Captain E. F. Matteson
Captain E.F. Matteson is thoroughly devoted to his calling, which he has followed during all of his active life. He was born March 3, 1856 at Oswego, N. Y., where his father first saw the light in 1833, living there the greater part of his life; he died at Marine City, Mich., May 24, 1888.
Captain Matteson removed with his parents to Marine City when he was seven years of age, and at that place received his education in the public schools. In his seventeenth year he began his marine life by shipping as seaman on the C. G. King, on which he remained one year, and in the seasons closely following he served on the Dayton, Brainard, D. K. Clint, D. L. Young and Charles Spademan. In 1875 he began steamboating as wheelsman on the P. H. Birckhead, serving in this capacity one season, and he was subsequently employed in the Bay City, J. W. Westcott and Heckley, in 1886 becoming second mate of the last named boat. Succeeding this he was on the William Chisholm for two seasons as second mate and from that boat went to the J. H. Devereux, as mate, on the Mariska as second mate, and on the Newago, W. H. Gilbert and E. M. Peck as mate, finally shipping in that capacity on the Norwalk, on which boat he has remained until the present time; he was given command of her in 1895.
Captain Matteson was married, May 25, 1881, to Miss Jessie Robertson, whose brother Henry R. Robertson, has been steward on the lakes the greater part of his life. To this union has come three children, viz.: Susie A., born June 4, 1882; Verne E., born March 31, 1884; and Alta G., born August 9, 1888, all of whom attend school. Fraternally the Captain is a member of the I. O. O. F. and of the K. O. T. M.
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This version of Volume II is based, with permission, on the work of the great volunteers at the Marine Captains Biographies site. To them goes the credit for reorganizing the content into some coherent order. The biographies in the original volume are in essentially random order.
Some of the transcription work was also done by Brendon Baillod, who maintains an excellent guide to Great Lakes Shipwreck Research.