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Mattson, Charles G. and Grace W. family papers

Identifier: S6069

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of photographs of a logger's homestead (1910-1911). The photographs are divided into subjects: women and children, recreation, equipment (log hauler), workers, and camp. There are two photographs of Charles Mattson, two of Skibo Minnesota, and two of the Flynn dam. Several of the photographs show Arthur Young, Roland Wolfe, Mr. O’Mally, and Mr. Mahoney; men who may have been in charge of the camps. For further information see inventory and letters from the Wimett family.


  • 1910-1911


Conditions Governing Access

Open for use in the Kathryn A. Martin Library, Archives and Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection may be protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law.

Biographical / Historical

Little is known about Charles G. Mattson. He was a logger within St. Louis County and a member of the AAD Temple Shrine in Duluth. He moved to Montana.

Charles worked at a logging camp near Skibo Minnesota. Skibo was a station of the Duluth & Iron Range Railway at its crossing of the St. Louis River. It was named for Skibo Castle, the summer home of Andrew Carnegie located on the north shore of Darnoch Firth in the northern part of Scotland. Identified photographs are of camps 4, 11 and 12. Seven Beaver Lake or Devil Fish Lake at T 58 R 12 is the principal lake at the head of the St. Louis River. According to Warren Up ham, it was named by the Ojibwe for beavers trapped or shot there.

Received from Swanda Wimett, June 4, 2004: Charles G. Mattson was born on December 12, 1882 in Finland. He died June 24, 1963 in Missoula, Mt. He left Finland at 9 years of age with a stepmother. The father preceded the family to???- I don't know where yet.  Charles married Grace W. Symington, born August 7, 1877 or 1878 in Fremont, Michigan. She died March 20, 1955 in Missoula, Mt. I do not know their wedding date yet. Grace's parents were John Symington and Anna (Skinner) Symington. Anna was born on October 17, 1853 and died November 18, 1940. I spoke with Mr. Mattson's daughter, and while she was not too helpful she did say that Charles was the bookkeeper for the logging company, and that her mother also worked there. It is not clear if "there" was at the logging camp or in a general store. There is a picture of her at a store and probably working. She worked before she had her first child, Marie Ruth who was born April 8, 1912 in Skibo, Minnesota. From a diary in Charles's handwriting, they were one of the last -"Albert Erickson with his section crew came after us. We were the last people to leave Skibo. Skibo Timber Co. had finished their operations of logging and sawing lumber. The houses and mills were all torn down". They were on their way to Duluth to catch a train for Montana. "October 22, 1914 at 1 o'clock P.M." They were going to Camas but ended up owning an apple orchard in the Bitterroot Valley. I hope you can make heads or tails of this, if you know what I mean. Until I have more-Swanda Wimett


88.00 Photographic Prints

Language of Materials



The collection consists of photographs of a logger's homestead (1910-1911). The photographs are divided into subjects: women and children, recreation, equipment (log hauler), workers, and camp.

Physical Location

This collection is located at the University of Minnesota Duluth Archives. For more information about this collection or to make an appointment, contact us at or 218-726-8526.


This collection is part of the Northeast Minnesota Historical Collections, which are housed in the University of Minnesota Duluth Archives at the Kathryn A. Martin Library.

Guide to the Mattson, Charles G. and Grace W. family papers
Finding Aid Authors: D. DeSmet, P. Maus.
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Collecting Area Details

Contact The University of Minnesota Duluth Archives and Special Collections Collecting Area

Kathryn A. Martin Library
University of Minnesota Duluth
416 Library Drive
Duluth MN 55812-3001
(218) 726-8526