California Genealogy and History Archives
San Bernardino County and Riverside County
SAMUEL G. MATHEWS. — The name of Mathews is associated with some very successful experiments in alfalfa raising at Arlington Station, and these and other activities have given Samuel G. Mathews a well-deserved position among the prosperous farmers of Riverside County. He is a native of Chillicothe, Missouri, where he was born December 27, 1854, a son of Stephen Mathews, a native of New York and a Union soldier during the war between the North and the South. The family is an old American one, his ancestors having participated in the Revolutionary war, but is of English descent. Stephen Mathews married Mary Harriet Trammell, a native of Kentucky, also of Revolutionary stock, but of Irish descent.
Samuel G. Mathews attended the public schools of Missouri and the Macon City, Missouri, College. His business experiences were many and varied, including the working for a time in the lead mines at Joplin, Missouri, and later farming in the vicinity of Chillicothe. In 1891 he came to Riverside, and was first occupied with orange culture, having had charge for some years of the grove of J. F. Humphrey. About 1898 Mr. Mathews bought his present tract of forty acres, and here he has very successfully raised alfalfa. He is also the owner of some very valuable property at Arlington Station, Riverside. When he began raising alfalfa it took considerable courage to embark in what was still an experimental venture. However, he is a man who likes to strike out for himself, and from the start he has been successful. He feels that the time is not far distant when Riverside will be as far-famed for alfalfa as it now is for oranges, roses and beautiful scenery, and when he makes that statement he knows he is saying a good deal, but in it he is able to give expression to his faith in this crop and the suitability of Riverside climate for its proper cultivation.
He is a republican, and has taken an active part in politics, representing his party at city, county and state conventions and serving on the Central Committees. He has never, however, sought political preferment.
On August 30, 1884, Mr. Mathews married at Chillicothe Miss Margaret Watson Andrews, a native of Illinois, and a daughter of David Andrews, a native of New York. She, too, comes of Revolutionary stock, of Scotch descent. Mrs. Mathews is eligible to the Daughters of the American Revolution, and has several nieces who belong to that organization. She was a school teacher in Indiana and Missouri prior to her marriage, and has taught to some extent since then, having been connected with the schools of Riverside County for twenty years, and at different periods taught in the Riverside district for seven years. For five years she was principal of the Wineville School, and for the last five years has been principal of the Morena School. There are few educators of Southern California who are more highly esteemed, and she is recognized as one of the finest teachers in the state. Mrs. Mathews maintains membership with the Southern California Teachers' Association; with the Woman's Benefit Association; with the Maccabees, and with the Woman's Relief Corps.
Mr. and Mrs. Mathews have two children, Grace and William McKinley Mathews. The daughter was also an educator prior to her marriage to N. F. Ward, of Wooster, Massachusetts, superintendent of the Compton & Knowles Loom Works. Mrs. Ward was educated in the Riverside public schools and the Normal School of Los Angeles. Mr. and Mrs. Ward have one daughter, Polly.
William McKinley Mathews is shipping clerk for the Channel Commercial Company of Riverside. During the World war he enlisted in Company M, but was discharged on account of his heart. Registering in the draft, he presented himself for examination, but again failed to pass. He married Lola Nunns, a native of Missouri, and a daughter of William C. Nunns. William McKinley Mathews has a daughter, Barbara Jane. The family all attend the Arlington Methodist Episcopal Church.
Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011