|Birth: ||Jul. 2, 1855|
|Death: ||May, 1923|
Jacob was orphaned early in life. He had traveled with his sister for awhile. But he was taken on as a stable hand as a young boy, where he worked for his room and board until his adult life.
It was thought that Jacob took on the name of his benefactor.
Finland was like a feudal society until World War ll. Our family were peasants or serfs on a large estate.
Mr. Jacob Sakko came to the United States in 1891. At the Immigration Bureau, his last name was changed. His father's name being Matt, hence the new surname "Matt's son" into Matson.
There was an economic depression at this time and he was not able to send for his family until 1898 when he filed of a homestead in Brocket, Ramsey Co., ND. Their 6 daughters, born in Finland accompanied by their mother. The last 2 girls were born here. For eight years the family lived in Brocket, ND.
The homestead of 1898 in Brocket, was thought to have been lost to unpaid taxes. There were a lot of properties owned by immigrants that were picked up by the banks for the same cause. Marie thought that it was a misunderstanding on the part of Jacob of how the American system worked.
Meanwhile, Mrs. Matson's mother, Lisa Aho, came to the United States in 1903. She and her grand-daughter Miss Lizzie Matson filed on adjoining quarter sections in Lein Township, Burleigh Co., ND. Only 1 homestead was allowed by law per couple, and Jacob had used his up.
Jacob Sakko/Matson written by: Nancy Ann (Peterson) Hilliard
Maria Matson (1856 - 1928)*
Elizabeth Matson Bates (1879 - 1943)*
North Dakota, USA
Created by: Brian Backes
Record added: Nov 02, 2009
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