Matthews, Lomas Kerr
B: 05 Jun 1900, Humboldt, Minnesota
D: 18 Aug 1942, Baseball game Injury. Obituary
Buried: Greenwood Cemetery, Hallock, Minnesota
M: 10 Nov 1923, Stella Johanna Rickenberg b. 08 Apr 1904 d. 14 Oct 1987

FN : George David (Ben) Matthews
MN: Leotte (Lottie) Bethesda Diamond

Stella Johanna Rickenberg
B: 08 Apr 1904
C: 1920, East Emmaus Lutheran Church, rural Kennedy, MN. Confirmed probably by Pastor P. G. Carlstedt
D: 14 Oct 1987, Kirkland, WA
Buried: Greenwood Cemetery, Hallock, MN next to Lomas on South and Lewis & Charlotte Matthew on the North.
FN: Andrew Rickenberg b. 1859
MN: Ellen Johanna Larson b. 1857

Children of Lomas Kerr Matthews and Stella Johanna Rickenberg:

1. B. Deane Matthews
B: 09 May 1924, Humboldt, Minnesota
D: 19 Oct 2002, East Wenatchee,Washington
M: Margaret Weatherhead

2. Dennis L. Matthews
B:
M: Jean Elizabeth Shaler Pope, dau of Marion Yerkes and Wesley S. Shaler and granddaughter of Burl Yerkes. The Yerkes family has been traced in this site back to the 1600's in Pennsylvania.


In the Kittson County Enterprise of April 9, 1921, the following article appeared. "In the races held at the Humboldt Stadium, Edna Woodruff won the three mile event. The boys five mile race was won by Arthur Woodruff. The main event, or the ten mile race, was won by Lomas Matthews. In the April 22, 1921 issue the following article also appeared, "Next Friday several races will be run in the large Humboldt stadium under the management of Eph Clow, former world's champion long distance runner"

Kittson County Enterprise Newspaper article:

HEAD INJURY IN BALL GAME FATAL TO L. K. MATTHEWS

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Was One of County"s Baseball Immortals; Rites to be at Donaldson Friday.

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Lomas K. Matthews, Donaldson, passed away at five o'clock Tuesday morning at the Memorial hospital in Hallock from head injuries sustained in a baseball game played at Karlstad last Sunday afternoon.

Matthews, one of the county's baseball immortals, was captain and catcher for the Kittson County aggregation composed of players from Donaldson, Karlstad and Humboldt. He had been one of the most enthusiastic and one of the best players in this section since he was a boy. Followers of the great national game are deeply moved that the irony of fate should order his untimely demise in so tragic a manner.

It was while catching in the game between the Kittson County club and the Grand Forks Grads at Karlstad last Sunday afternoon that Matthews was struck in the head by a bat. Brought to the hospital, an X-ray examination revealed a fracture of the skull above the right ear and a blood clot. Despite the best medical care, he passed away Tuesday morning.

Surviving are his wife and two sons, B. Deane, and Dennis L., his parents, Mr. and Mrs. George D. Matthews of Humboldt, and a sister, Mrs. Anna Aldrich of South Dakota. To these grief stricken ones is held out the heartfelt sympathies of the entire county in their hour of darkness.

Lomas K. Matthews was born at Humboldt, MN and grew to manhood in that community. He graduated from Humboldt High School and later took a course in telegraphy in Minneapolis. He married Stella J. Rickenberg of Kennedy on November 10, 1923 and the family made their home at Humboldt for many years. For the past few years they have resided at Donaldson where Mr. Matthews was Great Northern Railroad Station Agent. He was forty-two years of age.

A clean cut man, of exemplary habits, Matthews won the esteem of everyone with whom he came in contact. He was a devoted husband and father; a true friend and neighbor.

Funeral services will be held tomorrow (Friday) afternoon from the Donaldson Lutheran Church with Rev. Clara Wagner of Humboldt Methodist Church officiating. Interment will be at Greenwood Cemetery, Hallock.


The North Star News, Karlstad, MN included the followiing in their August 15, 2002 issue:

Out Of The Past

A journey through the files of the North Star News

60 years ago

August 21, 1942

Lomas Matthews, 42, esteemed Donaldson baseball manager and catcher, was hit above his right ear by the backswing of a Grand Forks batter at a game against Donaldson in Karlstad on Sunday and died at the Hallock Hospital on Tuesday morning.

Article sent to the website by: Byron G. Hanson