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.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

More from the Mattson Montana Ranch.

From the Fortress of Solitude
Pleasant Grove

Hello All,
Today I'm posting pictures from Great Grandma Ida Tornberg Mattson's Montana photo album.

Click on each picture to enlarge.

We start with the oldest picture of the set. This picture was taken on Thanksgiving Day 1933. Grandpa Walter was 21 years old. The family he is with is unknown. Grandpa Walter was in the CC's (part of the Depression era government works program). This may have been a family he was living with. "My dad was a real good looking fellow," Luella said.

Albert Mattson with Luella. 1940. Great Grandpa's real name was John Albert. He went by Albert because he said there were too many John's.

Luella on the Montana ranch. 1941. The chicken coop is in the background. The barrels were for rainwater.

Luella, young girl. Helen Lidman, Albert Mattson, Lenora Lidman (?) visiting the Lidman's in Hermosa South Dakota.

Luella standing into the door of their ranch house. 1942.

Luella standing with parents Walter and Violet. Her Grandmother Ida is behind her. The man with the hat is unknown; 1941/42. Luella remembers Violet's coat. "That was the coat she wore when she came home from Belle Fourche telling us my baby brother was dead."

Albert Mattson with Linda. 1942

Albert Mattson down by the well with the Mattson sheep along the hill. He always wore suspenders. He was always busy. He never stopped working.

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