was born in Camden, New Jersey on March 19, 1886. He was the son of
Joseph B. Mattison and his wife, the former Maggie Pennington. He was
the youngest of three children, coming after Samuel K. and Rebecca L.
Mattison. The Mattisons were originally from Bridgeton, New Jersey.
Joseph Mattison had worked as a farm laborer there before coming to Camden in
1882. The family is listed in City Directories at 54 North 2nd Street from 1883 to 1885,
Joseph B. Mattison's occupation being given as seaman. The 1887
Directory states that he was working as a driver for the Camden Horse
Railroad Company, but gives no address.
City Directories show Maggie Mattison, Walter Mattison
and John Davis at 701 Berkley
Street from 1901 to 1904, and at 422 South 7th Street in 1905 and 1906,
728 New Street in 1907, and at 563 Mickle Street in 1908 through 1910. The 1910
Census shows of the three children, only Walter was still living with their mother. Walter Mattison was at that time
employed as a grocery salesman.
The young couple were making their home at 576 Auburn Street by 1913. By the end of that year the Mattisons had moved to 575 Clinton Street., and remained at that address through at least the late 1940s.
On April 11, 1917 Walter S. Mattison was appointed to the Camden Police Department, along with Nathan Petit. Both served well over 30 years with the department. At least one other man, Harry Kyler, was appointed the next day. He too put in over 30 years with the Camden Police.
September 12, 1918 Walter S. Mattison registered for the draft. After the war Walter Mattison began rising through the ranks in the police department. City Directories from 1923 through 1926 show him as the turnkey at the City Hall Annex, which is to say, he managed the jail. By 1928 Walter Mattison had been promoted to Sergeant, and was assigned to the Second District house on Chestnut Street.
In 1934 Walter Mattison's daughter Leah Mae Mattison married George Getley, an officer of the Camden Police Department assigned to motorcycle duty. The marriage produced two grandchildren, Janet L. Getley and George E. Getley Jr. by 1940. Sadly, George & Leah Getley's marriage foundered shortly before the compilation of the 1943 City Directory. By 1946 she had moved back to 575 Clinton Street. Leah Mattison Getley remarried after 1946, moved to Pennsauken by 1954, and later moved to Texas.
Walter S. Mattison had been elevated to the rank of Lieutenant sometime after the compilation of the 1940 City Directory was compiled. He was still active with the Camden Police Department as late as January of 1949.
Walter S. Mattison passed away in 1950.
|Philadelphia Inquirer - July 3, 1917|
|Benson Street - O. Glen Stackhouse - Walter Mattison|
Camden Courier-Post * October 28, 1936
Mattison - Maurice
DiNicola - WIlliam Stibi Sr. - Gus Rhiem
Samuel Boykin - George Kendig - Broadway - Federal Street - Lawrence Street
Camden Courier-Post * February 9, 1938
HONORS ARRANGED FOR LODGE
Charles Siegel, Supreme Tall Cedar of the United States, and his official Camden Forest No.5, staff will be honored at a dinner and at the second annual charity ball of the Tall Cedars of Lebanon, at the Walt Whitman Hotel Saturday night.
Among the guests will be City Commissioner Frederick von Nieda and Mrs. von Nieda; City Commissioner Frank J. Hartmann and Mrs. Hartmann, Surrogate F. B. Hanna and Mrs. Hanna, Sheriff Joseph Van Meter and Mrs. Van Meter, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Pearson, Mr. and, Mrs. August Romelle, Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Hicks, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Cook, Mr. and Mrs. James Knox, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Brown.
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Forsythe, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Giffins, Mr. and Mrs. William Del Baugh, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Reeves, Mr. and Mrs. William E. Strouse, Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Peters, William G. Rohrer, Miss Flora Tulk, Mr. and Mrs. George Murray, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Dahl, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Ireton, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Mattison, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Burgess, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Miles, Lieutenant Albert Eckenroth and Mrs. Eckenroth.
Music will be furnished by the Famous Sonny James Orchestra.
CEDARS OF LEBANON PLAN
Plans for a snappy floor show as an additional feature' of the second annual charity ball of the Tall Cedars of Lebanon, Camden Forest No. 5, were announced yesterday.
Sonny James with the recording and broadcasting orchestra that bears his name, will supply the musicó interspersing swing for the youngsters with waltzes for the old-timers.
James will present as the floor show attraction The Musical Aces and Their Queens, radio performers.
Harold Stephans, vocalist with the orchestra, also will be featured.
The ball is scheduled for Saturday night at Hotel Walt Whitman.
The general committee consists of the membership of all other committees, which are:
Executive: Joseph C. Brown, Grand Tall Cedar, ex-officio; William E. Strouse, chairman and Daniel W. Forsyth, secretary and treasurer.
Grand Conductor: Walter W. Giffins.
Tickets, Walter Mattison; door, Louis Bull and Paul B. Miles, press, Frank H. Ryan. Electrical, Wilbur Peters; wardrobe, Charles Neil, William Strong, Elmer Burgess, Taylor Kellogg and Charles Green; safety, Lieut. George W. Frost, Frank Jaggard, Russell Young and Francis Gutherman; decorations, Fred Knodel, Charles Dorrman, Harry Sykes, Harry Flowers, Merton McCormick, Edward Zimmerman and William Delbaugh.