May 3, 1877 Petersburg Huntingdon County Pennsylvania, USA
Jan. 2, 1935 Tyrone Blair County Pennsylvania, USA
source: Tyrone Daily Herald, Tyrone, PA, January 3, 1935, page 3. MATTY KIMES. Well Known Dropped Dead Last Evening. Charles Borst, better known as "Matty" Kimes, one of the best known characters in Tyrone and the central counties, died very suddenly in Tyrone last evening at 7:40 o'clock of apoplexy. "Matty" had made his rounds as usual yesterday, visiting here and there in the different business houses. He was happy and carefree as usual, tellling his customary stories in his individual earnest manner. After getting a bite to eat las evening he walked into the hallway of the First National Bank building to get warm. While talking to the elevator caretaker, he was as jovial as ever, but complained of having a cold and that his feet hurt him. He sat down on a step, and almost instantly he gave three gasps, and his life passed out.. Charles Borst, (Matty Kimes) had a legion of friends, not only in Tyrone, but throughout the country districts and in every of the state where firemen's conventions have been held. He never missed a session of this kind and was generally the central figure of attraction. He was sort of a fixture in Tyrone, in fact, for fifty yearshe has been associated with the town.. Charles Borst, (Matty Kimes), was born at Petersburg, Huntingdon county, May 3, 1877, the son of Madison and Louisa Shively Borst. After the death of his father, Mrs. Borst married John Kimes, "Matty" taking his father's given name and his stepfather's last name. His father, Madison Borst, was a soldier of the Civil War, serving his country for four years. Earlier in life, "Matty" was a member of the Sons of Veterans organization of Tyrone. A number of years ago, he united with the United Brethren church.. When Stines' foundry and machine shop were in operation, "Matty" found considerable employment there in his earlier years.. The body was taken to Fuoss and Glass mortuary where it was prepared for burial. Funeral arrangements will be announced in Friday's Herald.. TO THE GOOD PEOPLE OF TYRONE AND VICINITY. "Matty" Kimes died suddenly last night. He lived his life in Tyrone, where he scattered sunshine everywhere he went. He was optimistic, never complained. He was sympathetic and did a good turn whenever the opportunity presented. He didn't have a cent in the world, not even an insurance with which to lay him away. The body was taken to an undertaking establishment, but these people should not be expected to stand the funeral expenses. The county will not help because he not a county charge. Those who knew "Matty", and that includes almost every man, woman and child in Tyrone, would like to see him buried decently and not in a pauper's field or sent to some institution to be used for surgical educational purposes. Subscriptions, large and small, can be left at the post office, Jack McKinney's restaurant or the Herald office. This should have immediate action.. -----------. Source: Tyrone Daily Herald, Tyrone, PA, January 4, 1935; page 3. FUNERAL OF MATTY KIMES SUNDAY AFTERNOON AT 2. The funeral of the late Charles Borst, (Matty Kimes), will be held on Sunday afternoon at two o'clock at the First United Brethren church. Interment will be made in Grandview cemetery. The casket bearers will be members of the Tyrone fire department, two from each of the three companies.. The body has been placed in a casket and can be viewed after seven o'clock this evening at the funeral parlors of Fuoss and Glass, Pennsylvania avenue and Twelfth street.. ---------. Source: The Daily News, Huntingdon, PA, Tuesday, January 8, 1935. Charles Borst. Charles Borst, more familiarly known as "Madison Kimes," one of Tyrone's best known characters, died suddenly Wednesday night of a heart condition. "Matty," as he was best known, had not been in good health the past year but was able to be around and on Wednesday evening was walking about the street, later going to a restaurant for his evening meal. He later went into the hallway in the First National Bank Building and while talking to Ralph Rodgers, the elevator caretaker, he was suddenly taken ill. A physician was called but "Matty" died before he could receive medical attention.. Charles Borst was born at Petersburg, Huntingdon county, on May 3, 1877, the son of Madison and Louisa Shively Borst. Some years after the death of his father, his mother married John Kimes, "Matty" then taking his father's given name and stepfather's surname. His father, Madison Borst, was a veteran of the Civil War, and "Matty" for many years was a member of the Tyrone Sons of Veterans. He