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.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

For Independence Day, A Potpourri of Pictures Without Any Semblance of Order

From the Fortress of Solitude
Pleasant Grove

Hello All, 
Another post today, one yesterday and another the day before that?  Some may say I'm spoiling you.  If so, it is only because you deserve it.  The Space Education Center is closed for three days so the staff and volunteers can enjoy the Independence Day holiday.  Three days off gives me the time to continue working my way through hundreds of snapshots filling several wicker baskets in the Great Room.

Today's post is a potpourri of pictures.  I took one basket, reached in and pulled out a handful of photos.  What I pulled out is what you see below.  Some of the pictures are mine, others belonged to Grandmas Mattson and Liessman.  There are a couple others pertaining to the Williamson side of the family.  It really is as I described above - potpourri. 

Shall we begin?

John Albert Mattson, father to Walter Mattson.  John Albert is my Great Grandfather - immigrated from Sweden in 1903.  His obituary was posted in yesterday's blog post.

Walter Albert Mattson seated in the chair. with a friend.  The picture was taken at the Mattson Homestead in Montana.  Walter is my Grandfather on my mother's side. 

My Great Grandmother Vesta (Grandma Violet Mattson's mother) holding my mother Luella.  Vesta was born in 1892.  Vesta was visiting her daughter and first grandchild at the Mattson homestead.

 A formal portrait of Great Grandmother Vesta.

My mother Luella with her younger sister Linda taken at the Mattson Homestead, Montana.

My Grandmother Elda (Charles Williamson's mother) with a friend.

 Grandma Elda laughing.  This is how we all remember her.

Grandma Elda with her second husband, Emerson Liessman.

Grandma Elda with Grandpa Liessman's mother in Bismark, North Dakota

Kim Williamson at 4 and 1/2 months.
This picture was originally black and white. It was hand colored by Grandma Mattson

Uncle Ray Williamson
Uncle Raymond was my dad's half brother

 This truly is a hodgepodge, patchwork quilt of a post.  We have pictures from all sides
of the family and from multiple generations.
This is Shelley Mattson, eldest child of Marvin Mattson and Pam Evans.

Kirk Mattson at 3 months taken at the Mattson home in Spearfish South Dakota

Kirk Mattson at 14 months wearing his cast.
Mattson home, Spearfish South Dakota

 Lisa Williamson's Birthday Party.  Backyard of the Williamson home on 38th Street, Rapid City.
Left to right:  Kirk Mattson, Gina Mattson, Lisa and Angie Mattson.

 The wedding ceremony of JD DelGrosso to Kim Williamson in Colorado.  Notice Grandma and Grandpa Liessman standing in the background.

Jilane Williamson, Stevens High School Cheerleader

Janice, Jilane and Kim.  The three sisters are sitting in the living room of Kim and JD Delgrosso's  small cabin in Frisco, Colorado.

Forrest Delgrosso, Kim's firstborn.

Forrest, slightly older

And Forrest, older still.

Brandon DelGrosso, Kim's second born

 Finally, Lisa Williamson Coronado's two youngest Adia and Draker on the beach in California

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