Johan Mattson - Autobiography, 1820-1954  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Mattson, Johan
Johan Mattson - Autobiography
1820-1954 (inclusive)
1 file (1 folder), ( )  :   ; 
Collection Number
OPVSIEmss_14 (collection)
History of the Mattson Family from Orkdalen, Norway
Pacific Lutheran University, Archives and Special Collections
Archives and Special Collections
Pacific Lutheran University
12180 Park Avenue South
Tacoma, Washington
Telephone: 253-535-7586
Fax: 253-535-7315
Access Restrictions

The autobiography is available for research.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Johan Mattson’s parents were from Orkdalen, Norway. His father, Martinus Olson, born 1820, was a shoemaker. His mother was Martha J. Fritzner, born 1826. They had ten children, three of whom died in their childhood. They also raised a homeless girl who later immigrated to Seattle, Washington. Three children immigrated to America: Otto in 1887, Johan in 1888, and Ole in 1889. Johan’s father died in 1902 at age eighty-two and his mother in 1918 at age ninety-two. Johan was born 30 September 1867 in Hevne, Norway. He passed away in 1962 at age ninety-four. In Norway he was hired out as a young boy to work on a neighbor’s farm in order to earn money for the family. He immigrated to America in 1888 and attended Augsburg College and Seminary from 1890 to 1898 and was ordained. He served pastorates throughout Minnesota. He was Secretary of the Lutheran Board of Missions of the Lutheran Free Church from 1919 to 1933 in Minneapolis. From 1933 to 1942, when he retired from active service, he was Rector of the Martha-Mary Children’s Home and the Ebenezer Old People’s Home in Poulsbo, Washington. He lived in Seattle, Washington, from 1942 to 1951, continuing his association with these homes on a part-time basis. In 1952 he returned to Minneapolis and resided at the Ebenezer Home until his death. He also served as president of the Lutheran Free Church in 1914 to 1916 and from 1918 to 1920. He was also president of the Board of Organizations of the Church and president of Bethesda Homes at Wilmar. His work took him to tour the mission fields in China. He also was editor of several church papers, mostly in the Norwegian language. Johan married Minnie and they had three daughters, two sons, five grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection consists of a document written by Johan Mattson in 1951 and translated between 1953-54 and is his autobiography and biographical sketch of his parents and birthplace.

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Restrictions on Use

Property rights reside with Archives and Special Collections Department at Pacific Lutheran University. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish or quote from (the collection) must be submitted to the University Archivist. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation

Johan Mattson and Family, The Scandinavian Immigrant Experience, OPVSIEmss_14, Archives and Special Collections, Pacific Lutheran University, 12180 Park Avenue South, Tacoma, WA 98447

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Norway--Emigration and immigration.
  • Family histories
  • Norwegian Americans
  • Personal Names :
  • Mattson, Johan--Archives
  • Sødal, Henrik
  • Corporate Names :
  • Ebenezer Home (Poulsbo, Wash.)
  • Lutheran Board of Missions
  • Lutheran Free Church
  • Martha-Mary Children’s Home
  • Family Names :
  • Mattson Family
  • Geographical Names :
  • Brainord (Minn.)
  • Christine (N.D.)
  • Duluth (Minn.)
  • Eau Claire (Wis.)
  • Hevne (Norway)
  • Orkedalen (Norway)
  • Seattle (Wash.)
  • Averøia (Norway)
  • Kristiansund (Norway)
  • Minneapolis (Minn.)
  • Poulsbo (Wash.)
  • Trondheim (Norway)
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Autobiography
  • Reminiscences
  • Occupations :
  • Clergy
  • Titles within the Collection :
  • Biographical Sketch by Johan Mattson