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 tenous grasp on reality). I'm also proud to say that most of us still have our teeth.
Uncle John and Luella with the descendants of Josefina Mattson Lidman
Helen Lidman Rosencranz, John Mattson, Lenora Lidman Starling, Luella, Carlene Moss Rosencranz, (her mother was Emily Lucille Lidman) and Francis Rosencranz . Lenora, Clara and Helen are still alive.
From the Fortress of Solitude
Today we learn about our Lidman relatives (on the Mattson side). We begin with a Relationship Chart.
Lidman Relationship Chart
The Carl Lidman Family.
1940 Federal Census
John Albert was our Great Grandfather. His sister Josefina was our Great Grand Aunt. They were both born in Sweden.
Josefina married Charles Lidman. The family lived in Lead, South Dakota. Josefina visited her brother John Albert on the Mattson ranch several times. Today I'd like to share photographs of the Mattson and Lidman families.
Great Grandpa John Albert is having a button reattached to his trousers by his Grand niece Helen on the Montana Ranch. The ranch garage (tractor and car) is behind.
Grandpa Walter Mattson on his tractor
Raymond Lidman with his Great Uncle John Albert and Great Aunt Ida.
Raymond Lidman died in 1999. He was my 2nd cousin once removed.
The Mattsons and the Lidmans in the early 1940's.
Left to right. Great Grandpa John Albert, Rose Lidman, Raymond Lidman, Great Grandma Ida, Ed Lidman, Lenora Lidman and Helen Lidman
Great Grandpa John Albert. Early 1940's
Great Grandpa John Albert with (L to R) little Luella, Helen Lidman, Great Grandpa John Albert, Lenora Lidman.
The Lidmans visit the Mattsons. 1942
Top Row (L to R) Rose Lidman, Ernest Rosencranz, Helen Lidman, Edward Lidman, Great Grandma Ida, Lucille Lidman. Bottom Row (L to R): Lenora Lidman, Luella Mattson, Ed Moss holding daughter Carlene, Walter Mattson holding daughter Linda.
A Lidman and Mattson Reunion. 2008.
L to R: Wife of Ronnie Rosencranz, Rose Starling (her mother is Lenora Lidman), Helen Lidman, Aunt Bev, Uncle John, Lenora Lidman, Luella, Charles, Carlene Moss Rosencranz, Francis Rosencranz.