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, July 22, 2012

Photos from Aunt Bev's Photo Album. Post 1

From the Fortress of Solitude
Pleasant Grove

Hello All,
Aunt Bev entrusted her large photo album to me at my request during the family's July 4th barbecue.  I'm planning to post all the pictures to this blog so the family, especially the Mattson children, can download them for their own personal histories.


Uncle John must have been under the weather in this photo dated April 1972 at Bev's parent's home in American Fork, Utah.

 According to Bev's notes, these two pictures were taken in California.  The picture to the left shows
Great Grandma Vesta (Violet's mother), Uncle John, Kirk, Aunt Bev holding Gina.
On the right, Jon with Gina with Grandmas Vest and Violet walking arm in arm.

Aunt Bev with Grandma Mattson and Gina.

Kirk and Gina sitting in the Mattson kitchen in Spearfish South Dakota. January 1972.

 Kirk and Gina in the Mattson living room, Spearfish South Dakota

Gina and Kirk with favorite dog Baron. I have fond memories of that Spearfish House. We loved visiting Grandma and Grandpa Mattson.  
John and Bev lived in the house when Grandma and Grandpa moved to California.

More from 1985/86. The Pictures Keep Coming and Coming.... Will They Ever Stop?

From the Fortress of Solitude
Pleasant Grove

Hello All,
The middle of July brings summer's hottest days to our pleasant valley.  The heat, mixed with moist monsoonal air, clouds the late afternoons. Light showers generally follow, cooling and scenting the air.  It is the best part of the day.  It is the best part of our Utah summer.

I continue researching our family's history, spending hours every week searching for long forgotten ancestors.  I want to tell their stories.  I want to know who they were.  My discoveries are posted on this blog for all to enjoy.  Lately you'll notice a decline in the posted research.   No, I'm not growing board with the endeavor, I'm just nearing the end of what's available.  For some of our ancestors, a name on our family tree is all we will ever know of them.  That, and the fact that they continue to live on to some degree in the very essence of who we are.  

The limited information on our ancestors has given me an opportunity over the last several months to post pictures from our recent family history.  These picture are posted so the people in them can download them for their own personal histories.  Today, we continue by looking at pictures labeled 1985/86.


   Joseph Mattson holding his young cousin Autumn DelGrosso

Joseph doing his tricks outside the American Fork Mattson Home.

Brothers Jacob (orange shirt) and Joseph (white shirt) with two friends on their front lawn.

Joseph up to bat

Joseph pitching

Uncle John and Aunt Beverly Mattson out for a horse ride on the occasion of John's birthday

Jacob Mattson -  too impatient to wait for a spoon (Uncle John's birthday)

Kirk Mattson

Joseph caught in the act - his finger getting dangerously close to the frosting on his dad's cake.

The presentation of the Cake (Bev and Kirk)

Another birthday party celebrating Charles Williamson's 1986 birthday at the home of Marvin and Cindy Mattson, Black Hawk, South Dakota. 

Charles Williamson at his birthday party.  

Grandma Mattson could never get cool enough on a hot June South Dakota evening

Cindy Mattson holding daughter Hallie with Luella Williamson

Uncle Ray (Linda's husband), Uncle Marvin and Charles Williamson

Luke Mattson, eldest child of Marvin and Cindy Mattson

Uncle Marvin with Hallie