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Thomas B. Matthews. Western Hames Works.

Thomas B. Matthews. Western Hames Works.


July 11, 1848-March 26, 1940

Perry Township

Hame manufacturer, St. Martin's, son of William C. and Mary (Nash) Matthews, was born in Columbia, Hamilton Co., Ohio, July 11, 1848. He was a broom-maker by trade, working chiefly at his trade, chiefly in the winter season. He was married in Columbia, April 20, 1870, and has three children-Lilly M., Jessie P. and Louis H. He was engaged in a hame factory in Linwood several years, and was also engaged in carpentering several years. In October, 1877, he came to this township and rented a building of John Ferris, at Ferristown, where he is now engaged in the manufacture of hames quite extensively; runs a twenty-five horse-power epgine, and has all the latest improvements in the business, and manufactures mostly the heavy draft hames, and employs two or three men continually, besides himself. He manufact-ures annually about thirty thousand pair of harnes. Mr. Matthews is a member of the Odd Fellows society.

Source: A History of Brown County, W.H. Beers & Co. , 1883

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