"History of Lincoln, Oneida, and Vilas Counties Wisconsin"

Compiled by George O.Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others. Printed in 1924 by H.C.Cooper. Jr. & Co., Minneapoli-Winona MN. ill. 787 pages. The first two hundred pages are history of the three counties, the remainder of the book is biographies.


Mattson, John a pioneer farmer in the town of Wilson, Lincoln County, who within the last 26 years has built up a good argicultural property, was born in Sweden, Jan. 1, 1870, son of Matts ANDERSON and his wife Margaret, whose maden name was also ANDERSON. The parents lived out their lives in their native land, the father passing away in August, 1914, and the mother in March, 1917. Of their six children the two first born were daughters and still reside in Sweden, namely: Katherine, who is married to a Mr. HOLM, and Mary, who is the wife of A. SEGESTRAN. The four sons - Martin, Andrew, John and Gustav - all came to America. Martin is now in California; Andrew is a farmer in the town of Bradley, Lincoln County, Wis.; John is the subject of this sketch; and Gustav is, like Martin, in California. John MATTSON was educated in his native land and as a young man was engaged in farm work there. It was in 1892 that he came to the United States, landing in New York. Thence he proceeded to Pennsylvania, in which state he remained until November of the same year, when he came to Wisconsin, locating in Price County. There he remained five years, being employed in the woods in connection with the lumber industry. In the fall of 1897 Mr. MATTSON came to Lincoln County and located on his present farm in the town of Wilson, which he had purchased in 1896. Taking up his quarters in a small house which stood on the place, he led a bachelor's life here until 1909, busily engaged in making improvements. There were no roads in those days but Trunk Highway "F" now passes by his farm. He has cleared 35 acres of his land and has 25 acres under the plow; he has also rebuilt the house and erected a substantial barm and outbuildings and is carrying on general farming and dairying, his cattle being of the Holstein breed with a pure bred sire at the head. Mr. MATTSON has a wide acquaintance in the northern part of Lincoln County, and at various times has been called upon to serve his town in public office. He was for three years town clerk and three year treasurer; he also served four years as clerk of the school board in District No. 1 and for four years held the office of director. In addition to his direct farming interests, he is a stockholder in the Prentice Co-operative Creamery. Mr. MATTSON was married in Tomahawk, Wis., in March, 1909, to Hannah LINDMAN, who was born in Sweden Jan 5, 1889, and who came to America in 1908. Of this union three children have been born: Edith, Jan. 2, 1910; Mabel, Nov. 12, 1913; and John, Jr., Nov. 10, 1918.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 746-747, History of Lincoln, Oneida and Vilas Counties Wisconsin; Compiled by George O. Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others 1924, H. C. Cooper, Jr. & Co

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