Biography of Winford L. Mattoon
Franklin County, Ohio Biographies





Winford Lecky Mattoon. - Numbered among the successful and representative men of Columbus is Winford Lecky Mattoon, real estate and tax agent of the Hocking Valley Railway Company, with offices at 50 East Broad Street, this city. He was born at Plain City, Ohio, August 29, 1881, the son of Dr. Francis N. and Miriam Rhoda (Lecky) Mattoon.

Winford Lecky Mattoon was educated at Otterbein University, 1896-98; Denison University, 1898-1900; and Ohio State University in civil engineering, 1900-03. He entered the railway service in May, 1901. At various times from May, 1901, to December, 1903, he was instrument man on the Indianapolis division of the Pennsylvania Lines west of Pittsburgh. From December, 1903, until June, 1904, he was instrument man with the Hocking Valley Railway at Columbus. From that time until May, 1905, he was assistant division engineer of the Chicago, Rock Island, and Pacific Railway at Trenton, Mo., at which time he was transferred to the Des Moines Valley division of the same road at Des Moines, Iowa, as assistant to the district engineer. From February to October, 1907, he was division engineer of the Corning division of the Toledo and Ohio Central and the Zanesville and Western Railways at Columbus. From October, 1907, to December, 1910, he was principal assistant engineer to the chief engineer of the Hocking Valley Railway at Columbus. Since 1910 he has been real estate and tax agent for the Hocking Valley Railway.

On February 16, 1909, Mr. Mattoon was married at Kansas City, Missouri, to Miss Inez Newton Clark, the daughter of Rev. Isaac Newton Clark, D. D., for thirty five years secretary at Kansas City of the American Baptist Foreign Missionary Society. They have three children: Betty Alice, Philip Clark, and Francis Newton.

Mr. Mattoon, although never an aggressive seeker of public honor or recognition, has since his youth been one of the most consistently and industriously active of Ohio's citizens in countless movements for the public welfare, and as an engineer has taken an active part in the affairs of professional bodies. Endowed personally with a remarkable store of energy, Mr. Mattoon has turned his efforts in many channels, with prodigious results. To mention just one such activity, he has for more than eighteen years engaged in the study of genealogical records, and has been engaged in research for history of the Mattoon, Lecky, Rice and other allied families which, although still in cumulative state, constitutes an important document drawing on sources that extend back through the centuries and involving what amounts to an expert study of the entire written history of the Western world. This work includes, among other achievements, an elaborate construction of pedigrees of English and other Anglo-Saxon kings and nobility in these lines of descent; through Edmund Rice who settled in Sudbury, Massachusetts, in 1638, and Thomas Sawyer and John Prescott settlers of Lancaster, Massachusetts, in 1642.

Briefly summarizing the more notable of Mr. Mattoon's activities, he was in 1926-1928 vice president general of the Sons of the American Revolution, Central District (Ohio, Indiana and West Virginia); has been historian of the Ohio Society, and is past president of Benjamin Franklin Chapter, Columbus, S. A. R. He is also one of the eight members in the city of Columbus of the Society of the Colonial Wars. He was president of the Franklin County Pioneer Association in 1926-1930. 1928-30 historian and genealogist of "The Edmund Rice 1638 Association." He is a past president and member of the board of directors of the Columbus Chapter of the American Association of Engineers. He is a charter member and past vice president of the Railway Real Estate Association, and a member of its board of directors. He has been active in university organizations, and is a member of the alumni associations of Otterbein, Denison, and Ohio State Universities; he was secretary of the Columbus Denison Alumni Association 1914-27, and is a member of the executive committee of five of the General Alumni Council of Denison. He was the founder of the local fraternity at Ohio State University known as Phi Kappa Pi, which afterward became Gamma Chapter of Sigma Pi, and is past Grand Sage (National President), past chairman of the National Executive Council (six years), and representative (four years) at the National Interfraternity Conference meeting annually at the University Club in New York City. He was a member of college and society glee clubs and choruses at Otterbein, Denison and Ohio State, and is now a member of the Hocking Valley Railway Glee Club.

The Mattoon family were early settlers in Franklin County. John Mattoon and his wife Thankful Stebbins came from Northfield, Massachusetts, to Worthington, Ohio, in 1802. John Mattoon's brother, Nathaniel, and wife Althea Field, went from Northfield, Massachusetts to Vershire, Vermont, in 1790. In 1837, Seth, son of Nathaniel and Althea Mattoon, who had settled in Madison County, New York, shortly after his marriage to his second wife Louisa C. Sawyer of Templeton, Massachusetts, sent back to Vermont for four brothers and their families and went by the Erie Canal from Canastota, New York to Buffalo; from there by Lake Erie to Cleveland, and from there by the Ohio Canal to Newark; thence on the "Post Road" to Worthington to the home of their uncle, John Mattoon. The brothers were Seth, Ancil, Luman, Jesse and Israel. Luman returned to Vermont; Seth settled near Central College; Jesse and Israel spent their lives in Dublin; Ancil lived in Worthington and died in Eddyvile, Iowa.

A sketch of this nature precludes a full elaboration of genealogical facts which must form an important part of any biography of Mr. Mattoon. They have, however, been treated at length in other volumes to which reference will be made.

Mr. Mattoon, descendant from a line which includes some of the most distinguished characters of American and Anglo Saxon history, has in all his activities well fulfilled the tradition which is his heritage. He has eagerly accepted the responsibilities of citizenship, and has addressed every task with energy and thoroughness.

N. B. See Vol. 2. Abridged Compendium of "American Genealogy First Families of America;" "History of Ohio," Charles B. Galbreath; "Ohio State University Quarterly," 1912; "Leading Creeks," 1915; "Biographical Directory of Railway Officials of America;" "Who's Who in Engineering," "The Sigma Pi Book," 1923; "Makers of Southern Ohio," 1927; etc.

From:
History of Franklin County, Ohio
By:Opha Moore
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka - Indianapolis 1930


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