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BIOGRAPHY OF CLARK H. MATTESON

This biography was possible through the generous consideration of Mrs. Gina M. Reasoner.  

Email:  greasoner@prodigy.net

Source:  History of Ohio, The American Historical Society Inc., 1925 Volume IV, page 160:

CLARK H. MATTESON. With the fire insurance business the name Matteson has been linked in Mahoning county for a period of forty years or more. Clark H. Matteson, with offices in the Mahoning Bank Building at Youngstown, is the present proprietor of the general agency that was started in a small way by his father. His father was the late Charles F. Matteson, who was born in Medina County, Ohio, and in 1881 began selling insurance in Mahoning County and continued the business in successful volume until his death on September 20, 1923. His first wife was Florence Stone, who was born in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, and died in 1902, and he afterwards married Fidelia Ripple, who resides at Canfield. Clark H. Matteson was born at the home of his parents in Canfield,Ohio, September 27, 1885. During his boyhood he attended public school, graduated in 1905 from the Rayen High School at Youngstown, and subsequently went to Cuba, where he was associated with the management of a fruit plantation for several years. Returning to Youngstown in 1910, he went into his father's insurance office. In 1917 he became a clerk in the office of the Sheet & Tube Steel Mills at Youngstown, but in 1921 returned to take part in the management of his father's business and succeeded to the proprietorship on his father's death. Mr. Matteson married in 1908 Miss Laura Harry, who was born at Youngstown, a daughter of Richard T. and Martha (Billingham) Harry, her father a native of Maryland her mother of England. Mr. and Mrs. Matteson have one daughter, Mary L., born April 14, 1911. The family are members of the Calvary Baptist Church, and Mr. Matteson is an independent republican and is affiliated with Youngstown Lodge No. 403, Independent Order of Odd Fellows.