Matthew, Scott E.
B: 09 Mar 1914, Crookston, Minnesota
D: 19 Apr 1998, Kittson County Memorial Health Care Center, Hallock, MN
M: 30 Jun 1940, Florence Simone Yvette Gauthier
FN: Lewis Elmer Matthew
MN: Charlotte C. Lindell
Children of Scott Matthew and Florence Gauthier:
1. Jon Scott Matthew
M: Deb, Westfield, Wisconsin
2. Ronald Matthew
M: Debbie, Sullivan, Illinois
3. Daryl Matthew
M: Viki, Fergus Falls, MN
4. George Matthew
M: Dianne or Diana, Lancaster, MN
5. Jeanine Matthew
M: Jim Blomdahl, Mora
6. Daniel Matthew
7. Mary Matthew
M: Bruce Mortenson, Kennedy, MN
8. Donald Matthew, Fergus Falls, MN
9. Philip Matthew
M: Tracey or Leesa, Minnetonka, MN
10. Michael Matthew
M: Elaine, Independence, MO
11. Elaine Matthew
12. David Matthew
The following is the Scott Matthew report to the Kittson County Historical Society:
This large family lived mostly in Prince Edward Island. Some of them moved to Northwestern Minnesota where the present descendants included Diamonds, Bowmans, Stewarts, Clows, Halbergs, Gills, Wilkies, and Sylvesters.
As a young man George Matthew went to Boston from Prince Edward Island and became a wheelwright. There he married Anna Jane Scott and for a few years they lived in this city of ships and trade. They decided to move to Northern Minnesota and take out a homestead.
They received their homestead grant and moved onto their land at the newly sprouting town of Humboldt. The year was 1879. George was 21 and Anna Jane was 22. They gradually accumulated land until the farm totaled 3,000 acres. George operated a general store in Orleans in addition to the farm. He also owned the store in Humboldt, which was operated by August Anderson.
On my Mother's side - her Father and Mother Lindell came from Sweden. They were both born in 1858 and came to Minnesota together with Charles Lindberg's parents, as they were friends and neighbors in Sweden and planned their new venture together settllng in Litchfield. The parents names were Nels and Emily Lindberg.
Celia and Charles Lindell heard of opportunities in Crookston and moved there where he was in the mercantile business. He was a tailor by trade.
Mother was born in 1889 and now resides in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. She comes to Humboldt every summer and lives in her old house for about a month. My Mother was teaching school at Humboldt when she met my Father. They were married in 1911. Her sister, Sally, married my Father's brother, Reuben, in 1910 and moved to Medford, Oregon.
I have two brothers and four sisters: Warren, in Santa Barbara, Calif.; Helen in Ft. Wayne, Ind.; Jane in Oxford, Ohio; Ruth in Seattle, Wa.; Marylou in Ft. Wayne, Ind.; and Charles in St. Paul, Mn.
We were all raised on the farm at Humboldt and helped with the work when we were old enough. We kept 45 head of draft horses and ran three tractors. During the depression, due to President Hoover's do-nothing policy, we joined thousands of others and lost most of the land for non-payment of taxes. We managed to keep three quarters out of the hands of the tax collector, which is still in the family.
In 1941, my brother, Warren, enlisted in the Navy Air Force and attained the rank of Lt. Commander. He flew two and four engined patrol bombers and won the Distinguished Flying Cross for his part in the Battle of the Coral Sea. I enlisted in the Navy and served aboard ship as a navigator.
I married Florence Simone Yvette Gauthier of St. Jean Baptiste, Manitoba on June 30, 1940. Her father came from Quebec and as a young boy his family moved to Connecticut. A few Years later they moved back to Quebec and then on to Manitoba where they homesteaded on the banks of the Red River. Her Mother was a Belrive from St. Elizabeth.
Our living children number ten with the loss of an infant girl and the drowning of our little David in 1971 at the age of nine. The oldest is Jon Scott, then Ronald, Daryl, George, Jeanniene, Danny, Mary, Donald, Philip and little Mike the Tyke.
With any reasonable amount of luck, the Matthew family should survive for a few generations. No doubt, the man with the scythe will keep up his never ending chopping and where he chops no one knows. He cannot be deterred or distracted and does not respect wealth or creed. He cannot be bargained with or caught unguarded, but I hope he overlooks my friends and relatives.
Signed-- Scott Matthew
Scott was one of the legends of baseball in the Northern Red River Valley. His name appeared in many articles and places associated with the game. He was one of the finest pitchers of the area for many years.
Kittson County Enterprise Obituary, April 29, 1998
Scott E. Matthew, 84, Kennedy died at the Kittson County Memorial Healthcare Center in Hallock, Sunday, April 19, 1998.
He was born at Crookston March 9, 1914 the son of Lewis and Charlotte (Lindell) Matthew. Scott grew up on the family farm at Humboldt and graduated from high school there in 1932.
He attended Moorhead State Teachers College from 1934 until 1936 when he began teaching at Caribou. In 1937 he passed the railroad agent's examination and began working briefly at Argyle and later Kennedy.
He worked as a relief agent in the area before being permanently assigned to the depot in Pleasant Lake, N.D. Scott bid on other agent assignments and worked at numerous depots, including Northcote, Kennedy, and lastly Hallock, where he retired in 1977.
On June 30, 1940 he was united in marriage to Florence Gauthier at St. Jean, Manitoba, Canada. In addition to working for the railroad he also helped farm his parents land near Humboldt with his brother, Charles. Scott was a veteran of WWII and served with the U.S. Navy from Nov. 22, 1943 until Dec. 27, 1945. He was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, the Kennedy VFW Post 3828 and the Lake Bronson - Halma American Legion Post.
Family members include his wife, Florence; two daughters, Mary (Bruce) Mortenson, Kennedy; Jeannine (Jim) Blomdahl, Mora; seven sons, Jon (Deb), Westfield, Wisc.; Ron (Debbie), Sullivan, Ill.; Daryl (Viki), Fergus Falls; George (Diana) Lancaster; Phil (Leesa), Minnetonka; Mike (Elaine), Independence, Mo. and Don, Fergus Falls; 18 grandchildren; two great grandchildren; a brother, Charles, Mendota Heights; and three sisters, Ruth Pederson, Seattle, Wash.; Jane Hayes, Oxford, Ohio and Mary Lou Klooze, Angola, Ind.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three children, Daniel, David and Elaine; a brother, Warren and a sister, Helen.
Funeral services were Wednesday, April 22, 1998, 11 a.m. in St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Hallock. Internment was in Greenwood Cemetery at Hallock. Rev. Timothy Noah, presiding.
Special music provided by Sharlene Klegstad and Patti Swanson.
Hughes Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.