Biography of Felix T. Matia
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

FELIX T. MATIA has become well known at the Cleveland bar and as an official of the city and county, and is also an ex serviceman of the World war.

He was born in Cleveland, son of Thomas and Frances (Otto) Matia. His parents were born in German Poland, now included in the repubhc of Poland. Thomas Matia came to the United States in 1880, locating in Cleveland the same year, and was an employe of the old Cleveland Rolling Mills, part of the American Steel & Wire Company. He was in the employ of the city, and then engaged in the dry goods and men's furnishing goods business on his own account on Sowinski Avenue in Cleveland. He was a pioneer of the old Polish colony at Newburg, and was a man of such character as to win the respect of many leaders in public affairs, including Hon. Theodore Burton. He was forty two years old when he died in 1907. The widowed mother, now aged fifty six, is the daughter of Joseph Otto, who was born near Danzig. East Prussia, and was one of the pioneer Polish citizens of Cleveland.

Felix T. Matia acquired his education in the public schools of Cleveland, including the East High School, and graduated from the Cleveland Law School of Baldwin Wallace University in 1914. In the same year he was admitted to the bar, and in a comparatively brief time gained recognition for his solid talents and attainments in his profession.

From January, 1913, to December 31, 1916, Mr. Matia served as probation officer in the Municipal Court of Cleveland. He was assistant prosecuting attorney for Cuyahoga County from January 1, 1917, to January 1, 1921, resigning after four years' service to engage in private practice.

While assistant prosecuting attorney he was granted a leave of absence to enlist for the World war. On November 1, 1917, he joined the colors as a member of the Officers' Training School at Camp Sherman, Ohio, and received a commission as second lieutenant. He was sent to Camp Gordon, Georgia, was commissioned a first lieutenant January 4, 1918, and put in the Ninth Replacement Regiment. Later he was transferred to the Intelligence Department on duty at Camp Gordon and vicinity, and was under orders for overseas duty when the armistice was signed. January 1, 1919, he was mustered out and honorably discharged at Camp Custer, Michigan. Immediately on his return he resumed his duties as assistant prosecuting attorney.

Mr. Matia is a member of the Polish National Alliance, the Polish Alliance of America, the Polish Falcons, the Cleveland Society of the Z. N. P., the Knights of Columbus and St. Casimer's Catholic Church. In his profession he is a member of the Cleveland Bar Association and the Sigma. Kappa Phi fraternity. Mr. Matia married, August 27, 1920, Miss Mary Olszeski, daughter of Casimer and Frances Olszeski, of Dillonvale, Jefferson County, Ohio.

A History of Cuyahoga County
and the City of Cleveland
By: William R. Coates
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York, 1924

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