Emma Elvira Mattson
b. 1 May 1908, d. 13 January 1998
- Father: Alexander Mattson b. 2 September 1869, d. 27 January 1924
- Mother: Emma Josefina Reini b. 3 May 1872, d. 23 August 1939
- Emma Elvira Mattson was born on 1 May 1908 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 Emma Elvira Mattson, Jalmer Mathius Mattson, Albert Alexander Mattson, Hubert John Mattson, George Mattson, Toivo Ralph Mattson and Walter Rudolph 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 Emma Elvira Mattson, Toivo Ralph Mattson, Walter Rudolph 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.
- The following appeared on 10 September 1928 in the Lead Daily Call: Miss Emma Mattson left for Detroit, Mich., last night to resume her duties at the Henry Ford hospital. She had been visiting relatives in Lead for the last month.
- Emma Elvira Mattson appeared in the US federal census of 1 April 1930 in Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, at Clara Ford Nurses' Home, 7410 Byron Avenue.
- 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 Emma Elvira Mattson, Toivo Ralph Mattson, Walter Rudolph Mattson, Martha Marian Mattson and Mayme Margaret Mattson.
- She was a student nurse, according to 1930 census.
- 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 1 May 1933 in the Lead Daily Call: Miss Emma Mattson arrived via the Burlington yesterday from Detroit, Mich., for a visit with her mother, Mrs. Josephine Mattson, and other relatives.
- The following appeared on 26 April 1934 in the Lead Daily Call: For several weeks Miss Emma Mattson, registered nurse, in the pay of the federal government, has been giving the school children a health examination. Miss Mattson has been conducting her examinations in both the public and the parochial schools. Children discovered by the nurse to need more thorough examination are to be examined this week by the doctors of the community, who annually volunteer their services for this work. . . .
- She married Charles Ellis Davies, son of Daniel Davies and Anna Augusta Rosengren, on 30 October 1934 in Brookings, South Dakota, at the home of his brother Ross Davies.
- The following appeared on 3 November 1934 in the Lead Daily Call: Miss Emma Mattson and Charles Davies of this city, were united in marriage last Tuesday, October 30, at the home of the bridegroom-s brother, Ross Davies, in Brookings, it has been announced. The newly wedded couple went on from there to Oshkoxh, Wis., to spend their honeymoon visiting with Mr. Davies' sister, mrs. Marion Hanson and her husband. [:PCR:] The bride is the daughter of Mrs. Josephine Mattson of this city. She is a graduate of Lead high school and of the Henry Ford hospital in Detroit, Mich. Last year she was employed in this territory as federal school nurse. [:CR;] The bridegroom is the son of Mrs. Anna Davies of this city. He too, is a graduate of Lead high school and also of state college at Brookings. He is employed by the Homestake Mining company. Upon their return Mr. and Mrs. Davies will establish their home here.
- The following appeared on 9 November 1934 in the Lead Daily Call: Mrs. Charles Davies, a bride of a week, was honored last evening at the home of her mother, Mrs. Josephine Mattson, 7 McClellan street, at a surprise party and miscellaneous shower, by a group of her girl friends. Eighteen guests were in attendance and honors at bridge went to Mrs. Irene Vukotich, Mrs. Esther Robison and Mrs. Arthur Smith. At the conclusion of cards a mock wedding was staged and this was followed by the serving of delicious refreshments. The honor guest received some beautiful and appreciated gifts. Mr. and Mrs. Davies who were married Tuesday of last week at the home of the bridegroom's brother, Ross Davies in Brookings, arrived home Wednesday evening from their honeymoon trip spent at Oshkosh, Wis. They plan to establish their home in Lead.
- 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.
- She was employed by Park Navajo Hospital, Holbrook, Navajo County, Arizona, on 2 July 1943 when she completed her Social Security application.
- 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.
- In June 1979, Emma and Charles Davies posed for a photo on a wooden bridge.
- Emma Elvira Mattson became a widow at the September 1982 death of her husband Charles Ellis Davies.
- Emma Elvira Mattson died on 13 January 1998 at age 89 in Roanoke, Virginia.
- Last Edited: 16 Jul 2016