Biography of Dr. Ignatius W. Matuska
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

IGNATIUS W. MATUSKA, M. D. Born in Europe, brought to Cleveland when two years old, Doctor Matuska grew up in this city, acquired a liberal education as well as a thorough professional training, and is one of the accomplished physicians and surgeons of the city.

He was born in Bohemia, now Czecho-Slovakia, June 8, 1888. His parents, Frank and Anna Matuska, came to the United States in 1890. His father was born in 1852 and his mother in 1850. His father died at Cleveland, February 9, 1919.

Doctor Matuska attended parochial schools in Cleveland for eight years. He was a high school student four years and for a similar period attended St. Ignatius College, where he graduated Bachelor of Arts in 1910. Following that he took the full medical course at Western Reserve University, graduating Doctor of Medicine in 1914. In further preparation for practice he had a year of interne work at St. Alexis Hospital. Since beginning practice his offices have been at 5496 Broadway. The only important interruption to his steadily growing work and practice in this part of Cleveland came when he volunteered his services in 1918 and was commissioned as first lieutenant in the United States Army Medical Corps. He was sent to the Medical Officers' Training School at Fort Riley, Kansas, was attached to the base hospital for four months, and while there contracted rheumatism, which incapacitated him for further duty. He received an honorable discharge. Just two weeks before he was incapacitated orders came for overseas duty.

His brother, Edward A. Matuska, who was born in 1890, only a few weeks before the family came to the United States, was examined in the draft in California and rejected on account of heart trouble. He then made several unsuccessful attempts to get into the army, and was finally accepted as a volunteer, hs number being 3,135,958, and he went overseas with Company H of the One Hundred and Twelfth Infantry. He was killed in action in France on October 8, 1918.

Doctor Matuska is a member of the Cleveland Academy of Medicine and the Ohio State and American Medical associations. He also belongs to the Cleveland Council Knights of Columbus, the Cleveland Automobile Club, the Ohio State and National Automobile associations, and has membership in a number of other social clubs. September 9. 1919, he married Miss Rubie Reitinger, of Cleveland. She was born in Nebraska, daughter of Philip Reitinger, who became a resident of Cleveland.

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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