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PostPosted: Mon Oct 02, 2006 12:46 pm    Post subject: VESTA BRIDGE MATTHEWS Reply with quote

Olean Times Herald.....Thursday, July 28, 11........ACTIVE
Women's Editor.......Ceres....."If you live to be 65, you will be lucky," a
doctor once told Mrs. Vesta Bridge Matthews of the Kings Run Road. She
had wanted to be a missionary, but the doctor wouldn't give her a "clean bill
of health." She chuckles as she notes how wrong were the several doctors
she had been to through the years, since she as outlived nearly all of
them.>>>>>>>The active and personable widow, who will become a
nonagenarian on August 1, will be honored at an Open House celebration
Sunday. The festivities will be at the home of her son, Vincent Matthews,
Kings Run Road, from 2 to 5 p.m.>>>>>>>>Vesta Bridge Matthews was
born August 1, 1887, at Bell Run, Pa. She recalled that she recently
revisited the area, with her son, but found few reminders of the area that it
once was. She lived there until she was six.>>>>>>>She attended Olean
High School while living with an uncle and taught school for two years in
Ceres Township before attending Clarion Normal School (now Clarion State
Teachers College) in Clarion, Pa., where she completed the junior work in 15
weeks.>>>>>>>While teaching in the one-room schoolhouses at the Upper
Bell Run and Lower Bell Run schools, she recalls traveling to and from with
a horse and buggy, and in winter, by a horse and cutter. She smiled as she
recalled one time her horse was "wading" through the deep snow as the first
on the road (there were no snowplows to keep the highways clear then) and
he turned his head around and looked at her and gave a big sigh, as much
as to ask if that trip was really necessary!>>>>>>>Reminiscing about her
earlier days, she noted that when she was about 8 she lived in Rixford where
her father was working and attended two Sunday schools each Sunday--one
in the morning and one in the evening. She has been teaching Bible study
groups rather consistently since she was 16 and still has a Ladies Bible
Study which she teaches once a month.>>>>>>>She noted that she had
read the Bible through before she was 16 and has read it through over 50
times to date. She still prefers the King James Version but also likes the
Amplified Version and her Thompson Chain Reference Bible. She has been
a member of the Ceres (United) Methodist Church for 74 years and is still an
active member.>>>>>>>On April 28, 1908, she was married to Frank A.
Matthews, who died June 7, 1961. They were married in the Ceres Methodist
Church parsonage--famous for being situated in both New York and
Pennsylvania. They had to "be careful" that they were married in the
"Pennsylvania end" as their marriage license was from
Pennsylvania!>>>>>>>Mr. Matthews did lease work for many years and
farmed on Taylor Brook Road. They resided in the house now occupied by
her granddaughter. She lived in Ceres for 11 years after her husband died,
before moving to her present home five years ago.>>>>>>>The couple had
three children, Vincent, who is hosting the Sunday event; the late Wayne,
who died during World War ll, and a son who died in infancy. She has three
grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.>>>>>>>Mrs. Matthews, who
resides in a mobile home near her son, keeps busy with sewing quilts by
hand (she has made over 50 quilts and quilted afghans, "specializing" in
baby quilts), and working in her flower beds around her trailer. She also does
some canning during the summer.

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