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Thomas Patrick Mattison was born in Cherry Grove, Warren Co., PA, March 17, 1886. He moved to Bemus Point, Chautauqua Co., NY in 1908, where he worked at the Skillman and Ingerson Store (now, the Skillman Store).
From 1916-1922, Tom Mattison was post master of Bemus Point, NY, Post Office. Ben Haskin and Tom bought the Sullivan-Barrett Store, in Bemus Point, in 1922. They bought the Danielson Funeral Home and grocery business in Kennedy, Chautauqua Co., NY in 1925. Tom lived the rest of his life in his home over this business. When he died, January 29, 1975, it was called the Mattison Funeral Home, Kennedy, NY, then owned by his son Frederick E. Mattison. Tom is buried in Pine Hill Cemetery, Falconer, Chautauqua Co., NY. He was active in many community organizations.
Tom met his wife, Ruth Kathleen Fuller, in Bemus Point, NY. They married in a United Brethren Church, Buffalo, Erie Co NY, May 24, 1912. Tom and Ruth had seven children, six were born in Bemus Point, NY and one in Kennedy, NY.
Ruth Kathleen Fuller Mattison, was born in Youngsville, Warren Co PA, December 10, 1893. Her family moved to Bemus Point, Chautauqua Co NY in 1908. Before Ruth married she worked at the Lenhart Hotel in Bemus Point, NY. She died October 15, 1988, at Heritage Village Health Care Center, Gerry, Chautauqua Co., NY. She is buried in Pine Hill Cemetery, Falconer, Chautauqua Co., NY For many years Ruth was active in organizations in the community.
Submitted by Bonnie Kidder, granddaughter