was also a member of the First United Brehren church.. The body was taken to the Fuoss and Glass funeral home in Tyrone.. "Matty" had no near relatives, but he had a great host of friends particularly among the members of the Tyrone fire departments and the American Legion, these organizations taking a kindly interest in him and often taking him along to conventions and other gatherings.. "Matty" will not be buried in a pauper's grave, many of his friends yesterday having solicited funds sufficient to provide a suitable funeral and burial in his "own home town.". From the TYRONE HERALD of Fri. 4 Jan 1935: "A Tribute To 'Matty.' - . (Contributed) Central Pennsylvania's most popular fireman is dead! By word of mouth, by telephone and news print the word spread throughout the town. The announcement elicited more than ordinary concern. 'Matty' Kimes was more than just an ordinary fireman. Wherever volunteer fire companies are located in the central section of the state, the name of 'Matty' Kimes is known affectionately. Small groups of firemen, gathered in their respective fire halls in town last night, talked in lowered tones: 'Poor "Matty!"' It was more than just a passing remark. It was all they could say; but, deep in the heart of everyone throbbed the feeling of sincere regret and reverence. To them the name ' Matty' was synonymous with happiness; to them 'Matty' himself was the personification of sunshine. Then, in a reminiscent mood, someone broke the silence: ' Do you remember the story "Matty" told about his 48-cylinder automobile?' Yes, everyone remembered, but, before, it was provocative of laughter; now it was sacred - there was not even a smile - there was silence. After all, how could that story be funny without 'Matty's' own voice to relate it? A familiar figure on Tyrone's streets, ' Matty's' eccentric personality endeared him to everyone. Possessed of an irresistable propensity for exaggerating, it was this very trait that endeared him to the townspeople. Handicapped by a deformity that prevented him employment in gainful occupation, it in no wise prevented his active participation at fires. The shrill sound of the siren that strikes horror in the hearts of some, to 'Matty' was as the strains of music wafted on the breeze. At any fire of any consequence, he invariably was present, vesting himself with his imaginary authority and directing traffic away from the fire zone. No firemen's convention in this district ever escaped the attendance of the diminutive ' Matty.' Without him, the convention would have been dull - at least the local firemen believe. He never failed to win the acclaim of spectators in parades in which he was featured. Disporting a fireman's uniform, of which he was duly proud, 'Matty' was the cynosure of all who lined the streets. A pauper's grave? A surgeon's knife for 'Matty'? It cannot be; it shall not be. The honor of a community is due him. Let it be bestowed upon him. About $50 have been contributed to his burial. A place in the cemetery must be purchased. A grave must be prepared, a casket and burial clothing provided. Contributions are being received at the post office, the Herald office and at Jack McKinney's restaurant.". The Tyrone (PA) Daily Herald, Saturday, Jan. 5, 1935; p3 . More than two thousand people viewed the body of Charles Borst (Matty Kimes) at the Fuoss and Glass funeral parlors last night. The people of Tyrone have been very kind in helping to lay away this friend of everyone. James Scott has very generously opened a vault in the Scott lot in Grandview cemetery. Mr. Carpenter has made a solid concrete lid for the vault. H. H. Gardner furnished a complete burial outfit, consisting of a new suit of clothes, underwear, shirt, collar, necktie, stockings and slippers, while one hundred Tyrone people have contributed money toward the funeral expense. No contributions have been received from out of town. One woman in making a contribution yesterday said, "I want to help bury Matty, because he was so kind to his mother. During the last days of her life, he was up day and night to give her medicine, and to make her more comfortable in bed." Fred Waring telephoned from New York this morning stating that he would stand good for any funeral expense not met. He wanted Matty to have a decent burial. . Many floral pieces have been contributed. . T he body will be taken to the United Brethen church on Sunday afternoon where services will be conducted by Rev. J.S. Colledge. The Otterbein Glee Club and the Fuoss Mills quartette will sing several selections.. NOTE: Fred Waring was a famous musician and bandleader who was originally from Tyrone. .