From The Winchester Evening Star?
RAYMOND MATTISON IN
PRIME OF LIFE
Death Cuts Short Promis-
ing Career of Member of
Prominent Family of
SERVED A LONG
TERM IN ARMY
One of the First To Go
Into World War Service
and Among Last To Be
Raymond L. Mattison, a well-known young man of the county, a member of one of the oldest families in this section on his mother's side, and an overseas soldier, died yesterday, after a brief illness of pneumonia and following an illness of stomach trouble. He had worked quite hard this summer at the farm of his father in the county, and this lowered his vitality to such an extent, that he fell an easy prey to pneumonia.
Mr. Mattison was the only son of D. S. and Nenah L. Mattison and was born in Bellevue, Ohio, January 19, 1896. He was therefore in the thirty-fifth year of his age.
When his parents disposed of their interests in Bellevue when their son was ten years of age, they came to Frederick county, where the elder Mr. Mattison purchased an apple orchard on Apple Ridge and here they had resided ever since, their home being devoted to improving their orchard with such success they had captured many prizes at the local agricultural fair for the fine quality of fruit produced.
After receiving his elementary education in the district school, Mr. Mattison attended the John Kerr School in this city and was also a student at Shenandoah College at Dayton, Va. from which he graduated with honors in the commercial department. While there he was interested in athletics and took a number of first prizes for both himself and his school.
Served Overseas in World War
Mr. Mattison had the unusual honor of having served longer than perhaps any other local soldier in the World War. He was among the first to go from Winchester and among the last to return home, having been 22 months in the service. He entered the army October 3, 1917, and was discharged at Camp Dix, New York, July 22, 1919.
He was stationed at Camp Lee, Va., and at Ft. Oglethorpe, Ga., until he went overseas to France with his unit, the Three Hundred and Thirty-seventh Field Remount Squadron, which was attached to and a part of the Rainbow Division. For ten weeks he was at the front and participated in two of the largest engagements of the war--the Argonne offensive and at Belleau Woods.
Mr. Mattison was a charter member of Robert Y. Conrad Post., American Legion, of this city, and is the first charter member of that post to die.
On his mother's side of the family he was a descendant of the Robinsons, who have been in Frederick county since 1760.
Mr. Mattison was a member of the Society of Friends and also of Bethel Sunday School at Albin, in the county, and of the Woodmen of the World. He was of a kind and lovable disposition, generous to a fault and always doing for others. His favorite motto were the lines of Kipling,
"Let me live in a house by the
He is survived by his parents, who have the sympathy of the community.
Funeral Tomorrow Afternoon
The funeral will take place at his home on North Frederick Road tomorrow (Tuesday) afternoon at three o'clock and the service will be conducted by the Society of Friends assisted by the Rev. C. E. Seastrunk, of Albin, and the Rev. George W. Stover, of the United Brethren Church, Winchester. Burial will be in the family lot in Mount Hebron Cemetery. The pallbearers will be: Messrs. Grover Schlack, Edwin Marker, Lewis Hudson, John I. Brown, Jr., Daniel Greenwalt and Guy Smith. Delegations from the American Legion and the Woodmen of the world are expected to be in attendance.
side of the road and be a friend
From The Winchester Evening Star?
Pays Tribute To
Ray L. Mattison
Family connections and friends numbering upwards of 800 paid tributes of respect yesterday afternoon to the memory of Raymond L. Mattison, son of Mr. and Mrs. Don S. Mattison of Frederick county, who died Sunday after a brief illness of pneumonia. Immense quantities of floral offerings were sent for the casket.
The funeral services were held in the late afternoon at the Mattison home on North Frederick road, and were in charge of Walker McC. Bond and Miss Annie J. Rees, of the Society of Friends, assisted by the Rev. C. E. Seastrunk, of the Lutheran Church, of Albin, and the Rev. George W. Stover, pastor of the United Brethren Church of Winchester. Last rites were plain, but very impressive.
Robert Y. Conrad Post, American Legion, and Hickory Camp Woodmen of the World, this city, of which he was a member, were represented at the funeral. Mr. Mattison was one of the charter members of the legion post.
The interment was made in the family lot in Mount Hebron Cemetery. Pallbearers were Grover Schlack, Edwin Marker, Lewis Hudson, Daniel Greenawalt, John I. Brown, Jr., and Guy Smith.
Many Family Connections At
Mr. Mattison's Funeral.
Relatives and friends from out-of-town who were here yesterday for the funeral of the late Mr. Raymond L. Mattison included Mr. Hunter Robinson, of Kirksville, Mo.; Mr. Joseph Smith and son, of Bellevue, Ohio; Mrs. Maggie Fries, of Berkeley Springs, W. Va.; Mrs. Sadie Coleman, of Charles Town, W. Va.; Mrs. Frith and daughter and Miss Wood, of Richmond, Va.; Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Robinson and son, of Newport News, Va.; Mrs. Carrie Hott and Mrs. Ernest Ralston, of Dayton, Va.; Mrs. Frank Fenton, Miss Edna Fenton and Mr. Shirley Fenton, of Purcellville, Va.; Mrs. Virginia Robinson and Mrs. Lydia Gardiner and daughters, of White Post, Va.; Mr. and Mrs. Ware, of Berryville, Va.; Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Brown, Mr and Mrs. Frank Steel, Mr. Louis J. Barr, Mrs. Virgil Gaines, Mrs. Elsie May, Mr. Beverley May, Mrs. Bertha May and Mr. Charles May and sisters, all of Washington.
DIES IN VIRGINIA
Joseph Smith and son have returned from Winchester, Va., where they attended funeral services Tuesday afternoon for Raymond L. Mattison, 35, only son of D. S. and Nenah L. Mattison, whose death Sunday followed an illness with pneumonia. The deceased was born in Bellevue and resided here until ten years of age, when he moved with his parents to Virginia, grew to manhood and became one of the best known residents of the community in which he resided. He was a veteran of the World war and had the distinction of serving longer during that period of strife than any other soldier from Winchester or vicinity. He was among the first to go from Winchester and among the last to return home.
He is survived by his parents, who are owners of extensive orchard properties in the vicinity of Winchester.
At the funeral services, Tuesday afternoon, upwards of 800 persons gathered to pay their respects to his memory and immense quaintities of floral offerings attested the esteem in which he was held.
A Sad Death
Our hearts go out in sympathy to Mrs. D. S. Mattison, president of the Winchester Union, in the unexpected death of her splended son, Raymond, who had served his country overseas, and also lived a life worthy of his white ribbon mother. May God comfort her in her hour of trial.
IN MEMORY OF OUR DEAR SON, RAYMOND.
Midnight stars are gleeming
On a lonely grave,
There sleeping, but not dreaming,
Lies the one we could not save.
In dreams we see his dear face,
And kiss his cold brow,
And whisper, as we loved him then,
We love his memory now.
We think of him in silence;
No eyes can see us weep,
But still within our aching hearts
His memory we shall keep.
He bade no one a last farewell,
He said goodbye to none;
The heavenly gates have opened,
A lovely voice said "Come";
And with a farewell unspoken,
He gently entered Home.
Our dear son sleeps in silence;
We'd not disturb his rest.
Sad and lonely are the hearts
Of those who loved him best.
Uncle Luther C. Brown (Signature)