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.

Saturday, December 24, 2022

The Williamsons at School. A Few Interesting Documents that Haven't Seen the Light of Day in a Few Decades and A Holiday Remembrance for Those Who've Gone Up the River.

 From the Fortress of Solitude

Pleasant Grove

While working at my desk this Christmas Eve I grew board with the task at hand and opened the FHSPF (Family History Still to Post File).  The FHSPF is where I keep the odds and ends of family history that haven't made their way into this blog.  The school records below stood out asking to be officially recorded for posterities sake, and so here they are. Be sure to either call or text your belated congratulations to the family members highlighted below. Although it's been a few decades since the report was issued, a hearty "Well Done!" is always appreciated. Plus it gives you an excuse to contact them to wish them a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.        

Congratulations Lisa on earning the "Doing Much Better" classroom award.  Remember this award when you feel down in the dumps and need a quick pick me up.  Draker, please print this and place it on the refrigerator at Creekside. Lisa will insist it not be on display but being the owner of the home, I insist.  

Who says Kevin hasn't accomplished much in his 61 years of life.  Look at these statistics!  On the down side, shall we all agree that Kevin peaked physically that year and it's been downhill ever since. 

As if Jilane hasn't enough to brag about, now we get to hear her boast ad nauseam over these academic stats.  Yes Jilane, I see you were 76th out of 409 students.  Yes Jilane we see you had a 3.06 GPA.  What gets me are the lies.  Why would teachers add such comments to Jilane's 7th grade report card as "Pleasant, Cooperative, Courteous, and Assumes Responsibility Well?"  OK, I'll give her the "Assumes Responsibility Well"  but the others were clearly meant for someone else because they don't describe the Jilane we all know and love today.   

And finally we honor Lisa once again by publishing her 3rd grade end of year report.  I'm sure Lisa will blush with embarrassed pride when learning of the release of this official transcript but the crimsoned cheeks are well earned.  What more could a child want than to have her teacher write,"I've really enjoyed having you in my room this year," on her year end report.  Being a teacher myself, I know the teacher meant what she wrote.  How do I know?  I write "I've enjoyed having you in class this year," on all of my student's final reports but reserved the use of the word "really" for special students who I actually enjoyed having.  You see the subtle difference?  

And Finally, a Remembrance of Those Who've Recently Passed. Kevin, Charles, Forrest, and Marvin.

I was looking through old Christmas photos and found several pictures of four beloved family members who've recently passed.  I put them in a slide show set to a song I really like (note the word really).  It's a sad song but it fit my melancholy mood so I used it.  I suggest you turn down the sound and just enjoy the photos. 

Merry Christmas to Everyone!  


Sunday, September 4, 2022

Our Family's 5 Generation Photo. Grandma Logan to Grandma Violet to Grandma Luella to Kim to Forrest.


Rapid City.  1974

From the Fortress of Solitude
Pleasant Grove

     The photo above is our family's one and only 5 generation photo taken shortly after the birth of Kim's son Forrest.  In the photo are:
1. Great Grandmother Logan (Forrest's great great grandma)
    GG Logan is Luella's grandmother and Violet's mother.
2.  Grandma Violet Mattson.  Violet was Luella's mother. (Forrest's Great Grandma)
3.  Luella Mattson Williamson (Forrest's Grandma)
4.  Kim. (Forrest's mother)

     Everyone looks so young.  Luella is only 35 years old. Grandma Violet is 56 years old.  Grandma Logan is 84 years old.
     The picture was taken in Rapid City.  Grandma Logan was visiting from California.    

Sunday, April 24, 2022

New Dates for Uncle Stanford Charles Williamson

From the Fortress of Solitude

Pleasant Grove

Hello All,

After a bit of digging I found more information on Uncle Stanford Williamson, the last child of Grandpa Charles and Elsie Williamson (dad's step mother).  Up until today I didn't have his exact birth and death dates.  I have them now.  Below is a photo of that information from my family tree:

Stanford was born premature and developed pneumonia. He lived 7 days before passing away.  He was buried in Potter's Field at Mt. Moriah Cemetery in Deadwood South Dakota in an unmarked grave.  Charles and Elsie didn't have the money for a single plot and headstone.  The cemetery has a record of his burial but no exact location.  For that we must rely on the memories of those that may still know.  


Friday, December 31, 2021

A Change to Grandma Mattson's Birthplace

From the Fortress of Solitude

Previous family trees give Torrington Wyoming as the birthplace of Grandma Mattson (Luella's mother).  Today I found the WW1 draft card of her father, Walter Pierce.  The card was signed in September 1918. Grandma Mattson was born in June 1918.  You'll notice the card indicates the family was farming in Sioux County Nebraska.  The card states that Morrill was the address town.  

Morrill is not located in Sioux County but close to it.  I'm assuming then that the family farm was in Sioux County very close to Morrill.  

The farm must not have worked out, because the 1920 census shows the family living in Goshen County, Wyoming.  Torrington is the county seat for Goshen County.    


Great Grandma Vesta Logan's Burial Marker. Vesta Was Mother to Violet Mattson.


This is the burial marker for our Great Grandmother Logan, mother to Grandma Mattson.  Vesta is buried at the Crestlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in the city of Riverside, California.   

Great Grandma Vesta

Learn More About Grandma Elda's (Mother to Charles Williamson) Trojan, South Dakota

Elda Vercellio, mother to our dad Charles, who later became our beloved Grandma Leissman was born in Trojan, South Dakota in 1905. Trojan doesn't exist today.  Trojan was six miles outside of Lead. Later the family moved to Lead itself and build a home just below the current site of Lead / Deadwood High School.  

