LaSalle County

Louis P. Matchinsky

Ottawa Free Trader

Saturday, Aug. 28, 1886


Louis P. Matchinsky died at his residence on Third street in this city, on Monday evening, at the hour of ten o'clock, after an illness of several weeks' duration.  The first cause of his illness was congestion of the lungs, followed by dropsy of the heart, which was the immediate cause of his death.  Mr. Matchinsky was at the time of his death a little past 46 years of age, having been born in Germany July 18, 1840.  He came to this country at the age of ten, with his father, settling in Philadelphia.  He there learned his trade, and after working at it, became manager of the Flint Words of Storm Ridge.  From there he went to Baltimore and assumed control of the works of Baker Bros., remaining with them eleven years, and then returning to Philadelphia.  From Philadelphia he came to Ottawa July 11, 1882, and became superintendent of the works of the Ottawa Flint Glass and Bottle Co., which position he held at the time of his death.  He served in the rebellion in a Pennsylvania Co., under Gen. Kearney.  He leaves surviving him a wife and four children, three girls and one boy. The boy is his first wife, and the girls are by his second.  The mourning widow is a third wife, a sister to the second.

Mr. Matchinsky was an unusually competent man, thoroughly posted in all the branches of his business.  He was a genial gentleman, and a man of thorough integrity.  He was an ardent democrat in politics, and at the time of his death was a member of the Ottawa Town Democratic Committee.

The funeral occurred on Wednesday from the German Catholic church, and was very largely attended.  Rev. Poetkin officiated.  Mr. Matchinsky's death is a real loss to Ottawa.


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