Etc. -- Robert Matheson's 1917 obituary
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A lightly edited transcript of a page 7 article in the 6 Dec 1917 Simcoe Reformer newspaper.

Late Robert Matheson

On 25 Nov 1917 at Chicago, Robert Matheson, B.A., an old-time resident of Simcoe, passed to the life beyond. Mr. Matheson was born in Kirkaldy, Scotland, in 1833, being at the time of his death in his 83rd year. 

He was one of a family of 12 children, of whom seven were born in Scotland, and five in Simcoe. 
Walter Matheson of Vancouver is the only surviving member of the family.

The family came from Scotland to Simcoe in 1842, the ocean passage occupying a period of 10 weeks. 

Mr. Matheson was a student of the Simcoe Grammar School, of which George M. Evans was principal. Competing his course, he entered Toronto University, and in 1856 obtained his degree and the gold medal for proficiency in natural science. 

He then for a short time taught in the Olds school, near Simcoe, and then for quite a number of years was principal of the Grammar Schools at Milton, Berlin, Chatham and Napanee.

He next engaged in journalistic work, owning successively The Milton Champion, St. Catharines News and Clinton News Era.

About 1880 he moved to Chicago where he owned and edited the Chicago Canadian-American.

Nature had favored him with a remarkably fine constitution, and all his life, up to the day of his passing, he was physically and mentally as active as when in his youth he beat Lewis O'Connor in a foot race over the Long Bridge 67 years ago.

From his youth he was a man of pure mind and high ideals, strongly imbued with the love of his fellowmen. This made him what he was -- a boy at heart all his long life.

In politics he took an active part and was, logically, a Liberal, but in the past month or two his sympathy was strongly in favor of the new Union Win-the-War Government.

Mr. Matheson leaves a widow, two sons and three daughters, all residents of Chicago.

He was for over half a century a member of the Masonic Order and was an ardent believer in the doctrines of Swedenborg.

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