Ex-Chief Matthews, Orange, Dead

Ex-Chief Matthews, Orange, Dead

William H. Matthews, who retired as Chief of the Orange, N. J., and who was later Chief of the Greystone State Park Fire Department, died at his home in Orange at the age of eighty-one.

He joined the Orange department as driver in 1878, and in 1906 was elected Chief. Chief Matthews retired in 1922, because of the compulsory retirement age law. In 1912, he was commended by the late Thomas A. Edison for his work at the fire in the Edison plant in East Orange.

When he retired, he became Chief at Greystone State Park, an institution for the insane. He served there for nine years, fought two fires there and when he left, he was presented with a gold badge.

Chief Matthews was a member of the Board of Managers of the New Jersey Firemen’s Home at Boonton, N. J., and of the State Firemen’s Relief.

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