Martha Joyce Wild

Martha Joyce Wild

Female 1929 - 2004  (75 years)

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  • Name Martha Joyce Wild 
    Nickname Joyce 
    Born 30 Mar 1929  Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Resided 1930  Langdon, Cavalier, North Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Grew up on a farm near Langdon, North Dakota 
    Attended school 1942  St. Alphonsus School, Langdon, North Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Attended school 1946  College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Graduated from St. Benedict's College in 1950 with a bachelor's degree in history 
    Resided 1953  1230 N. Quinn Street, Arlington, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Resided 1955  Buckingham, Arlington, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Resided 1958  7417 Add Drive, Falls Church, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Resided 1961  1115 Main Street, Webster, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Resided 1963  7417 Add Drive, Falls Church, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Resided 2000  6577 Bullen Bluff Terrace, Gainesville, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 2004  Quantico National Cemetery, Triangle, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 27 Nov 2004  6577 Bullen Bluff Terrace, Gainesville, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I3  Default
    Last Modified 2 Jun 2012 

    Father Edward George Wild,   b. 24 Aug 1892, Osnabrock, Cavalier, North Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 May 1980, Crookston, Polk, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Mother Dorothy Ann Daggett,   b. 21 Jul 1900, Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Nov 1964, Valley City, Barnes, North Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years) 
    Married 18 Nov 1922  Church of the Incarnation, Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • ed note: At some point (1980's?), Joyce Wild Mattson asked her brothers and sisters to record what they remembered. These notes were found as several pieces of paper clipped together. Only David's note is signed. Fortunately, David's note also explained what all of these pieces of paper were about. Here are the contents of those notes.

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      30's dust bowl
      car - running board, windshield opening
      bathroom; batteries, power plant in basement
      one room school; consolidated school

      'Sudden death awakens the living. It awakens us to realize if we are going to have good times with our families we must have them now. It awakens us to realize that if we are going to visit friends and relatives we must do it now. It awakens us to realize that if we are going to prepare ourselves for death we must do it now.'

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      15 sandwiches every school morning
      watching and performing in community clubs
      Canning of meat, vegetables and fruit
      shelling peas
      13 mi to Langdon - in winter 3 hr each way
      Cat's cradle
      The wind
      Mother's hay fever - going to Mpls each year for relief and Jim Wild reversing
      Her mask
      Oct. 9 - 'cobwebs' - Indian summer
      Homemakers - 4-H
      County fair
      Colds - goose grease, flannel on chest
      School miles - 17 mi a day, 300+ a mo

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      As the grain on the Peter Wild farm was harvested, it was stored in the elevator at the farm. A winter task was to move the grain to the family-owned elevator in Easby, about seven miles to the north, where the grain could then be loaded on railroad box cars. Dad was one of the grain haulers for a number of years. Using a large box, called a grain tank, mounted on a bob-sled and pulled by farm horses, he would make two trips each day to the elevator in Easby. The grain tank probably held 60 to 70 bushels of wheat or barley. When a North Dakota blizzard struck, Dad would stay at the 'hotel' in Easby, putting the horses up at the 'livery stable'. Easby, which at one time had a bank and several general stores, had essentially ceased to exist by the 1930's.

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      Tracing the outline of our foot to send to Wards or Sears to order shoes

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      Joyce -- Sorry I didn't respond to your request the first time around - just forgot. I think it's a good idea and I hope you do better this time.

      Rather than begin with "what I remember" I would like to turn it around and reflect on "what I don't remember" because I think it says a lot about the character of Mother and Dad. I'm thinking particularly about the mid-30's when I was 8 to 10 years old. Looking back on those years I'm becoming more aware of how tough it was - no crops, no money, extremely hot in the summer and cold in the winter. What I don't remember is ever hearing Mother and Dad expressing discouragement or hopelessness or self-pity. As kids we didn't know how bad it was, and they didn't complain even thought it must have been very discouraging. Tomorrow would be better. Don't give up.

