James Robert Mathews. Was born in Marysville, Butte county, California, in 1855. He lived there one year and
then moved to Sutter county and remained ten years with his parents His mother died in 1863. He went with his father
and brothers to Sonoma county in 1866, to the vicinity of Santa Rosa, where they remained on a farm for two years.
Attended school at Windsor one year, in 1869. Then he went to the State of Nevada with his father, who was then
in the cattle business, and remained there two years. From Nevada he returned to Santa Rosa, Sonoma county, California,
and attended the Pacific Methodist College for two years. He went to Round valley, Mendocino county, in August,
1872, where he kept books for Riley & Branford for one year and for Fairbanks & Bransford two years. He
then, in January, 1875, returned to Santa Rosa and was employed in the Recorder's office for one year, under B.
S. Woods His term of office having expired, Mr Mathews then returned to Round valley, where he took charge of a
sutler store for Thomson & Updegraff, on the United States Reservation of Round valley, superintending the
business for two years. During this period his father, John Mathews, died at Ukiah. Messrs. Thomson & Updegraff
finally suspended their sutler's store, and bought out the drug store formerly conducted by Walter L. Bransford,
present County Clerk, and Mr. Mathews took charge of the new business, where he has since remained. He was united
in marriage, November 4, 1879, to Miss Josie Reid, whose father was physician and surgeon on the reservation.
History of Mendocino County, California
Alley, Bowen & Co., Publishers
San Francisco, California 1880
Mendocino County, CA
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