PROF. ENOCH W. MATTHEWS, principal of the Steubenville high school, was born in Wells township, Jefferson county, Ohio, January 30, 1856. He is the son of Alexander C. and Mary A. (Wilson) Matthews, who were born and married in Ohio county, W. Va. His father was born February 6, 1818, son of George Matthews and his mother was born September 3, 1820, daughter of Dr. Job Wilson, formerly a prominent physician of Ohio county. They were married May 20, 1841 and had a family of thirteen children, of whom Prof. Matthews was the ninth. Four were sons; and eight are now living. The family located, about 1839, in Wells township, where the mother died February 5, 1886, and where the father still resides. Prof. Matthews was reared in Wells township, laboring upon the farm and attending district school. At eighteen he ventured upon his present profession, and after teaching one term in his home district and another in Tazewell county, Ill., he, at the age of twenty-one, entered the Illinois Wesleyan university, at Bloomington, and attended it one term. In 1877 he entered Bethany college of West Virginia in which completed a full classical course, graduating with honors, in 1881. He also completed a course in civil engineering during the same time. In the fall of 1881 he resumed the profession of a teacher, and in 1884 he accepted the principalship of the Fifth ward grammar school of Steubenville. He held that position two years. For one year following he was assistant principal of the high school, and in the fall of 1888 he was promoted to the position of principal. Prof. Matthews was married, October 21, 1882, to Kerie West, daughter of James and Sarah West, formerly of Brilliant, Jefferson county, Ohio. They have one child, Enoch Lawrence Matthews, born November 4, 1883. Prof. Matthews and wife are members of the United Presbyterian church. He is a member of the Faternal Mystic Circle, and politically he is a republican.
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