      Our house was comparatively large and as kids the many rooms all seemed spacious. But each room shrunk dramatically in size by the time we returned home from college. It's hard to imagine how the kitchen, for example, prepared so many meals, baked so much bread (from scratch), canned so many vegetables, etc, etc. And all done with very limited cupboard space. Equally amazing things happened in the dining room and living room and all the other rooms - they sure got smaller as the house got older. Dave
    Photos
    Ted and Billie Wild house being built, about 1924
    Ted and Billie Wild house being built, about 1924
    Ted and Billie Wild house 1925
    Ted and Billie Wild house 1925
    Catherine Fahnlander Wild on front steps with unknown man; grandson Ted Wild Jr. is at the side of the house; Ted Wild's first car in front
    Ted and Billie Wild farm, about 1955
    Ted and Billie Wild farm, about 1955
    Family ID F25  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Melvin Earl Mattson,   b. 06 Aug 1926, 87 Church Street, Gardner, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Sep 2010, 6577 Bullen Bluff Terrace, Gainesville, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Married 26 Jan 1952  Church of the Nativity, Washington DC, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Martha Joyce Wild to Wed M. Mattson January 26

      Mr. and Mrs. Edward G. Wild of Osnabrock announce the engagement of their daughter, Martha Joyce, to Melvin Earl Mattson of Washington, D.C. Miss Wild has set January 26 as the date of her wedding which will take place in Washington.

      The bride-to-be graduated in 1950 from St. Benedict's college at St. Joseph, Minn., and has been employed at the National Catholic Welfare conference in Washington. Mr. Mattson is the son of Mrs. Amanda Mattson of Gardner, Mass., and is now attending the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown university in Washington, D.C.

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      Martha J. Wild of Osnabrock To Wed Jan. 26

      Mr. and Mrs. Edward G. Wild of Osnabrock announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Martha Joyce, to Melvin Earl Mattson, son of Mrs. Amanda Mattson of Gardner, Mass.

      Miss Wild is a graduate of St. Benedict's college at St. Joseph, Minn. and has been employed with the National Catholic Welfare conference in Washington, D.C.

      Mr. Mattson is a lieutenant (junior grade) in the naval reserve. At present he is attending the school of foreign service at Georgetown university in Washington.

      The wedding is set for January 26 in the Church of the Nativity in Washington.

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      Martha Joyce Wild Marries in East

      Martha Joyce Wild, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E.G. Wild of Osnabrock, became the bride of Melvin Earl Mattson of Washington, D.C., Jan. 26 in the Church of Nativity in Washington. Rev. Sylvester M. Hoffman officiated with Richard Sinner of Casselton, a cousin of the bride and a theological student, assisting.

      Given in marriage by her brother, Ensign Robert W. Wild, the bride wore a white ballerina length lace dress and carried a bouquet of white camellias. Dorothy Wild of Osnabrock, the bride's sister, was her only attendant and wore pink taffeta. Richard S. Henderson attended the bridegroom.

      A reception at the bridegroom's home followed the ceremony. After a short trip, Mr. and Mrs. Mattson are at home in Arlington, Va.

      The bride is a graduate of St. Benedict's College in St. Joseph, Minn., and has been employed at the National Catholic Welfare Conference in Washington. Mr. Mattson is a graduate of the Merchant Marine academy in Kingspoint, N.Y., and is employed by the Navy Department. He also is attending the school of foreign service at Georgetown University.

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      Martha Wild Engaged to Melvin Earl Mattson

      Mr. and Mrs. Edward G. Wild announce the approaching marriage of their daughter Martha Joyce, Washington, to Melvin Earl Mattson, son of Mrs. Amanda Mattson, Gardner, Mass.

      Miss Wild is a graduate of St. Benedict college, St. Joseph, Minn., and Mr. Mattson is a lieutenant jg. in the United States naval reserve. He served in Europe and the Mediterranean area in World War II. He is now attending Georgetown university, Washington.

      The wedding is planned for Jan. 26 in the Church of the Nativity, Washington.

      Miss Wild is a niece of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Daggett, 2143 Highland parkway, St. Paul; Dr. and Mrs. R.E. Wild, 1759 Ames place, St. Paul, and Mrs. F.H. Riley, Hampshire Arms hotel.

