Hilda Elizabeth Mattson
b. 23 April 1892, d. 10 September 1977
- Father: Alexander Mattson b. 2 September 1869, d. 27 January 1924
- Mother: Emma Josefina Reini b. 3 May 1872, d. 23 August 1939
- Hilda Elizabeth Mattson was born on 23 April 1892 in Fairport Harbor, Lake County, Ohio.
- Alexander Mattson and Emma Josefina Reini appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1900 in Lead, Lawrence County, South Dakota. Other members of the household included Hilda Elizabeth Mattson, Hilja Mattson, Jalmer Mathius Mattson, Albert Alexander Mattson, Wilho Edward Mattson and Hubert John Mattson.
- She married William Andrew Ferguson, son of Andrew Dexter Ferguson and Augusta H. Preston, on 18 January 1910 in Lead, South Dakota.
- William Andrew Ferguson and Hilda Elizabeth Mattson appeared in the US federal census of 15 April 1910 in Lead, Lawrence County, South Dakota, at 34 Park Avenue.
- 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."
- William Andrew Ferguson and Hilda Elizabeth Mattson appeared in the US federal census of 1 January 1920 in Lead, Lawrence County, South Dakota, at 303 Park Avenue. Other members of the household included William Andrew Ferguson Jr.
- 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.
- William Andrew Ferguson and Hilda Elizabeth Mattson appeared in the US federal census of 1 April 1930 in Lead, South Dakota, at 303 Park Avenue. Other members of the household included William Andrew Ferguson Jr. and Elton Hobart Ferguson.
- The following appeared on 23 August 1939 in the Lead Daily Call: Mrs. Josephine Mattson, a well known and highly respected resident of Lead for the past 40 years, succumbed in the Homestake hospital this morning about 1 o'clock. Mrs. Mattson had been receiving hospitalization the past two months for a broken hip, and was apparently recovering until a few hours before her death, when she became critically ill. Her unexpected death was a severe shock to her family and friends.
The deceased was born in Laihija, Finland, May 3, 1872, and came to the United States in 1889. She had been a resident of Lead since 1899. Her husband died January 27, 1924, and five children also preceded her in death.
Surviving sons and daughters are Jalmer of Butte, Mont; Mrs. Hilda Ferguson, Lead; Albert A., of Pittsburgh, Pa; Hubert J., of Tehonsha, Mich; T. Ralph, of Hot Springs; Mrs. Emma Davies, of Wagner, S. D; Walter, Martha and Mayme Henry, of Lead.
The absent sons and daughters are enroute to Lead. Mrs. Ferguson was visiting in Minneapolis at the time of her mother's death and came today by plane.
Other survivors are two sisters, Mrs. Jennie Rentto, Lead, and Mrs. Saraphia Hilston of Fairpoint, Ohio; seven grandchildren and one great grandchild. She was a member of the Finnish Evangelical Lutheran church. Funeral services will probably be held Friday or Saturday, although no definite arrangements have yet been made.
- The following appeared on 30 May 1949 in the Lead Daily Call: Mr. and Mrs. Ross Davies of Huron came to Lead Saturday to join his brother and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Davies, of Provo, Utah, who are spending a week at the home of Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Ferguson. Sunday afternoon a picnic gathering of relatives and friends was arranged in commemoration of the visit of the Davies, who are former Lead residents. Ross and Charles are sons of the late Mrs. Anna Davies.
- The following appeared on 26 November 1951 in the Lead Daily Call: Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Ferguson returned Sunday from spending the Thanksgiving weekind with their son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Baird at Englewood, Colo., and Mrs. Ferguson's brother-in-law and sister, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Davies, at Brighton, Colo.
- The following appeared on 18 April 1958 in the Lead Daily Call: Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Ferguson returned Thursday evening from a two-week trip to Colorado. They were guests at the home of their son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Elton Ferguson, and family in Englewood and also visited mrs. Ferguson's brother-in-law and sister, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Davies in Brighton.
- The following appeared on 15 August 1959 in the Lead Daily Call: Mr. and Mrs. William A. Ferguson were feted at a golden anniversary dinner Friday evening at the Lead Country Club by their children, Mrs. Frank Baird, Helena, Mont., William Ferguson Jr., Winona, Minn., and Elton Ferguson, Denver, Colo. Twenty-seven members of the family were present for the signal event.
Jan. 18, 1910, was the honored couple's wedding date and their children decided to celebrate the event during the summer when travel to the Hills is easiest and the scenery is at the peak of its beauty.
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Those present included, besides the honored couple, Mr. and Mrs. Baird, Marilyn Baird, Helena; Mr. and Mrs. Ferguson Jr., Barbara, Margaret, Joe, Betty, and Billy Ferguson III, Winona; Mr. and Mrs. E. Ferguson, Debra Ann, Denver; Mr. and Mrs. Ralph (Pete) Mattson, Hot Springs; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Davies and Ross Davies, Brighton, Colo; Mr. and Mrs. E. L. Frazier, Mrs. Ted Henry, Seattle, and Mr. and Mrs. Walter Mattson, John and Jim, Lead.
Hubert J. Mattson, Cold Water, Mich., and Jalmer M. Mattson, Tacoma, Wash., brothers of Mrs. Ferguson, were unable to be present.
- 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.
- The SSDI lists Littleton, Arapahoe County, Colorado, as the last residence of record of Hilda Elizabeth Mattson.
- Hilda Elizabeth Mattson died on 10 September 1977 at age 85 in Deadwood, Lawrence County, South Dakota.
- William Andrew Ferguson became a widower at her death.
- She was interred at West Lead Cemetery, Lead, Lawrence County, South Dakota.
- Last Edited: 16 Jul 2016