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.

     MATHIAS J. KELLEY.  This gentleman is a well respected and capable agriculturist, who resides about three miles northwest from Wilbur on land he secured through the right of purchase.  Mr. Kelley has devoted himself steadily to farming since he came to this county in 1898 and has a good place of one quarter section, well improved and productive of good crops.
     Mathias J. Kelley was born in Sullivan county, Missouri, on August 17, 1862, the son of Hon. P. J. and Sarah J. (Warren) Kelley.  The mother was born in Missouri, while the father was born in Lee county, Virginia, in 1837.  He migrated with his people to Missouri when a child and at the breaking out of the Civil War enlisted in Company C, First Missouri Cavalry, but was forced to take his discharge on account of a wound.  He crossed the plains in 1865 and made settlement near Walla Walla.  Here he accumulated a large amount of property and then removed to Milton, Oregon, where he is living at the present time, the owner of a fine estate of both town and country property.  He is a prominent citizen and has been chosen by his acquaintances to represent his district in the state legislature, where he acquitted himself in keeping with his wisdom and ability manifested through a long and successful career.  Mathias J. was educated in the public  schools of the state of Oregon and then began to assist his father on the farm.  For a number of years he was occupied thus and finally in 1898 he came thence to his present place, which he purchased, and settled to farming.
     In 1892, Mr. Kelley married Miss Mary, daughter of William W. and Anna E. (Jones) Davies, who was born in Walla Walla county, on April 17, 1873.  The parents are of Welch descent and her father now resides in California and the mother died in 1879.  To Mr. and Mrs. Kelley there have been born four children, Claud H., Lloyd H., Susie G., and Hugh H.