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      Joyce Wild and Earl Mattson Marry in Nation's Capital

      Martha Joyce Wild, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E.G. Wild of Osnabrock exchanged her nuptial vows Saturday, January 26 with Melvin Earl Mattson of Washington, D.C., in the Church of Nativity in Washington, D.C.

      The 3 p.m. single ring ceremony was solemnized by Father Sylvester M. Hoffman at a nuptial mass. Among those witnessing the mass was Richard Sinner of Casselton, who is a cousin of the bride and a theology student.

      Background organ music was played by Mrs. Conrad Nix of Silver Springs, Md.

      Given in marriage by her brother, Ensign Robert W. Wild of Saunderstown, R.I., the bride was attired in a ballerina length dress of white lace. The dress was fashioned with a boat shaped neckline with bands of white satin to cuff the three-quarter length sleeves and form the belt. The shoulder length veil was held in place by a pearl tiara. Her jewelry, a gift of the bridegroom, was a single strand pearl necklace with matching earrings and bracelet.

      Her flowers were white camelias with white satin streamers. Dorothy Wild of Osnabrock, the bride's sister, was maid of honor and wore a dress of pink Taffeta of ballerina length, with matching bolero. She also wore a Juliette cap and carried pink camelias with pink ribbon streamers.

      Mrs. Amanda Mattson, mother of the bridegroom, wore a dark dress and her corsage was of pink roses.

      Richard S. Henderson attended the bridegroom. The bridegroom and his attendant each had a white carnation boutonniere.

      A reception was held following the ceremony at the bridegroom's apartment in Georgetown. This was attended by the relatives and intimate friends who witnessed the wedding.

      After their short honeymoon, Mr. and Mrs. Mattson have been at home at 1230 N. Quinn street in Arlington, Va.

      Among the out of town guests were the bridegroom's mother, Mrs. Amanda Mattson of Gardner, Mass., Dorothy Wild of Osnabrock, Ensign and Mrs. Robert W. Wild of Saunderstown, R.I., and Anne DeWitt of New York city, who is a cousin of the bride.

      The bridegroom, who is a lieutenant junior grade in the U.S. naval reserve, is a graduate of the Merchant Marine academy in Kingspoint, N.Y. At present he is employed by the navy department and is also attending the school of foreign service at Georgetown university.

      The bride graduated in 1950 from St. Benedict's college at St. Joseph, Minn., and has been employed at the National Catholic Welfare conference in Washington.

      Prior to her marriage Mrs. Mattson was honored at a kitchen shower held January 17. Hostesses were Dorothy Weiss, who was a classmate at St. Benedict's college; Margaret Cronin and Maryrose Smith.

