Creator

Date Original

1896

Description

This collection contains a letter written by James E. Matthews to Southern Building and Loan Company on St. James Hotel letterhead.

Biographical/Historical Note

James E. Matthews was born in Illinois and moved to Corning, Arkansas in 1879. He built and operated one of the first telephone systems in Corning. Matthews also owned and operated the St. James Hotel which became widely known for its slogan, "This Hotel Has as Good as Salt and Toothpicks as Any Hotel." Matthews served as Sheriff of Clay County from 1910 to 1911 when he moved with his family to Little Rock because the city offered better educational opportunities for his daughter. Matthews died in Little Rock in 1935.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

Geographical Area

Corning, Clay County (Ark.); Little Rock, Pulaski County (Ark.)

Language

English

Identifier

SMC.037.049

Resource Type

Text

Collection

James E. Matthews letter, SMC.037.049

Publisher

Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

James E. Matthews letter, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.

Rights

Use and reproduction of images held by the Arkansas State Archives without prior written permission is prohibited. For information on reproducing images held by the Arkansas State Archives, please call 501-682-6900 or email at state.archives@arkansas.gov.

Disciplines

United States History

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