Biography of Morris Carl Matsen
Morris Carl Matsen is operating a wood and coal business, with moving and storage as a department of his undertaking. His patronage has grown steadily and today his is one of the important enterprises of this character in Racine. Diligence and determination have been the crowning points in the career of Mr. Matsen and success has been the legitimate result of his industry. He was born in Jutland. Denmark, on the 17th of August. 1881, a son of Peter and Anna M. (Scriber) Matsen, who were born, reared and married in Denmark and came to the United States in 1897, establishing their home in Racine, where the father died in 1906.
The youthful days of Morris C. Matsen were spent under the parental roof and his education was acquired in the common schools of his native land. He came to the United States in 1898, when a young man of seventeen years, and established his home in Racine, where he learned the moulder’s trade. This he followed until he embarked in business on his own account about thirteen years ago, becoming a dealer in fuel. He handles both wood and coal and he also does moving, while later he added a storage department to his business. He started in business in partnership with his brother and from the beginning their patronage has steadily increased. They now have two offices and utilize three trucks and five teams in the conduct of their business, while employment is furnished to twenty-five men.
Eleven years ago Mr. Matsen was united in marriage to Miss Sophie Nelson, a native of Denmark, and they became parents of four children, but lost a daughter, Elsie. The others are: Elmer P., Elsie and Evelyn, all yet at home. In polities Mr. Matsen maintains an independent position, casting a nonpartisan ballot. Fraternally he is connected with the Royal Arcanum and the Modern Woodmen of America. He carries insurance in the New York Life and Prudential Companies and throughout his entire career he has been actuated by the spirit of thrift and progress, manifesting those qualities which make for progressiveness in business and in citizenship.