      A luncheon was given in the bride-to-be's honor January 21 by her sister, Dorothy Wild. Both affairs were attended by close friends of the bride.
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    Photos
    Sales literature for the house purchased by Mel and Joyce Mattson in 1958.
    Sales literature for the house purchased by Mel and Joyce Mattson in 1958.
    Mel and Joyce and their family lived in this house (Mark III, featuring "Center Hall Plan") from 1958 until the 1990's, except for a 2 year excursion in Webster, South Dakota (1961-1963).
    Letter from Bill Lillevig, math teacher, to Mel and Joyce Mattson, 1974
    Letter from Bill Lillevig, math teacher, to Mel and Joyce Mattson, 1974
    October 28, 1974
    Dear Mr. and Mrs. Mattson,
    When I started teaching some years ago, the report cards had places to put favorable comments on the students. Now we have numbers to record bad comments. What I am leading up to is that I now have my fourth Mattson in class and it is nice. All the girls that I have had have been good students and an asset to the class and the school. I have enjoyed the give and take over the years and though we have disagreed at times, we stopped and then went on. So you two are to be congratulated on having a nice family, be proud of them. You have a right too. As the years pass if any of them need a recommendation, please write will be glad to give one. Its children like yours that make teaching easy and enjoyable. My thanks.
    Luck Best wishes
    A.W. (Bill) Lillevig
    Last Modified 3 Oct 2010 
    Family ID F1  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 30 Mar 1929 - Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResided - Grew up on a farm near Langdon, North Dakota - 1930 - Langdon, Cavalier, North Dakota, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsAttended school - 1942 - St. Alphonsus School, Langdon, North Dakota, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsAttended school - Graduated from St. Benedict's College in 1950 with a bachelor's degree in history - 1946 - College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, Minnesota, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 26 Jan 1952 - Church of the Nativity, Washington DC, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResided - 1953 - 1230 N. Quinn Street, Arlington, Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResided - 1955 - Buckingham, Arlington, Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResided - 1958 - 7417 Add Drive, Falls Church, Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResided - 1961 - 1115 Main Street, Webster, South Dakota, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResided - 1963 - 7417 Add Drive, Falls Church, Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResided - 2000 - 6577 Bullen Bluff Terrace, Gainesville, Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 2004 - Quantico National Cemetery, Triangle, Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 27 Nov 2004 - 6577 Bullen Bluff Terrace, Gainesville, Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    In back from left: Rose Ryder, 'Tot', 'Billie' Wild holding baby Joyce, and Anne Gardner Daggett
In front from left: David, Dorothy, Mimi, Bobby, Teddy, Billy, Frankie
    In back from left: Rose Ryder, "Tot", "Billie" Wild holding baby Joyce, and Anne Gardner Daggett In front from left: David, Dorothy, Mimi, Bobby, Teddy, Billy, Frankie
    Joyce Wild, about 1930
    Joyce Wild, about 1930
    Joyce Wild, about 1931
    Joyce Wild, about 1931
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    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    Joyce Wild, 1934
    Joyce Wild, 1934
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    'Jumper' used by Ted Wild to take his children to school
    "Jumper" used by Ted Wild to take his children to school
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    Joyce, David and Dorothy Wild
    Joyce, David and Dorothy Wild
    From left: Joyce, David and Dorothy. Unknown date, probably 1940s.
    Joyce Wild, unknown date
    Joyce Wild, unknown date
    Possibly taken in Mexico. On back of the photo: "*L.A. (illegible part), 16 DE SEPTIEMBRE NO. 23, MEXICO D.F."
    Joyce Wild, late 1940s
    Joyce Wild, late 1940s
    Off to college
    Joyce Wild
    Joyce Wild
    Joyce Wild
    Joyce Wild
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    Joyce Wild, unknown date
    Joyce Wild, unknown date
    Joyce Wild, about 1950
    Joyce Wild, about 1950
    David, Dorothy and Joyce Wild with unknown friend
    David, Dorothy and Joyce Wild with unknown friend
    From left: Unknown friend, David, Dorothy, and Joyce Wild
    Joyce Wild, 1951
    Joyce Wild, 1951
    Joyce Wild and Melvin Mattson, 1951
    Joyce Wild and Melvin Mattson, 1951
    Joyce Wild, 1951
    Joyce Wild, 1951
    Unknown woman on right side of photo
    Mel Mattson and Joyce Wild, 1951
    Mel Mattson and Joyce Wild, 1951
    Mel Mattson and Joyce Wild, 1952
    Mel Mattson and Joyce Wild, 1952
    Joyce Wild, 1952
    Joyce Wild, 1952
    Joyce Wild 1952
    Joyce Wild 1952
    Joyce Wild on her wedding day
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    Melvin Mattson and Joyce Wild wedding
    Melvin Mattson and Joyce Wild wedding
    Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Mattson
    Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Mattson
    Melvin Mattson and Joyce Wild wedding
    Melvin Mattson and Joyce Wild wedding
    Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Mattson at the reception, in Melvin's apartment
    Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Mattson at the reception, in Melvin's apartment
    Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Mattson with their attendants Richard Henderson and Dorothy Wild
    Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Mattson with their attendants Richard Henderson and Dorothy Wild
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    Melvin and Joyce Mattson wedding 1952
    Melvin and Joyce Mattson wedding 1952
    From left: Amanda Strom, Melvin Mattson, Joyce Wild Mattson, Dorothy Wild, Jane and Bob Wild
    Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Mattson
    Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Mattson
    Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Mattson
    Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Mattson
    Joyce Mattson
    Joyce Mattson
    Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Mattson
    Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Mattson
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    Joyce Wild Mattson, 1956
    Joyce Wild Mattson, 1956
    Pregnant with Monica
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    Mel and Joyce Mattson, unknown date
    Mel and Joyce Mattson, unknown date
    Mel and Joyce Mattson, 1963
    Mel and Joyce Mattson, 1963
    Mel and Joyce Mattson, 1980
    Mel and Joyce Mattson, 1980
    Mel and Joyce Mattson, 1981
    Mel and Joyce Mattson, 1981
    Mel and Joyce Mattson, 1988
    Mel and Joyce Mattson, 1988
    Joyce Mattson Trinity College certificate
    Joyce Mattson Trinity College certificate
    Joyce Mattson business card
    Joyce Mattson business card
    Mel and Joyce Mattson on a Norwegian Cruise Line ship
    Mel and Joyce Mattson on a Norwegian Cruise Line ship
    Mel and Joyce Mattson, on a Norwegian Cruise Line ship
    Mel and Joyce Mattson, on a Norwegian Cruise Line ship
    Mel and Joyce Mattson, 1994
    Mel and Joyce Mattson, 1994
    On board the Queen Elizabeth II
    Mel and Joyce Mattson
    Mel and Joyce Mattson

