This collection contains the papers of Matt E. Mason (born 1849)
chronicling his activity in manufacturing between 1874 and 1919
in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and North Dakota. Includes diaries and account books
kept between 1874-1882
with entries describing his day-to-day activities and include an account of his search for
better employment opportunities, the type of weather conditions he encountered,
shopping, news of friends, and his expenditures.
Matt E. Mason (born 1849) was the son of Norwegian immigrants, Edward and Catherine Mason who moved
to the United States in 1849. According to U.S. census records, Matt was born in April of 1849
in Chicago, Illinois. He was the eldest of five children. He had three brothers and one sister:
Oscar, Simon, Henry, and Mary. Soon after Matt’s birth, the family moved to Leroy, Wisconsin.
78 items in 2 boxes plus one rolled
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