|Birth: ||Oct. 19, 1844|
|Death: ||Sep. 7, 1932|
1920 History of Northeast Indiana: LaGrange, Steuben, Noble, and DeKalb Counties
Lewis Matson, who spent his life in Northeastern Indiana, represents one of the pioneer families of DeKalb County, and his own active career has been spent chiefly in Steuben County, where for upwards of half a century he has been a practical and progressive farmer, and today owns one of the best farms in the vicinity of Pleasant Lake.
He was born in DeKalb County October 19, 1844, a grandson of Elijah Matson and a son of John Matson.
Lewis Matson grew up on the old homestead six miles south of Hamilton in DeKalb County, attended public schools and also had a year of instruction in Cornell College in Iowa. He was a teacher for two terms and in 1867 came to Steuben Township, locating at Pleasant Lake. On March 4, 1867 he married Miss Orcelia R. Clark, who was born in Steuben County March 1, 1845, a daughter of Dr. Alonzo P. and Betsey (Bump) Clark. The Clark family were pioneers of Steuben owned about 600 acres of land in Steuben Township.
After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Matson located on a part of the Clark homestead and after a few years he started the first hardware store in the Village of Pleasant Lake and continued the business for twelve years. He then took up general merchandising with the firm of Chadwick & Ransburg and was associated with those merchants for twelve years. He then resumed farming and has a place of 300 acres a mile north of Pleasant Lake and is successfully engaged in general crop raising and livestock. Mr. Matson has for twenty-five years been an active prohibitionist, and in early life was affiliated with the Republican Party. He was trustee of Steuben Township. Mr. Matson and his wife are Baptist and he has been affiliated with that church for forty years.
Mr. and Mrs. Matson had four children. Clark A.P. is an attorney in Chicago. James L., is connected with the shipping department of the Overland Automobile Works at Toledo. Mabel is the wife of Henry G. Brown of Lebanon, Indiana. The youngest is John O. Matson. The mother of these children died January 29, 1906. On August 12, 1906, Mr. Matson married Ada (Clark) Shackford, widow of Charles A. Shackford.
John A. Matson (1806 - 1876)
Margaret Waterman Matson (1812 - 1895)
Orcelia R. Clark Matson (1843 - 1906)*
Ada Josephine Clark Matson (1858 - 1926)*
Alonso P. Clark Matson (1868 - 1966)*
James Lewis Matson (1869 - 1939)*
John Omar Matson (1878 - 1942)*
Cordelia Mae Matson Taft (1834 - 1906)*
Alvin Matson (1838 - 1890)*
Chloe Matson Collin (1840 - 1905)*
James A. Matson (1842 - 1888)*
Lewis I. Matson (1844 - 1932)
Lydia Ann Matson Albrook (1847 - 1873)*
Willie Matson (1849 - 1851)*
George T. Matson (1851 - 1928)*
Created by: SLGMSD
Record added: Sep 01, 2007
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