Dick’s ancestors came from Dalarna, Sweden in the 1850s and settled in Marysville Township, between Buffalo and Waverly. The Mattsons were involved in the formation of the Swedesburg congregation and the construction of the church.
Dick was born in the family home, right across the field from the Marysville Church. He met Renée in 1951 and they were married in 1953. Their grown children are Scott, Jeffery (& Christine), and Lisa (& Donald Mills). Their second son, Todd, passed away at 3 years of age.
The Mattson family farmed and did a variety of custom work. Dick’s father, Clinton, started the Mattson Bus Company in 1940, serving the Buffalo schools, and charter business. Dick worked as a bus mechanic and later his sons worked alongside him. He enjoyed using the buses to bring people in from Camp Courage to the Buffalo Rodeo. Dick managed the company from the time his father passed away in 1971 until the company closed in 1987.
From that time on I was a shift manager at Holiday Store in Rockford, and then ran for County Commissioner and did that work for twenty years.
Dick has recently started working at Wal-Mart in Buffalo. He enjoys holidays with family, baseball, collecting long playing records, and bowling.
We traveled all over the country and I bowled with my sons. We won the class AA men’s championship in Minnesota, and in 2006 I was inducted into the Minnesota Men’s Bowling Hall of Fame, what a great honor for me and Renée and my family.
Dick was baptized at Marysville, and became a member of Zion when the congregation disbanded and joined Zion in 1950.
My father Clinton and mother Alice always directed us in the right direction. When Renée and I were first married, K. Alvar Pearson was a great help in our life, as was Pastor Cornell. Pastor Ted and Pastor Luke make you feel at home in our church and are easy to talk to and listen to.
Dick’s favorite Bible verse is Matthew 28:19-20:
Go ye therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I commanded you and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.
I always felt all of the people on earth needed God’s help.
Dick has served at both Marysville and Zion. He has been instrumental in the preservation of the Marysville building and has served on Zion’s council.
He has many memories from worship at Marysville.
The church had a wood furnace in the basement and in the cold weather we would all gather as close to the heat grate as you could.
Ushers would gather the offering using a long pole with a sack on the end and if someone did not put anything in the usher would shake the bag until they put something in.
When my father and mother got married, it was still traditional for women to sit on one side and the men on the other side. That all ended after they married, my mother sat by my father, and then everyone moved and sat together.
Dick still helps take care of the Marysville building, and serves as host and usher for Monday night worship services at Marysville during the summer.
He enjoys meeting worshipers and sharing Marysville’s Swedish heritage and the strength of the Swedish immigrants who provided us with such a beautiful place to worship.