Walter Rudolph Mattson
b. 31 March 1910, d. 4 March 1973
- Father: Alexander Mattson b. 2 September 1869, d. 27 January 1924
- Mother: Emma Josefina Reini b. 3 May 1872, d. 23 August 1939
- Walter Rudolph Mattson was born on 31 March 1910 in Lead, Lawrence County, South Dakota.
- Alexander Mattson and Emma Josefina Reini appeared in the US federal census of 15 April 1910 in 421 Park Avenue, Lawrence County, South Dakota. Other members of the household included Walter Rudolph Mattson, Jalmer Mathius Mattson, Albert Alexander Mattson, Hubert John Mattson, George Mattson, Toivo Ralph Mattson and Emma Elvira Mattson.
- In 1919, at the close of the war, Sander and Emma Mattson were photographed together with all of their living children: Jim, Albert, Jalmer, Hilda, Pete, Walter, Mayme, Martha, and Emma. On 5 April 1991, brother Hubert John "Pete" (in Hot Springs, South Dakota) wrote to Emma Davies (in Augusta, Georgia), "The picture that Elton sent you was taken in 1919 when we were living at 421 Park Ave. It was taken after Jalmer, Jim and Aub had been discharged from the service. I believe that that was the last time we were all together, as shortly after that Aub & Jalmer went to Butte, Mont., and Jim went to Sturgis, Mich."
- Alexander Mattson appeared in the US federal census of 1 January 1920 in Lead, South Dakota. Other members of the household included Walter Rudolph Mattson, Toivo Ralph Mattson, Emma Elvira Mattson, Martha Marian Mattson and Mayme Margaret Mattson.
- The following appeared on 28 January 1924 in the Lead Daily Call: Santer [sic] Mattson, well known to Finnish circles and for the past 26 years a resident of this city and an employee of the Homestake company, died yesterday at 10 a. m., at his home. Funeral services will be conducted at the Finnish Evangelical church, Thursday at 2 p.m., Rev. K. V. Mykhanene officiating.
Deceased was born in Wurta Finland, 1869, and in early manhood came to this country. He has been a United States citizen for the past 25 years. The immediate cause of his death was consumption.
Mr. Mattson was a member of the Ancient order of United Workmen, the Homestake Aid association and for years was a leading figure in the Finnish Temperance society. Thoroughly Americanized, he besought for his large family the finest that educational institutions in this country afford. His success is attested to by the success of his children.
He is survived by his wife, a brother, Nestor Rento, and the following children: Hjalmer, safety engineer of the Anaconda Copper Mining company, of Butte, Mont; Mrs. W. A. Ferguson of Lead; Albert A., states attorney at Soda Springs, Ida; Hubert J., expert manager for Kersch Lace Curtain and Rod company, Sturgis, Mich; Ralph, a student at the University of South Dakota at Vermillion; and Walter, Emma, Martha and Mamie, minors.
- Emma Josefina Reini appeared in the US federal census of 1 April 1930 in Lead, Lawrence County, South Dakota, at 7 East McClaren? Street. Other members of the household included Walter Rudolph Mattson, Toivo Ralph Mattson, Martha Marian Mattson, Mayme Margaret Mattson and Emma Elvira Mattson.
- The following appeared on 9 July 1932 in the Lead Daily Call: Miss Emma Mattson, who is an assistant to the famous surgeon, r. McClure at the Henry Ford hospital in Detroit, came Sunday on the Burlington for a month's annual visit with her mother, Mrs. Josephine Mattson, and other relatives and friends. She was met at Custer by her brother, Walter Mattson and came the remainder of the distance by auto.
- The following appeared on 10 September 1960 in the Lead Daily Call: Charles Davi[e]s, Brighton, Colo., formerly of Lead, visited Friday and Saturday with Mr. and Mrs. Walter Mattson, Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Ferguson and Mr. and Mrs. George Klingler. Davi[e]s is married to the former Emma Mattson, sister of Mattson and Mrs. Ferguson.
- The following appeared on 22 June 1963 in the Lead Daily Call: Mr. and Mrs. Charles Davies, Brighton, Colo., left Saturday after visiting her brother-in-law and sister, Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Ferguson and her brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Mattson and family. Mrs. Davies is the former Emma Mattson of Lead. The couple arrived Thursday.
- Walter Rudolph Mattson died on 4 March 1973 at age 62 in Lead, South Dakota.
- Last Edited: 24 Mar 2009