Partner Charlotte Templeton

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Westminster Memorial Park Westminster, Orange County, California, USA

Helen Grosvenor Mathewson (August 7, 1876 - February, 1972) was an American librarian. Charlotte Templeton and Helen Mathewson shared living quarters throughout her life, and Mathewson was known and accepted by those who knew them well as Templeton's lover, even if never explicitly acknowledged as such. The two women had met in Nebraska, had share a cottage in Lincoln (still standing, complete with romantic rose-trellis) and every subsequent career move of Templeton was accompanied by the secutirng of suitable employment for Matthewson, a cataloger.

Helen Grosvenor Mathewson was born in 1876 in Winnebago, Nebraska, to Charles Payson Mathewson (1847-1941), government agent of the Winnebago and Omaha Indian reservation, and Henrietta Meredith Coon (1854-1888). Mathewson graduated at the Norfolk, Nebraska, High School in 1894. In 1900 she was financial clerk in the Indian Agency Service, where her father was agent.

In March 1919, following the death of Juliet M. Vore due to influenza, Mathewson, since at that time reference librarian and cataloger in Lincoln, Nebraska, took over the work of the travelling libraries. In December 1919, Templeton, who had been Secretary of the Nebraska Public Library Commission for 13 years, resigned to accept a similar position in Georgia. Mathewson left as well to become Templeton's assistant. In the 1930 she lived in Greenville, South Carolina, where she was circulation manager of the library. At the time of her death, in 1972 at 95 years old, she was living at Long Beach, California.

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