Here, gathered in our beloved South Dakota, are a few members of our Williamson / Mattson Clan. Charles and Luella are to be blamed (be kind, they didn't know what they were doing). We're generally a happy bunch and somewhat intelligent (notwithstanding our tenuous grasp on reality). I'm also proud to say that most of us still have our teeth.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

From Grandma Violet Pierce Mattson's Photo Albums.

From the Fortress of Solitude
Pleasant Grove

Hello All,

In an earlier post I talked about cleaning out the master bedroom closet and finding Grandma Mattson's old photo albums in a box of her things not looked at since her death. I'm working my way through them, and sadly enough, there are pictures of people I don't know and neither does Luella. That is one of the reasons for this family history blog. I working on this to insure our family's old photos are properly recorded and identified (if possible) so the collection is available to everyone. You future generations of Williamsons and Mattsons can thank me by saying a few prayers in my behalf. Your prayers for my soul will (or so I'm told) shorten my sentence in Purgatory :)

And now, a rather random assortment from Grandma Violet's albums. Please click on each picture to enlarge them.

There are two identifiable people in the photograph above. Grandma Violet is the little girl on the far left. Her brother Walter is the fifth child to the right. The rest of the people are a mystery. This would have been taken in the mid 1920's.

Here is the same group with a better view of Grandma's face. She is looking toward the baby in the man's arms. Her brother Walter is standing beside her separated by a dog.

This is the best picture we have of Great Grandpa Walter Pierce. He was Grandma Violet's father. Their early life was a tragedy (as written about in many earlier posts). He divorced Violet and Walter's mother when Violet was a very young girl.

This is written on the back of Walter Pierce's picture.

A picture of Grandma Violet

A picture of Grandpa Walter Mattson

Grandma Violet had two copies of this photograph. In the picture you see
Grandpa and Grandma Mattson (Walter and Violet). On the left is
Linda. Luella is in the middle. John is being held by Grandma.

Two pictures taken in 1962. John Mattson was visiting his Grandmother Vesta (Violet's Mother) in California

A picture of Luella's brother John Mattson while serving an LDS mission in Southern California.
The photo was taken in June 1966.

A picture of Kirk Mattson, John and Beverly's oldest child, when he was 6 months old. This picture was taken in the Mattson home in Spearfish, South Dakota.

Kirk Mattson and his sister Gina. Gina was 2 weeks old. Taken at Spearfish S.D.

Kirk Mattson and his sister Gina. Gina was 8 weeks old. Taken at Spearfish S.D.

Grandma Violet spilled something on this photo of Gina. Gina is 8 months old.

Our final picture today. Kirk Mattson at 2 years old.

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