Knute Robert Matson

16 February 1884–20 April 1945 (Age 61)
Uppsala, Uppsala, Sweden

The Life of Knute Robert

When Knute Robert Matson was born on 16 February 1884, in Uppsala, Uppsala, Sweden, his father, Johan Mathiasson, was 46 and his mother, Christina Sophia Abrahamsdotter, was 42. He married Bertha Ann Cowel on 11 November 1903, in Idaho Falls, Bonneville, Idaho, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons. He lived in Pocatello, Bannock, Idaho, United States for about 10 years and Oakland, Alameda, California, United States in 1930. He died on 20 April 1945, in Alameda, California, United States, at the age of 61, and was buried in Oakland, Alameda, California, United States.

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Knute Robert Matson
Bertha Ann Cowel
Marriage: 11 November 1903
William Robert Matson
Gary James "Everett" Matson

Spouse and Children

11 November 1903
Idaho Falls, Bonneville, Idaho, United States


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World Events (8)


Age 2

Statue of Liberty is dedicated.
1891 · Angel Island Serves as Quarantine Station

Age 7

Angel Island served as a quarantine station for those diagnosed with bubonic plague beginning in 1891. A quarantine station was built on the island which was funded by the federal government at the cost of $98,000. The disease spread to port cities around the world, including the San Francisco Bay Area, during the third bubonic plague pandemic, which lasted through 1909.
1901 · Assassination of Mckinley

Age 17

President William McKinley was shot at the Temple of Music, in the Pan-American Exposition, while shaking hands with the public. Leon Czolgosz shot him twice in the abdomen because he thought it was his duty to do so. McKinley died after eight days of watch and care. He was the third American president to be assassinated. After his death, Congress passed legislation to officially make the Secret Service and gave them responsibility for protecting the President at all times.

Name Meaning

English, Dutch, and Swedish: patronymic from a short form of English Matthew or Dutch and Swedish Mathias.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Robert Matson in household of Ralph Anderson, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Robert Matson in household of Raymond Raasch, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Robert K Matson in household of George W Smith, "United States Census, 1910"

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