October 3, 1935
OBITUARY ~ WILLIAM ANDREW MATTHEWS
William Andrew Matthews, a son of William and Lucy Matthews, was born May 28, 1851 in Grant county, Wisconsin where he grew to manhood. On Jan. 1, 1872, be was married to Miss Louisa Marshall. They came to Iowa in a covered wagon, locating on a farm near Platteville in Taylor county.
Twelve children came into this home, four dying in infancy. The mother died June 13, 1908. The children who survive their father are Alfred J. of Maloy, J. W. of Mount Ayr, F. J. of Delphos, Joe of Winterset, Robert of Clearfield, Mrs. Clarence George of Kellerton, Mrs. Charles Newbern of Maloy and Mrs. A. L. Isaacks of Junction City, Oregon.
In addition to his wife and the eight children, he leaves five aged brother, also 23 grandchildren, 21 great grand-children, and numerous nieces and nephews to mourn his death.
On Dec. 16,1913, he was married to Mrs. Belle Stephens, who died July 8,1927. At the time of this marriage, he moved to Mount Ayr. where be lived until the end came, Sept. 21. 1935, his age being 84 years, 3 months, 23 day.
On November 14,1928, be was united in marriage to Mrs Sarah McClurg, who survives him. When a young man, Mr. Matthews was converted and joined the Methodist Church. He was one of Ringgold county’s most highly esteemed citizens.
All of the children except Mrs. Isaacks were with their father in his closing hours.
Transcription by Lorelie Rusco, December of 2011
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