    Headstones
    Melvin Earl and Martha Joyce Mattson headstone
    Melvin Earl and Martha Joyce Mattson headstone
    Plot: section 3 site 254

    Videos
    Mel and Joyce Mattson, 1988
    Mel and Joyce Mattson, 1988
    Taken by Connie and Walter Brandt at their Long Island home. Walter and Mel were boyhood friends.

  • Notes 
    • 1930 US Census, Easby, Cavalier County, North Dakota
      Household headed by Edward G. Wild, 37 years old, married 30 years old at first marriage, able to read and write, born in North Dakota, both parents born Canada-English, occupation farmer, general farm. Wife Dorothy D. Wild, 29 years old, 22 years old at first marriage, able to read and write, born in Minnesota, father born in Iowa, mother born in Canada-English, occupation none. Son Edward G., 6 years old. Son Robert W., 4 years old. Son David, 3 years old. Daughter Dorothy A., 3 years old. Daughter Joyce M., 1 year old. All of the children born in North Dakota. None of the children in school. The household also included a 29 year old farm laborer, born in Iowa.

      1940 US Census, Easby, Cavalier County, North Dakota
      Household headed by Edward G. Wild; owner; home value $4000; 47 years old; born in North Dakota; completed 8th grade; worked 60 hours during week of March 24-30, 1940; occupation farmer. Wife Dorothy D. Wild, 39 years old, born in Minnesota, completed high school, occupation housework. Son Edward G. Wild, 16 years old, completed 1 year of high school, born in North Dakota. Son Robert W. Wild, 14 years old, born in North Dakota, completed 8th grade. Son David D. Wild, 13 years old, completed 7th grade. Daughter Dorothy A. Wild, 13 years old, completed 6th grade. Daughter Joyce M. Wild, 11 years old, completed 5th grade. Daughter Barbara L. Wild, 9 years old, completed 2nd grade. Son Peter W. Wild, 7 years old, completed 1st grade. Daughter Susan M. Wild, 6 months old.

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      St. Alphonsus To Graduate Twenty-Nine

      Bishop Muench Of Fargo Will Give Main Address To Seniors

      The very Reverend A.J. Muench, bishop of the Fargo diocese, will address the 29 St. Alphonsus seniors at graduation exercises at St. Alphonsus church Friday, May 24. Rev. C. Ward, St. Alphonsus superintendent, will present the diplomas.

      Betty Lou Jakoubek, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lou Jakoubek of Dresden, has been named class valedictorian. She is the present associate editor of "Stand-Bi," the school paper.

      Gerald Dettler, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Dettler of Langdon, and Joyce Wild, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E.G. Wild of Osnabrock, tied for salutatorian honors. Mr. Dettler is associate editor of the "Stand-Bi", secretary of the senior class and prefect of boys' Sodality. Miss Wild is second assistant prefect of the girls' Sodality.

      Additional students who were listed as honor students in a release from Sister M. Louis, principal of the school, are Ida Mae Bergman, Joyce Monette, Patricia Fischer and Rita Rohde.

