Henry James Matthews, M. D. - A graduate of the College of Medicine of the University of Vermont, class of 1879,
Dr. Matthews for more than half a century has been a distinguished physician and surgeon of St. Lawrence County.
He was born at Massena, St. Lawrence County, Nov. 25, 1854, the son of James H. and Emily Catherine (Beldin) Matthews.
James H. Matthews was born at Bombay, St. Lawrence County, the son of Rome Matthews, who was a prosperous and well
known farmer of the town of Bombay, Franklin County. James H. Matthews spent his early life on his father's farm
and began his business career as a merchant at Grand Traverse, Mich., where he remained for five years. He then
returned to farming and owned and operated a well improved farm in the town of Hopkinton. Mr. Matthews was a prominent
Republican and held membership in the Methodist Church. He died in 1884 and his wife, who was a native of Fort
Covington, Franklin County, died in 1917. Both are buried in Bombay Corners Cemetery. To Mr. and Mrs. Matthews
were born five children: 1. Allen Frank, born in 1853, died in 1897. 2. Henry James, the subject of this sketch.
3. Mina L., who died in 1900, was the wife of Frank San Jule. 4. Charles R., who died in 1927, served as a member
of the General Assembly from Franklin County for four years, and at the time of his death was agent for the Travelers
Life Insurance Company. 5. Ida E., who died in 1881.
Henry James Matthews received his early education in the public schools of St. Lawrence County and attended Lawrenceville
and Amsterdam Academies, and graduated from the latter in 1876. As mentioned above, he received the degree of Doctor
of Medicine at the University of Vermont in 1879. He began his professional career at Helena, St. Lawrence County,
and was located there until February, 1881. He has since been established in practice at Nicholville, and is one
of the outstanding physicians and surgeons of the North Country. He is a member of the St. Lawrence County, New
York State, and American Medical Associations, and served as health officer from 1907 until 1925.
On June 9, 1887, Dr. Matthews was united in marriage with Miss Attie Day, of Nicholville, who died in October,
1929. She was the daughter of Lyman and Catherine (McCuen) Day. The former died in 1884 and the latter in 1900.
Both were natives of St. Lawrence County. To Doctor and Mrs. Matthews were born two children: 1. Anna Laurie, born
Jan. 12, 1892, a graduate of Brushton High School and the Potsdam State Normal School. She married Gordon L. Cole
and lives at Nicholville. They have a son, Grant Gordon, born May 18, 1922. 2. Walter Charles, born Nov. 26, 1895.
He attended the Brushton High School, and is now interested in the automobile business at Nicholville.
Throughout his life Dr. Matthews has been identified with the Republican party. He is a member of the Methodist
Church and his wife belonged to the Baptist Church.
The North Country
A History, Embracing
Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis
and Franklin Counties, New York.
By: Harry F. Landon
Historical Publishing Company
Indianopolis, Indiana 1932