Monday, July 10, 2017

Newspaper Article Honoring William D. Mathews, (1855-1935), Editor of the State Republican at Little Rock, Arkansas

Newspaper clipping with photograph of W. D. Mathews, editor of the State Republican at Little Rock, Arkansas.  Transcript farther below.

The clipping was found tucked in a Bible that belonged to Samuel Bailey and wife Dolly (Newton) Bailey of Vermont, passed on to their daughter Sarah (Bailey) Pattee, wife of Truman Pattee, of Grundy County, Iowa.  I'd interested in knowing the connection between the parties, if any.

From brief online research, hopefully correct - corrections and additions requested:

William Daniel Mathews was born October 2, 1855 at Ellery, Illinois, the son of Samuel R. Mathews and Celia (Packer) Mathews.  On April 16, 1876 at Oshkosh, Wisconsin, William married Emeline Thornton, daughter of Bowler Thornton and wife Hannah (possibly Blackmer or Blackburn).   Emeline was born in Ontario, Canada, on August 20, 1853.

William and Emeline would live in Wisconsin, Nebraska, Arkansas and Tennessee.  They had five children.  Emeline died in 1927 and William in 1935.  They're buried in the Memorial Park Cemetery at Memphis, Tennessee.

If you have corrections and/or additions to the information above, please leave a comment or contact me directly.


W. D. Mathews, editor of the State Republican

The "old man" has on several occasions expressed disapproval of allowing a portrait of himself to appear in the columns of the State Republican, but during his absence at the "annual conference" of the Arkansas Press Association at Hot Springs, a most excellent engraving has been made from his photograph and it is here produced with these comments by an outside friend, who feels licensed under the circumstances to say just what he pleases.

Mr. Mathews was born at Ellery, Stephenson county, Illinois, October 2, 1855; was married to Miss Emeline Thornton at Oshkosh, Wis., April 16th, 1876.  Five children - two sons and three daughters - have been born to them, the eldest now 22 and the youngest 10 years of age.

Since his 19th year Mr. Mathews has been engaged in the newspaper business on his own hook, and in Illinois, Wisconsin and Nebraska he is well and favorably known by the fraternity.  The State Republican, he says, is his pet and it is his greatest ambition to make it a success.  Since coming to Little Rock Mr. Mathews has gained the reputation of publishing the cleanest Republican sheet ever issued from the state capital.  He is a smooth, versatile writer - one whose editorials are logical without being offensive or tiresome, and witty without approaching the line of vulgarity.  These are points that commend the State Republican to favorable consideration, and promise the assurance of a well deserved patronage.

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