      Other members of the class are June Beauchamp, Doris Benoit, Helen Bittner, Donald Borho, Ray Borho, Mary Lou Breyer, Doloris Charbonnear, Lenore Dickhausen, Doloris Dohman, Alton Fischer, William Fischer, Gloria Gendreau, Mary Giles, Theresa Hiltner, Anne Johnson, Lucille Klemish, Marion Klemish, Frances Koehmstedt, Luella Martineau, Ray Metzger, Donna Platz and Ione Wilhelm.

      Blue and silver are the class colors of the senior s and the red rose is their flower. The class motto is sincerity, simplicity and service. For their annual skip day Thursday of last week, the seniors went to Red Willow Lake near Binford.

      The annual junior-senior prom will be held in the Langdon high school gymnasium Thursday, May 23, with Wen Schuh and his orchestra furnishing the music. The banquet for the two classes will be held May 23 at 6:30 p.m. in the Langdon auditorium dining room.

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      Written by Martha Joyce Mattson, circa 2000:

      After graduating from St. Benedict's I came to Washington to work at the National Catholic Welfare Conference. While there I met the man I married, Mel Mattson. We moved to Northern Virginia and have lived there ever since. I was fortunate in being able to stay home with our children, six girls and one boy. All our children are college graduates, only three live here in Virginia, with the others living in four other states.

      My life has been full with both community and church involvement. I have been a girl scout leader and president both of a PTA and of our civic association. At church I have served in the women's organization and as lector and eucharistic minister. Trinity College in Washington, D.C., established a program twenty years ago, called Education for Parish Service, to train people in Church ministry. A two-year course, it gives an excellent background to lay persons. Since completing the course, I have been involved in adult education, particularly in the Old Testament. The past two years I have developed a program on women in the Bible.

      For the past fifteen years, with the children out of the home, I have made several trips overseas, including three pilgrimages to the Holy Land, as well as to Fatima, Lourdes and Ireland. Mel and I enjoy cruising and have been on several in the Carribean, as well as to Bermuda and crossing the Atlantic.

      For the past twenty years I have worked for H and R Block January to mid-April. It is work I enjoy, and we do meet interesting people!

      As some of you may remember, I majored in history, and have retained a love of history ever since. This may explain my love of the Old Testament and it does explain my interest in genealogy. While in Ireland, I visited the village where my ancestors were born. On one of our trips to England, Mel and I went to another village where others emigrated from in 1630. With a daughter's help, I put together a booklet on one side of the family, which all members of our family have. It was great fun to have the opportunity to do the research and to share it with others.

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      Obituary in the Manassas Journal Messenger, 11-29-2004:

      M. Joyce Mattson, 75, a resident of Falls Church for over 40 years, died at her home in Gainesville, on Nov. 27, 2004 after a lengthy illness.

      She was born Martha Joyce Wild in Minneapolis, Minn., and grew up in a farming community in Langdon, N.D. After graduating from high school in 1946, she attended the College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, Minn., from which she graduated in 1950. Upon graduation, she came to Washington, D.C., to work for the National Catholic Welfare Conference. She married Melvin E. Mattson, a career government worker, 1952. Subsequently, she became very active in local affairs, serving at various times as PTA president for Walnut Hill Elementary School, president of the neighborhood civic association, chief election judge for the local precinct, and Girl Scout troop leader for several of her daughters. She also was very involved in church activities with her local parish, St. Phillip's Catholic Church, where she served as both a Lector and a Lay Eucharistic Minister and taught numerous bible study classes. Starting in 1980, she worked for H&R Block as a tax preparer and continued this work until fully retiring in 2000. She had an avid interest in genealogy and did extensive research, tracing her family history back several hundred years.

      She is survived by her husband of 52 years; seven children, 13 grandchildren, three brothers, and three sisters.

      The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2004 at Price Funeral Home, 9609 Center St., Manassas. The funeral liturgy will be offered at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1 at the Church of the Nativity, 6400 Nativity Lane, Burke, with the Rev. Richard B. Martin officiating. Interment will be private.

      Expressions of sympathy may take the form of flowers or contributions to Capital Hospice, P.O. Box 1576 Merrifield, VA 22116-1576 in memory of M. Joyce Mattson.

      Condolences may be sent to http://www.pricefh.com.