and Catherine Frances (Justin) Raidt. He had five siblings: Baby Boy, Sarina Frances, Stella Catherine, Lucy Helen, and Baby Boy 2. He died on 8 July 1974 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. When he was 26, he married Beatrice Marie Gleason, daughter of John M. and Addie (Raymond) Gleason, on 13 October 1920 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Rev. J. P. Valley performed the ceremony. 

List of Grandparents

  • Grandfather: Jerome Gilbert Raidt (1924-1994)
  • 1st Great-grandfather: Gilbert Frank Raidt (1894-1974)
  • 2nd Great-grandfather: Frank H. Raidt (1851-1931)
  • 3rd Great-grandfather: Thomas Raidt (c. 1816-____)

Gilbert Frank Raidt (1894-1974)

Birth

Gilbert Frank Raidt was born on 1 April 1894 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Although he was the sixth child of Frank H and Catherine Frances (Justin) Raidt, his two brothers died before he was born, so he grew up as the youngest of four children.

Other children of Frank H and Catherine Frances (Justin) Raidt

Name Born Married Died
(Baby boy) Before 1884 N/A Before 1886
Sarina “Rena” Frances 1884   [TBD]
Stella Catherine 1887 John Timon Leavin 1962
Lucy Helen 1889 Charles Nagle [?] 1971
(Baby boy) c. 1891 N/A Before 1893

During the 1895 Minnesota Census, Gilbert was living with his parents at 1621 11th Ave. So., Minneapolis. By 1900 the family had moved to 1949 Oliver Ave., No., Minneapolis. By 1905, the family moved again, this time to 1623 Dupont Ave. North, Minneapolis, where he would live until he married in 1920. Gilbert probably attended St. Thomas College in St. Paul at this time.

Military Service

Photo of the ship "Empress of Asia."
The Empress of Asia

Gilbert enlisted in the US Army on 19 May 1917, Shortly after the United States entered World War I (on 6 April 1917).  He remained stateside for his first year in the service. But on 19 September 1918, he shipped out aboard the “Empress of Asia[i]” heading to Europe (Liverpool) to be part of the Headquarters Troop, 86th Infantry Division. He returned and became part of the 311 Fire Truck and Hose Co. Gilbert was discharged on 24 August 1919 as a Sargent.

Marriage

Gilbert Frank Raidt married Beatrice Marie Gleason on 13 October 1920. After their honeymoon, they lived at 1724 Third Ave. So. They had six children, all born in Minneapolis.

Adulthood

Gilbert and Beatrice purchased a home at 4215 Stevens, Minneapolis, and Gilbert worked as a Building Contractor throughout his married life.

In 1942, Gilbert registered for the draft. He was described as being 5’10”, 175 lbs, blue eyes, brown hair, and a light complexion.

Death/Burial, etc.

Marker – Gilbert F. Raidt

Gilbert died on 8 July 1974 in Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota. He was buried at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Minneapolis.

Further Research

  • Research Sarina “Rena” Frances and determine if she ever married and when she died.
  • Confirm Lucy Helen’s husband was Charles Nagle.
  • Research Gilbert’s military service more. Did the 86th Infantry Division see action? Was the 311 Fire and Hose company stateside or overseas?

Events by Location

  • England, Liverpool                                                   1918 – US Army Service
  • Illinois, Winnebago, Camp Grant                       1917-1918 – US Army Service
  • Minnesota, Hennepin County, Minneapolis  Birth, 1900-1940, Death
  • Minnesota, Ramsey County, St. Paul                 c. 1917 – College
  • New Jersey, Hoboken                                                1918 – US Army Service

Endnotes:

[i] The Empress of Asia was built in Govan, Scotland, and launched in 1912. According to Wikipedia, “On 9 September 1918, Empress of Asia set sail from Hoboken, NJ bound for Liverpool carrying troops from the 86th Infantry Division’s 331st Machine Gun Battalion, 311th Engineer Regiment and 311th Engineer Train. She arrived safely on 21 September 1918.

Sources

  • 1900 Census, Various, Frank H Raidt – Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota, Sheet 24A. https://www.ancestry.com/discoveryui-content/view/93073807:7602.
  • 1910 Census (NARA), Family Search, F H Raidt – Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M2G7-Z2N.
  • 1920 Census (NARA), Family Search, Frank Raidt – Hennepin, Minnesota. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MWYX-CDZ.
  • 1930 Census (NARA), Family Search, Gilbert F Raidt, Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X3ZB-WJN.
  • 1930; Census Place: Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota.
  • 1940 Census (NARA), Family Search, Gilbert Raidt – Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota/ https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KSKD-7MG.
  • Correspondence with Jerome G. Raidt – 1970s – Questionaire Answers. In the mid-1970s, I asked Mary Elizabeth Raidt’s father, Jerome G. Raidt, a series of genealogical questions. His response to those questions.
  • Find a Grave, Internet, Beatrice Marie Gleason Raidt – Memorial #157188096. Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed 29 July 2018), memorial page for Beatrice Marie Gleason Raidt (4 November 1896–7 March 1962),
  • Find a Grave, Internet, Gilbert Frank Raidt – Memorial 157187764.
  • Little Falls Herald (Little Falls, MN), Newspapers.com, 1920-10-22 – Page 4 – Gilbert Raidt & Beatrice Gleason.
  • Minneapolis Star Tribune (Minneapolis, Minnesota), Internet, Beatrice Gleason – 1920-10-14 – Page 13 – Cathedral Candles and Autumn Leaves Setting for Wedding. https://www.newspapers.com/image/181524749/.
  • Minnesota Death Index, 1908-2002 (Minneapolis, Minnesota Department of Health), Family Search, Gilbert F. Raidt (No Image). https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V4CX-V8J.
  • Minnesota Official Marriage System (https://moms.mn.gov/, ), MOMS.MN.GOV, Gilbert F Raidt & Beatrice Gleason.
  • Minnesota State Census, 1895, Family Search, Frank Raidt – Hennepin County Minneapolis city, Ward 11 – Page 86, Line 2698.
  • Minnesota State Census, 1905, Family Search, Frank H Raidt – Minneapolis Ward 3, Hennepin County, Minnesota. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:SPSY-BX7.
  • Minnesota, World War I Records, 1918-1941, Family Search, Gilbert Frank Raidt. https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QRVL-3NPZ.
  • Multiple, U.S., City Directories, 1822-1995, Ancestry.Com, Minneapolis, Minnesota – 1926 – Raidt. https://www.ancestry.com/imageviewer/collections/2469/images/14899304.
  • Multiple, U.S., City Directories, 1822-1995, Ancestry.Com, Minneapolis, Minnesota – 1938 – Gilbert F Raidt. https://www.ancestry.com/discoveryui-content/view/1018568082:2469.
  • S., Army Transport Service Arriving and Departing Passenger Lists, 1910-1939, Ancestry.Com, Gilbert F Raidt – Departure 19 September 1918.
  • S., Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010 (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs), Ancestry.Com, Gilbert F. Raidt. https://www.ancestry.com/discoveryui-content/view/7635739:2441.
  • S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007.
  • S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942, Ancestry.Com, Gilbert Frank Raidt – 25 April 1942.
  • United States Social Security Death Index, Family Search, (No Image) – Gilbert Raidt (1894-1974).

 

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.