MATTHEWS

HOWARD DEMMITT MATTHEWS, WHEELING

From: West Virginians
Published by The West Virginia Biographical Association, 1928

Submitted by Linda Fluharty.

     Howard Dimmitt Matthews is a member of the law partnership of Handlan, Garden & Matthews, a well-esteemed firm of Wheeling, W. Va. He is a young man but has already been given posts of high responsibility in several spheres. From May, 1922 to May, 1924 he was assistant U. S. Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia. In 1923 he served as president of the Kiwanis Club of Parkersburg, W. Va.; he is at present a director of the Kiwanis Club of Wheeling. In 1920 he was Post Commander of Parkersburg Post No. 15, American Legion, in 1921 was state representative from West Virginia on the National Executive Committee of the American Legion; in 1923 was Grand Chef de Guerre of the "40 & 8" of West Virginia. In May, 1927, was, elected to the Board of Commissioners of the Triadelphia School District.
     Mr. Matthews began the practice of law in 1919, following 22 months' service as an officer of the U. S. Army during the World War. He has practiced in Wheeling since May, 1924. He was born in Greely, Iowa, July 25, 1892, son of John C. and Helen (Dimmitt) Matthews, and attended Greely High School. In 1911 be completed the Normal Course at Upper Iowa University and for three years thereafter was principal of the schools at Wancoma, Iowa. In 1917 he received the degree LL.B from the Law College of the State University of Iowa at Iowa City, Iowa.
     Mr. Matthews was among the earliest volunteers for World War service, enlisting May 13, 1917. He attended the first officers' training camp at Fort Snelling, Minn., and was commissioned a first lieutenant of cavalry. He was later commissioned by transfer a first lieutenant of field artillery and assigned to duty with Company C, 313th Ammunition Train, 88th Division. On March 19, 1918, he was promoted to Captain of Field Artillery and sailed for France in August, 1918, as Supply Officer of the 313th Ammunition Train. He served overseas with the rank of Captain until February 12, 1919, and arrived in New York on February 22, 1919. He was discharged at Camp Lee, Va., March 11, 1919.
     In September, 1919, Mr. Matthews began to practice law in Parkersburg, W. Va., and had his offices there till May, 1924. It was during this period that he served as assistant U. S. Attorney. On coming to Wheeling he associated himself in his present partnership with J. Bernard Handian and G. Alan Garden. This firm is one of the best known and respected law firms of Wheeling.
     He is a member of the Masonic Orders (32nd degree), Osiris Temple of the Shrine, Elks, Kiwanis, Wheeling Country Club, and the Ohio County, West Virginia State, and American Bar associations.
     Mr. Matthews married, October 27, 1917, Miss Frances Cochran of Parkersburg, W. Va., who was deceased on March 13, 1925. He has four children, Frances Meals, John Cochran, Joseph George and Helen Dorothy.
     Home: 21 Hamilton Avenue, Woodsdale. Office: 1226 Chapline Street.