This is a short 4 minute video on the history of Trojan, South Dakota.  

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Williamson Lines: Newly Surfaced Photos of Our Great Great Grandparents Nancy Morris and Whitty Victor

From the Fortress of Solitude
Pleasant Grove

      Brent Heeren is a cousin related to us through Nancy Morris, wife of Whitty Victor (both pictured above). Brent was kind enough to forward this photo of our Great Great Grandparents he recently received from another cousin in the Morris family.  

     This family history blog has several posts with more information on the life and times of the Victors.  Do a search in the blog using the search feature located within the right side bar of the blog. 
     Would you like access to the Family Tree?  My extensively researched tree which accompanies this blog is hosted on Ancestry.com.  For access to the tree please send your name in an email to:  Director@SpaceCampUtah.org.  It would be helpful if you state your interest in the tree or how you are related to either the Williamson's or Mattsons.

Victor Williamson 

Mattson Family Documents of Interest. Mortgage on the Spearfish Home. Walter's Discharge from the CCC's. Oil and Gas Lease on the Mattson Ranch. Walter Mattson's Burial Expenses. Divorce Papers for Grandma Mattson and Merle Dame.

From the Fortress of Solitude
Pleasant Grove

Here are a few more documents found in Uncle John's old desk and pulled from oblivion by Kirk.

The Mortgage on the Mattson Family home in Spearfish

The document below is the mortgage on the Mattson home in Spearfish, South Dakota.  336 N. 5th Street. 

The old Mattson home in Spearfish as it looks today.
Grandma Violet in front of the home shortly after purchase.

The home in the late 1950's or very early 1960s.

Grandpa Walter Mattson's Discharge from the Civilian Conservation Corps

     Grandpa Mattson worked for the CCC in the 1930's.  The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was a voluntary public work relief program that operated from 1933 to 1942 in the United States for unemployed, unmarried men. Originally for young men ages 18–25, it was eventually expanded to ages 17–28. He signed on when he was 23 years old.  The release document stated he was an excellent worker and excellent team leader.

Documents Related to the Burial of Grandpa Walter Mattson in Belle Fourche.

Grandma and Grandpa Mattson's Tax Returns for 1971. 

     Very humble people living a simple life. There is something to be said for that.

Oil and Gas Payment for the Mattson Ranch in Montana. 

Apparently the land was sold when the family moved to Spearfish but the oil and gas rights stayed with the Mattsons.

Grandma Mattson's Divorce Papers Against Her Second Husband, Merle Dame

Sunday, April 12, 2020

The Mattson Line. Newly Discovered Items: Last Will and Testament. 1947 Taxes on the Family Ranch. Grandpa Mattson's Baptismal Recommend Etc.

From the Fortress of Solitude
Pleasant Grove

Happy Easter!

Kirk Mattson called last week. He'd found several things in Uncle John's old office desk he thought would be of interest to the Mattson line of our family.  Porter dropped them off at Jilane's and she made the harrowing journey one block to my home, risking corona virus and all, to safely deliver the papers to me.   I'll be posting them in the next few blog posts.

Item 1:  Grandpa Walter Mattson's Last Will and Testament

Walter Mattson 1942

Item 2:  Grandpa Mattson's baptism and Confirmation                         Recommend into the LDS Church. November 1966

Violet and Walter Mattson (1960's)

Item 3:  A letter to Grandma Violet Mattson from a Pierce cousin living  in Alabama seeking help in tracing the Pierce family line. 

Item 4:  The 1947 Tax Statement for the Mattson Ranch at Hammond Montana.  Of interest in the exact land survey of the land and the amount Grandpa Mattson owed in back taxes.  Ranching wasn't profitable for the Mattsons.  

The Mattsons of Hammond Montana.  1944

Item 5:  Grandma Violet Mattson's Certificate of Recognition for 7 years an employee of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City. She worked as a cook in the school's cafeteria.

Grandma Violet Mattson working in the cafeteria at the South Dakota School of Mines Cafeteria.

Sunday, April 5, 2020

A Few Recent Finds for both the Williamson and Mattson Line.

From the Fortress of Solitude
Pleasant Grove

Hello All,
     Just a few recent finds to publish today.  These are also in my Ancestry.com tree.  

1.  This is the death certificate of Walter Ernest Williamson, a brother to our Great Grandfather William Jonathan Williamson.  So if there are Williamson's in Billings Montana, we may very well be related.

Walter Ernest Williamson was the undersheriff of Treasure County Montana.  He was a cowboy in his younger years riding the range for many of the larger brands of South Dakota and Montana.

2.  Item number two in today's discoveries is the World War II draft card for our grandfather Charles Williamson.  Notice how his signature resembles dad's.  

3.  Item three. a picture from the 1955 Spearfish High School Yearbook.  Luella was in the Glee Club.  "I didn't like the director, Mr. Theland. He had a beautiful wife but like to flirt with the senior girls. Not me, I was a junior".  

4.  Item 4  The baptismal record of our grandfather Walter Mattson (Luella's dad) into the Swedish Lutheran Church in Lead.  His parents were not members, so the baptism was sponsored by his Aunt Sand.  

5.  The death certificate of Samuel Pettit Williamson, another of our great great Uncles, brother to  our Great Grandfather William Jonathan Williamson.  That means we have Williamson cousins in 
Coeur d' Alene Idaho.