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Matt Knutson

Judy Schultz (View posts)
Posted: 968068800000
Classification: Biography
Edited: 993311417000
Surnames: Knutson, Moen, Halverson, Lind
Source: History of Dunn County (1925), page 944

Matt Knutson, proprietor of the farm in Section 28, town of Wilson, that was established by his father some 44 years ago, was born in Fillmore County, Minnesota, Nov. 4, 1868, son of Jacob and Anna (Ingebretson) Knutson. The parents came from Ringbo, Norway, where Jacob Knutson had worked some five years and also for 11 seasons on log drives. It was in June, 1869, that he came with his family to this country settling in Fillmore County, Minnesota, where he bought a farm. There the family remained 12 years, or until 1881, when Jacob Knutson disposed of his farm and came to Dunn County, Wisconsin, making the journey with a wagon and team. He took the homestead in Section 28, town of Wilson, now owned by his son Matt, the land being then covered with brush. For a temporary shelter he put up a small shack and then went to work to build a substantial log house, hauling lumber and shingles from the Mooney Mill at Hillsdale, Barron County. To reach their place they had pick their way slowly through the brush and timber, as there was no road. The clearing of the place was
largely done by the son Matt, though Jacob Knutson did some of it. It was necessary, however, to earn some money and so the father worked at the mason's trade and also did hunting and trapping, as well as fishing at Turtle Lake, supplying Knapp, Stout & Co. Company with fish for their store.
The parents spent the rest of their lives on this farm, Jacob Knutson dying in 1897, and Mrs Anna Knutson in 1911. They were typical pioneers, hardy, industrious and patient, and respected by their neighbors. They had six children, three of whom died on shipboard on the voyage from Norway, and one in Minnesota, the two survivors being Matt and Carrie, the latter being the wife of Otto Moen of the town of Wilson. Matt Knutson was 13 years old when he accompanied his parents to Dunn County. He had attended school in Fillmore County, Minnesota, and did so for a while after coming to the town of Wilson, Dunn County. As a boy he became accustomed to farm work and later worked five winters in the woods in connection with the lumber
industry. In time he bought the home farm and has since continued to improve it. He has built a cement-block house, a good frame barn and sheds and has cleared and broken a considerable amount of land. He carries on
general farming and dairying, having 15 head of mixed grade cattle and also raising Poland-China hogs. As a pratical farmer and good citiizen, the son of pioneer parents, he is widely known as respected. Mr Knutson was married
on his parents' farm, on Dec. 22, 1888 to Anna Halverson, daughter of Halvor Hanson and wife, the latter's maiden name having been Anna Christopherson. Her parents, natives of Norway, were early settlers in the town of Wilson, where they took a homestead on which in time they passed away. They had seven children: Hans, Anna, Anton, Peter (first), Peter (second), Tillie and Christ. Tillie, who married Louis Lind of Albertville, Chippewa County, is now a widow. Mr and Mrs Matt Knutson are the parents of six children: Anton, Henry, Julius, Alfred, Clara, Mabel, the last mentioned residing on the home farm. Clara is the wife of Peter Matson of Chippewa Falls. When this country was engaged in the World War, Henry was inducted into the service of the second draft and assigned to the veterinary departement of the army. He trained at Camp Grant, Illinois and subsequently served one year in France, being discharged in 1919. Albert was also inducted into the service and went to Camp Grant, but was soon discharged on account of physical disability, having undergone an operation.

Re: Matt Knutson

Carol Hartung [Rini] (View posts)
Posted: 1040049590000
Classification: Query
Surnames: James, Tucker, Nix, McGhee, Freeman, Miller, Taylor, Harlan, Hartung, Anderson, Knutson
By any chance are one of the Matt and Anna's children have the middle or first name of John. I am looking for a John Knutson that married Clara Gravermoen?. According to the 1910 census Clara lived about three farms away from Matt's farm. She lived with her sister and her family the Aspens. Thank you for any information you can provide.

Re: Matt Knutson

Posted: 1040072839000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1056164621000
Surnames: Knutson, Chistleson, Lee, Shipley, Christopherson, Madsen, Sommerfeld
Hi Carol

Matt was my great grandfather, Matt and Anna had the following children: Anton (Tony) married Minda Chistleson, Henry married Anna Maria Lee, Julius married Edith Shipley, Alfred married Hilda Christopherson, Clara married Peter Madsen, and Mabel married Frank Sommerfeld.

If you have any further questions, feel free to ask.
Alan Knutson

Re: Matt Knutson

Posted: 1308242901000
Classification: Query
I am trying to track down Minda (Chistelson) Knutsons parentage. The last name possibly got mangled in the records. Do you have any information on Hans and Minda? I think Hans was married to my husbands ancestor Hannah and they had a son named Olaf. Trying to find out what year if possible he married Mindas mother and what her name was.
Diane Chestelson

Re: Matt Knutson

Posted: 1308245420000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Knutson, Chestelson, Tjostolvson, Johnson
Diane, Minda's obituary states that she was the daughter of Hans and Johanna (Johnson) Chestelson, I believe that the Chestelson represents the Norwegian Tjostolvson, when Minda was born her family lived in northern Grant township, east of the Red Cedar River. Also according to her obit she was baptised at the Running Valley Lutheran Church. So any further information might be found in the state census of 1895 or the church records.

Re: Matt Knutson

Posted: 1308258093000
Classification: Query
Thank you so much!

Re: Matt Knutson

Posted: 1308260043000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Knutson, Chestelson, Scheide, Knopps
Diane: Here is Carol Severson's transcription of Minda's obit from Dec 1980:

"Services for Minda O. Knutson, 87, Menomonie, will be held 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 18, at Our Saviors Lutheran Church, Menomonie. Mrs. Knutson died Dec. 15 (1980), at the American Lutheran Home, Menomonie.

Visitation for the family will begin 3 p.m. Dec. 17, and will be from 4-9 p.m. that same day for the public. Visitation Thursday is from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Rev. Norman Scheide will officiate. Burial is in the Hay River Lutheran Cemetery.

Mrs. Knutson was born in Grant, July 21, 1893, to Hans and Johanna (Johnson) Chestelson, and raised in the Wheeler area. She was baptized Sept. 3, 1893, at the Running Valley Lutheran Church, Colfax. She moved to Menomonie shortly after her marriage April 22, 1911, to Anton Knutson.

She is survived by a sister, Mrs. Arthur (Alba) Knopps, Menomonie, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Anton, three sisters and two brothers."

It is, I believe, from the "Dunn County News". She was my great aunt.

the obit is online at:
Posted: 1350184248000
Classification: Query
My husbands grandfather was Olaf Chestelson, Hans son. Alba was living with her older sister Mary, who married an Iverson. Six years later she had a baby boy, last name Iverson. Im trying to figure this all out. Anything you can do to fill in the blanks would be helpful. My husband has an uncle who still lives in Colfax. Melvin Chestelson. I have tracked down his sister Gladys daughter. Eliza (aka Celia is in an assisted living facility in WI, Alics died in 2007.
Posted: 1350965270000
Classification: Query
I am Glady's Greandaugther. I never meant her and justlearned she passed away in 1989.Have nothing other than birth,mariage, and death.Don't even know where she died at or how.Very sad like to know what came of her.
Posted: 1351046173000
Classification: Query
Hi again,
So whos daughter are you?? I have met Vicki, Leland passed in 2002. His daughter lives in Ohio.
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