Isaac A. Matteson
(1819 - 1899)
From: Portrait and biographical album of Lee County, Iowa
Chapman brothers, 1887
By Chapman Brothers
Submitted by Christopher Congdon
ISAAC A MATTESON one of the early settlers of Lee County came to this vicinity in the spring of 1854 and has been a resident of the county since over thirty years. During this lapse of years he has been an interested witness in the rapid growth and prosperity of the Hawkeye State at which he has rejoiced in common with the balance of those who have assisted in bringing this section to its present condition. He is the owner of a fine farm estate including 180 acres of valuable land in Green Bay Township finely located on section 4 and is now living in the enjoyment of the good things of life earned by the exercise of industry and a judicious investment and disbursement of funds.
Mr. Matteson is a native of Greenwich RI and was born April 14 1819. His parents Greene and Sallie Fowler Matteson natives of same State where they were married settled spent their entire lives. Greene Matteson was farmer by occupation and the parental family consisted of eleven children, three sons and eight daughters.
Isaac A Matteson of our sketch was the fourth child of his parents family and as soon as reached suitable years he was employed in the cotton and woolen factory of his native town and remained there until he was twenty six years. He then changed his occupation and engaged carpenter work and as a machinist for years. He finally became foreman as a builder railroad bridges which he followed until the of 1853 when he started westward to Chicago, Ill. and was engaged one year at that point in the construction of railroad bridges. The following spring, he crossed the Mississippi and purchased the farm in this county which constitutes his present homestead. Upon this he has remained since that time with the exception of three years passed in Ft Madison. His first purchase comprised 230 acres a part of which he has since disposed of.
Mr. Matteson was married in Smithfield RI May 20 1840 to Miss Joan daughter of Benjamin and Isabella (Randall) Gage, natives of Massachusetts and Rhode Island respectively. Mr. Gage a painter by occupation and the family included large number of children. Mrs. Matteson was born in Cranston RI Oct 22 1818 and has become the mother of a son Eugene L who is married and resides in Green Bay Township. His wife was Miss Eliza Speaks of Green Bay Township and they have a son and daughter who were born in Green Bay Township.
Mr. M of our sketch is a member of the Board of Supervisors of Lee County to which he was appointed in the fall of 1883 and was thereafter elected for three years. He has also served as Justice of the Peace for many years and has held the other minor offices of his township. Politically, he affiliates with the Democratic party and takes an active and intelligent interest in everything pertaining to the welfare of his township and county.
Isaac A. Matteson is buried in Terney Cemetery located in Green Bay Township, Lee County, Iowa
See also Eugene La Barron Matteson (1847 - 1911)
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