Biography of Abram L. Matthews
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ABRAM LATERMAN MATTHEWS
A resident of Wildomar, Cal., since 1888, Mr. Matthews is a man whose qualities of enterprise and honor fully merit the esteem and confidence which he enjoys among his fellow citizens. Since June 21, 1902, he has served as postmaster and for ten years was station agent for the Santa Fe Railroad Company. He was born in the town of Catlin, Chemung county, N. Y., August 21, 1845, and is a member of one of the oldest families in America. His great grandfather, Amasa Matthews, a native of France, was an officer in the Black Hawk war, his service during the battle of Horseheads, N. Y., having been worthy of special mention. He had a son, Kortright Matthews, a native of New York state and a farmer by occupation; throughout the country he bought heavily timbered government land for twenty five cents an acre. As his children married (he being the father of twenty sons and two daughters by his two marriages) he deeded them a tract of land upon which they settled and improved a farm All of his children reached advanced ages but seven, three sons and one - daughter still living. He died on his original home place at the age of ninety two years. One of his sons was Isaac Matthews, the father of A. L., and who was a native of Schuyler county, N. Y. He served for many years as an officer in the New York state militia, later in life entering the ministry of the Methodist church, in which field he labored faithfully until his death in New York in 1891 at the age of seventy four. His wife, formerly Miss Ann Manning, a native of England, passed away in April, 1857, aged forty nine years. In the family of Isaac Matthews there were five sons and three daughters, and of these four are living, but with the exception of A. L. and a sister, Mrs. Delia Hobart of San Francisco, none of them settled on the Pacific coast. George resides in Hiawatha, Kan., and Mrs Anna Pulver in Rochester, N. Y.

Reared in an atmosphere of culture and refinement, A. L. Matthews early learned the value of truth and honor and by his ambition and manly qualities fully justified the hopes of his parents. Always an eager student, the boy nevertheless left his studies in 1863 and in October enlisted in Company E, Fourteenth Regiment, New York Heavy Artillery, leaving his loved ones and the comforts of home to endure the hardships and dangers incident to the life of the soldier. Upon his honorable discharge for disability in 1864 he returned to his home, immediately entering Starkey Seminary, and after completing the course, in 1866, accepted a clerkship with the Atlantic & Great Western Railroad Company and for two years was stationed at Meadville, Pa. His army life having created in him a roving spirit, he severed his connection with that company and started west. In 1869 he located in Nevada, Story county, Iowa, and farmed for two years, going thence to Hiawatha, Brown county, Kan., and in 1873 to Spring Hill, Johnson county, purchasing a farm and conducting farming operations for a time. He next became a pioneer of the Arkansas valley, assisting in evelopng that section and in the organization of Reno county, that state, and also the town of Hutchinson, near which townsite he took up a soldier's homestead. When the county was organized he served as trustee of his township and later as clerk, in all seven years, his ability and progressive spirit having won the esteem of his associates. In 1887 he left Reno county, which had prospered greatly by the advent of the Santa Fe Railroad extending its line through that section in 1870. Coming to California in 1888, he located in Wildomar, which had just sprung into existence, and soon be became identified with all public movements for the upbuilding of the locality. By his untiring energy and unquestioned ability he became a leader and was called upon to fill various positions of trust and honor. He served twelve years on the school board, acted as deputy county clerk for a like period and performed the duties of notary public, as well as opening a general merchandise store and purchasing property and engaging in farming. He is owner of forty two acres of land and has been interested in raising Jersey cattle for sale and breeding purposes, also retains his quarter section of land in Kansas.

Mr. Matthews was united in marriage in Hutchinson, Kan., October 24, 1877, with Miss Mary H. Allison, a native of Illinois, and a relative of the late President William McKinley. Two children, Anna and Anson Leo, were born to them, both now deceased. An advocate of the principles of the Republican party, Mr. Matthews has been deeply interested in civic and national issues. He has served on the boards of election and as a delegate to the county conventions at various times and has been prompt to aide worthy candidates. He is a member of J. B. Stevens Post, No. 103, G. A. R., of Elsinore, and is also a valued member of the Methodist church. Bound to the beautiful valley of Laguna by ties of years of identification, Mr. Matthews has for that region a deeper affection than for any other spot on earth, and to his many friends and associates in that section his name is synonymous with manliness, and his generous principles and material aid in the progress of the community have placed him among the worthy citizens of the county.

From:
History of Riverside County, California
With a Biographical Review
History by Elmer Wallace Holmes
And other well known writers
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1912


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