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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

April 2, 1912: Esther Pohl and Colleagues Visit Francois X. Matthieu, 94 Year Old Suffragist

On April 2, 1912, Francois X. Matthieu celebrated his 94th birthday. Esther Pohl, Grace Watt Ross and Elizabeth Eggert visited him and brought him daffodils. In 1843 Matthieu, a French Canadian who worked for the Hudson's Bay Company, had cast the deciding vote supporting the Oregon provisional government at Champoeg. He served in the Oregon legislature in the 1870s and was a prominent citizen of French Prairie.

"Pioneer is Now 94," Oregonian, April 3, 1912, 12.
The Historical Collections & Archives at Oregon Health & Science University has a wonderful image of the visit.

Pohl and her colleagues gained an impressive endorsement that day. The Oregonian reported: "Mr. Matthieu assured the suffragists that he expected to vote for their measure at the coming election."