Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties, State of Washington",  published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.

    IRVING W. MATTHEWS is the owner of the Douglas County Abstract Company and operates the same.  He is one of the leading business men in Waterville, and has wrought very faithfully here for a good many years, having both the approbation of the citizens and the good will and esteem of all who know him.
     Irving W. Matthews was born in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, on August 15, 1857.  His father, Caleb W. Matthews, was born in Vermont, in 1816 and was a minister of the Congregational church.  His father, the paternal grandfather of our subject, was born in Royalston, Massachusetts, while the wife of that venerable patriot was a native of Vermont, coming from a prominent New England family.  Our subject's father married Susan Knight, a native of Maine.  The Knight family was one of the stirring and patriotic families who had fought for American independence.  The grandfather of Mrs. Matthews served in the Revolutionary war, with distinction and the family were able participants in every struggle of the colonies since the settlement of this country.  Our subject's father died in 1895 and his widow now lives in Bay Center, Washington.
     Irving W. passed through the common, graded and high schools, receiving his diploma from the state university at Minneapolis, in 1884.  When sixteen, he came with the family from Wisconsin to Minnesota.  After his graduation having completed a thorough civil engineering course, he took up that business with the railroad, being assistant in various lines and about 1886 went to Broken Bow, Nebraska, where he followed his profession for four years.  In the spring of 1890, he located at Waterville and in partnership with a man, organized the Douglas County Title and Abstract Company, doing therewith a real estate and insurance business.  Two years after, Mr. Matthews bought out his partner and continued the business until 1890, when owing to the heavy increase of transfers, he was obliged to drop the real estate and insurance business and give his entire attention to the abstract work.  Mr. Matthews has the only set of complete abstract and transcript books in the county and is now doing a very large business.  Mr. Matthews is a Republican and has been very active in this realm ever since coming west.  He has been to the county and state conventions and in the fall of 1894 was installed chairman of the county central committee.  Two years later in the same capacity, he was not so fortunate.  He has been justice of the peace and is now school director.  Fraternally, our subject is affiliated with the A. F. & A. M., and the K. of P.
     On March 4, 1886, at Clymer, New York, Mr. Matthews married Miss Arabella Carpenter, a native of Jamestown, New York.  Her father, Warren C. was a native of Vermont and his ancestors came from Ireland prior to the Revolution.  The Carpenter family was allied with the colonists in all their struggles for independence.  Mr. Carpenter married Miss Eliza Berbert, and they have two children, Mrs. Matthews and Willis.  To Mr. and Mrs. Matthews, four children have been born, Willis G., Edith E., Minnie L. and Dorothy H.