Mattsons Honored for Century Farm

By

Margie Holmgren
Kittson County Enterprise
31 July 1996

Earl Mattson, thanks to his wife, Lynn, received CenturyFarm recognition at the Kittson County Fair this year. Mattson's farm, nearKennedy, has been in the family for 100 years.

Lynn took it upon herself to finish the paperwork thathad been started by Glen, Earl's father, before he died.

Lynn knew how important the farm was to Glen and how proudhe was that it had been in the family for so many years.

The farm, which started out as a quarter of land - 160acres, cost Earl's great-grandfather, Martin, $7.68.

Martin came to Kennedy at the age of 12 and worked forthe Fort Farm in Skane Township.

One year later, in 1881, his parents, Magnus and Ingrid;his brother, August; and sisters, Carrie and Betsie, moved to Kennedy aswell.

Martin farmed with his father, who lived in Svea Townshipon the present Ronald Larson farm.

The land Martin purchased and homesteaded in 1896 was adjoininghis father's. That same year, Martin married Charlotta Nyberg and they hadthree sons, Elof, Lenus and Arnold.

Martin farmed until 1921 when he moved into Kennedy andleft the farm to Elof. Since times were tough, Martin was forced to returnto farming. He died in 1955.

Elof stayed on the farm and in 1925 was married to EstherStromgren. They had one son, Glen.

Glen took over the farm in 1961, where he and his wife,Verna Pready, continued to farm. Like his father and grandfather, Glen,had the help of his two children, Earl and Kay, along with his wife on thefarm.

For Glen, farming was as much recreation as vocation, heenjoyed his work immensely. He was usually satisfied with a piece of equipmentas long as it worked, he didn't need the newest or the best.

Lynn recalls talking to Glen about his proudest momentsin farming.

"When he bought his 'little toys,' that's what hecalled his tractors or trucks, that was what he was proud of' Lynn said.

Earl said he remembers his father being proud of the factthat he could pay cash for his equipment, like the bigger farmers.

The farm now consists of about 240 acres, but its valuehas more than just a dollar amount to it.

It's the farm that was built out of many years of hardwork by Martin, Glen, and now, Earl. Hard work, not just by the men in thefamily, instead it has involved every family member.

Earl works for Harvey Blomquist, a farmer near Kennedy,so has to find extra time and help to work his own land.

"It gets to be a lot of work when I work at Harvey'sand then come home and work my own farm," Earl commented.

Earl recruits the help of his wife, his sister, Kay; andhis step-mother, Lue. "Everybody helps me out," he says.

"It's one of the smaller farms around," Earlsays, but the size isn't the issue. It's the value of the time and effortspent by the Mattson families through the years.

A hundred years after buying a piece of land for $7.68,the Mattson farm has grown to be more than just a dollar amount, it is aninvestment in the Mattson family heritage.

 nt in the Mattson family heritage.