[From "The History of Frances Amelia Adsit (Frances A. Brooks)," by Jan Patrick Mongoven in 2011.]
Martha (Mattie) Brooks was born April 4, 1858, at Neenah, north of Oshkosh. On September 20, 1882, she married New York-born David Mortimer King, the son of English immigrants. They spent their first years at City Point, Jackson County, Wisconsin. Two daughters were born there: Erna May and Vera Nell. Like her older sister, Evelyn Frances, Mattie never joined her parents and siblings when they left for Dakota Territory in 1884. Instead, she spent the remainder of her life in Minnesota.
When the 1900 census was written, the Kings had established their permanent home at Marshall in Lyon County, Minnesota. Mattie was a homemaker, while Vera and Erna attended school. David was employed as a railroad station and freight agent at Marshall for years. The girls were with their parents when the 1910 census was taken, but were out of the King home when the 1920 census enumerator arrived at the door. By 1930, David was retired and lived with Mattie in their home at 205 Emery Street in Marshall.
The Kings were members of the Congregational Church. Mattie was very active in the Aid and Missionary Societies, as well as the Eastern Star and Current News Club in Marshall. She also belonged to the T.T.L. Birthday Club and was a charter member of the Grandmothers Club and Past Matrons Club. Her daughters, of course, had lives of their own. Vera King married bank cashier Theodor H. Steffen and lived at Wilton, North Dakota. She died in Chatham, New Jersey, in 1970. Erna Mae King never married and was a school teacher for many years at Spokane, Washington, where she died in 1956.
During the final two years of her life, Mattie (Brooks) King suffered from a degenerative kidney disorder for which she was treated by F.D. Gray, the doctor at Marshall. She died in her home at age 76 on August 16, 1934, and was buried at Marshall. David died five years later, on July 26, 1939, in Ramsey County, Minnesota. He was 81.
David Mortimer King
1857–1939 (m. 1882)
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