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J.E. Mathews

J.E. MATHEWS

Manager of Ordnance of the Bethlehem Steel Company, and City Commissioner, was born January 29, 1876, in Olney, Illinois. He is the son of J.E. and Martha (nee Antle) Mathews. He received his education in the Olney Public School and the Illinois State University, afterwards graduating from the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis. He spent two years in the navy after graduation at the Academy, and in 1901 entered the employ of the Ordnance Department of the Steel Company in the capacity of engineer, which position he held until 1908 when he was sent to London, England, where he was in charge of the company’s European business until 1913, when he again returned to Bethlehem and became manager of Ordnance in charge of all the gun, ammunition, and armor-plate business of the company which is the government’s best ordnance asset. Mr. Mathews has devoted his time entirely to the development of this part of the company’s business, and that he has been successful is shown by the large number of contracts that the Allies placed with the company. Mr. Mathews is a public-spirited citizen, whose popularity was shown at the November election when he was selected as one of the first city commissioners. He is an active member of the Chamber of Commerce, Bethlehem Club, University Club, Lehigh, Northampton, and Sea View Country Clubs, India House, of New York; Army and Navy Clubs of Washington, D.C., and New York. On June 6, 1905, he married Caroline Amelia Myers, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. George H. Myers, and has a beautiful home located at No. 409 Market Street.

 


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Thomas F. Rowan

THOMAS F. ROWAN

Commissioner and Director of Public Safety, was born in South Bethlehem, December 14, 1870, and received his education in the public schools. For sixteen years he was employed in the Bethlehem Steel Company as a machinist. In 1901 he was appointed mercantile appraiser for Northampton County. For two terms he was a member of the South Bethlehem Board of Education and for many years served as Democratic Ward Committeeman. He was active in the Red Cross, Y.M.C.A., and K. of C. War Fund Campaigns, and was Major for the South Bethlehem division during the consolidation campaign for the Greater Bethlehem. He is also chairman of the Committee on Civilian Service and Labor of the Bethlehem Public Safety Committee. Mr. Rowan is the proprietor of the Hotel Linden at Third and Linden Streets, South Bethlehem, which business he has conducted with credit to himself and the community. He is a member of South Bethlehem Lodge of Elks. After much persuasion Mr. Rowan was urged to be a candidate the City Commissioner at the primaries and his strong personality was shown in the handsome vote he received. At all times a friend of the poor and needy, Mr. Rowan is always ready to aid charitable organizations in a quiet way. He is treasurer of the site fund of the Playground Association, which secured a permanent recreation spot on Sand Island.

 

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