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William John Matthews

Posted 2015-09-25 by Robert W Sebro ::
DEATH OF WILLIAM J. MATTHEWS 30 MAR 1923 William J. Matthews died at his home , corner Hopkins avenue and Monarch street, at 8:00 o'clock this morning, after an illness of about two years. Willian John Matthews was born in Tavistock, Devonshire, England fifty-one years ago. He came to the United States when 16 years old and located in aspen in 1890. He was married in Aspen in 1898 to Miss Joosie Wheeler. He is survived by a widow, three children, Fred, June and Robert Matthews and three sisters in England. On coming to Aspen Mr. Matthews went into the mines and was widely known as a miner and leaser in the district. He was a member of the lical lodges of Odd Fellows, Woodmen of the World and Fraternal Order of Eagles. No arrangements have yet been made for the funeral. Mr. Matthews was well and favorably known to all our people. He was a public spirited citizenand engaged in all activities for community betterment. Universal sympathy will be extended to the widow and children of the deceased. A subsequent issue states: "The funeral services over the remains of the late William J Matthews were conducted yesterday afternoon at the home corner Monarch and Hopkins, Rev Philip D. Norvell officiating assisted by the members of Aspen area No. 184, Fraternal order of Eagles, Maroon Camp No.14, Woodmen of the World and Aspen lodge No.59, Independant Order of Odd Fellows, of which fraternal orders deceased was an honored member. At least 200 fraternal brothers were present, together with as many more frends and neighbors to pay their last respects to a man who was admired in life by all those who knew him. After the service the funeral cortege winded its way to Red Butte cemetery where interment was made in Eagles' plot, that society conducting its beautiful burial ceremony."

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