Jennie Matteson: Birth: 1865. Death: 1880
Note: Hiram and Josephine lived in Clayton, NY for a year where Mr. Matteson worked in the ship yard. Their first son was born, Burton James Matteson July 3, 1862, in Clayton, NY. Josephine taught school on Grindstone Island, NY. In the summer of 1863, they went in a sailing vessel to Chicago, IL and located on a farm about five miles from Chicago. They worked the farm and raised fine horses. As the horses were quite valuable in those days, Mr. Matteson traded a horse for 80 acres of land on which he later discovered a coal mine. He sunk a shaft and with the use of a horse dug the coal out in buckets. At the time the railroads were not built through that section and marketing of the coal was difficult. Because of this he sold the Matteson Coal Mine for a $1,000.00. Some years later the owner sold the mine to the Vermillien Coal Company for $1,000,000.00. The mine, in the year 1927, was still being worked and proved to be one of the richest in the state. The village of Matteson, IL was named after Hiram Hall Matteson. Hiram and family lived in Illinois for twenty five years and then moved to Doland, SD, the new country to the west. It was here that many of the people from Watertown, NY and the north country settled. After Hiram's death, Josephine returned east to Clayton, NY where she met and later married Peter Mayer in February, 1905.
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