Julius Mattson

Mr. and Mrs. Julius Mattson

Julius Mattson came to Roseglen Township, in McLean County, North Dakota, in September of 1916. Prior to moving to Roseglen, he had lived in Winthrop, Minnesota. In 1917, he took a homestead north of where the Joe Bergan farm was in 1967, when the Golden Jubilee book was published. He and Clara Nelson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Nelson, were married on June 3, 1920. She had come to Roseglen as a small child with her mother, and other members of her family, from Herman, Minnesota. Her father had come in 1902 to file on a homestead.

Julius and Clara later moved to the Groshan land, which they bought and farmed from 1920 to 1929, when they sold out. Julius farmed entirely with horses, never using a tractor, and Clara did a lot of the work in the field, even driving the horses at times.

When they were first married, they lived in a two-room house, which was heated with a Monarch combination wood and coal stove. Their kerosene lamp served well until they finally switched to a gas lamp. Their one son, Robert, was born on their farm with ths assistance of Dr. Timm.

Julius Mattson was appointed rural mail carrier on August 9, 1926, a job that he kept for thirty years. Once, when he and Clara were delivering the mail, a blizzard struck, forcing them to seek shelter at Sam Hauben's home for the night, where they played whist until midnight, then slept on the floor. It took them two or three days to make that trip in their Model A Ford.

In the late 1930s, he bought a 1928 Model A Ford and made it into a snowmobile, with huge tires, that he used on his mail route. One day, Julius was talking to Ben Fines at his mail box, when Ben warned him that one day he would break his neck driving that snowmobile. Only a half mile later, Julius hit a pothole in the road, near the John Kerzman place, and his converted Model A rolled over and into a water-filled ditch, landing on its top. Looking out the window of his upside-down car, Julius could see letters floating all over the water. Lying on his back, he had to push the window out with his feet in order to get out. He walked back to the Kerzman farm, where he was given a dry set of clothing, then he returned to his rig and collected the soaked letters.

Clara often accompanied Julius on his mail route, helping to shovel snow, and even walked with the mail to many of the boxes when the car couldn't get through. While deliving mail, he was often invited in to people's houses for lunch and coffee along the way. He retired from his mail route on July 1, 1957.

He served during World War I for sixteen months, and has been Post Commander of the Gladwin L. Roberts American Legion Post, District Deputy and State Vice Commander of the American Legion.

He also served as director on the McLean Electric Co-op Board since August of 1945, when it was organized, a position he still held in 1967, when the Golden Jubilee book was published. He also served as director of Central Power Electric Co-op, beginning in 1949.

The Mattson's son, Robert, married the former Roseann Pierson of Makoti, North Dakota, after which they moved to Devils Lake.

In 1967, Mr. and Mrs. Mattson were still living in Roseglen, in a house that they had modernized, not only with electric lights, but electric heating as well. They spent some of their winters in Arizona.