|Birth: ||Feb. 23, 1868|
Östra Göinge kommun
Skåne län, Sweden
|Death: ||Apr. 28, 1950|
August M. Matson was born Gustav Magnusson (son of Magnus) on February 25, 1868, in a southern province of Sweden known as Skane (Shone).* He came to Galva, Illinois at the age of 19 years (some accounts say 17), accompanied by his widowed mother. A story he used to tell was that he landed in Galva with his mother to look after and only 50 cents in his pocket and no hat, as it had blown off when he looked out the train window. He told that when he registered at the immigration office in New York as Gustav Magnusson, he was told that it was too long and they changed it to August Matson. His mother was Matilda Matson (1828-1908),and she is buried in Galva, Illinois. August became a Naturalized Citizen of the United States on October 7, 1896, in Galesburg, Illinois.
August married Augusta Olivia Brand (1870-1938) on 12 Sept. 1895, at Bishop Hill, Illinois. She was a daughter of Johan August Brand (1842-1926) and his wife Johanna Wilhelmina Lund (1846-1925) of Appuna Parish, Ostergotland, Sweden. Augusta had come to America with her sister and brother in 1889.
August and Augusta lived in Illinois until 1913, when they bought a large farm south of Kiester, Minnesota. They had seven children: Oliver August Matson (30 May 30 1897-30 Nov. 1985, m. Clara M. Johnson, d. Kiester, Minn.), Alice Althea Wilhelmina Matson (8 Aug. 1900-29 May 1984, m. Herbert H. G. Pankow, died in Faribault, Minn.), Grace Matilda Matson (24 March 1903-15 March 1978, m. Melvin A. Oppedahl, died Green Bay, Wisc.), Victor David Matson (20 Dec. 1905-6 April 1989, m. Martha A. Donhogh, d. in San Luis Obispo, California), Everett Oscar Matson (17 Oct. 1908-14 Feb. 1990, m. Stella T. Amossen, died in Washington State), Hilda Irene Matson (13 Aug. 1912-22 Aug. 1983, m. George W. Lubbess, died in Washington State) and Ruby Louise Matson (22 March 1914-2 June 2005, m. Frank Salt, then Walter J. Brooks, died in Tacoma, Washington).
August and Augusta built a large house on their farm in Minnesota. As they grew older and their children grew up, they built a smaller house, and gave the larger one to their daughter Grace. After his wife's death, August bought a house in town. He rebuilt this house so that it was quite modern. He intended to live there himself, but received a good offer and sold it. He secured a lot in the town of Kiester, Minnesota, upon which he built a house. He lived there in the summers while staying with his son Everett or daughter Ruby in either Seattle or Tacoma, Washington during the winters. He suffered a stroke and was partially paralyzed for the last three years of his life, most of which time he was with his daughter Alice Pankow in Faribault. He died there on April 28, 1950, and is buried beside his wife in Kiester.
In an essay he wrote in 1950, "The Most Interesting Person I Knew – My Grandfather," one of August's grandsons wrote, "He was well liked by everyone who knew him. Even though he had not lived in the town in which his funeral was held for a few years, nearly all those who knew him were at his funeral. I believe this helps to show the kind of person he was."
*note: The first paragraph above was based on information passed down throuth the family. Apparently, from the Swedish records, August was actually born 23 Feb. 1868 in Hjärsås, Kristianstads län (Skåne), Sweden, and named August (perhaps Gustav was his middle name?) He was a son of Magnus Nilsson (1812-1875) and his wife Marthena Gustavfa "Matilda" Wahlquist (1829-1908).
Magnus Nilsson (1812 - 1875)
Matilda Marthena Gustafva Nilsdotter (Wahlquist) Matson (Nelson) (1829 - 1908)
Augusta Olivia Brand Matson (1870 - 1938)*
Oliver August Matson (1897 - 1985)*
Alice Althea Wilhelmina Matson Pankow (1900 - 1984)*
Grace Matilda Matson Oppedahl (1903 - 1978)*
Victor David Matson (1905 - 1989)*
Everett Oscar Matson (1908 - 1990)*
Hilda Irene Matson Lubbess (1912 - 1983)*
Ruby Louise Matson Brooks (1914 - 2005)*
Created by: John Field Pankow
Record added: Dec 15, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 17037386
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Added: Oct. 7, 2015
You are loved, honored and remembered at Christmas, Sir, by your great grandson.|
John Field Pankow
Added: Dec. 25, 2011
You are loved, honored and remembered on your birthday, Sir, by a great grandson. While I never got the chance to know you, from all I've heard, you were the sort of person who made our country great.|
John Field Pankow
Added: Feb. 25, 2009
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