MATHES, GEORGE CURTIS
MATHES, GEORGE CURTIS (1902–1977). George Curtis Mathes, early electronics distributor and manufacturer, pioneer of home air conditioning, son of Lela Mai (Burke) and William Carey Mathesqv, was born at Plainview on October 26, 1902. One of eleven children, his brothers included Burke William and William Carey, Jr.qqv He was a graduate of Plainview High School, 1918, and studied architecture at the University of Texas. He established an early distributorship for Philco radio products in Amarillo, the Mathes Company, and moved to Fort Worth prior to World War II. Following the war this company became Mathes Coolers, manufacturer of fans, evaporative coolers, and room air conditioners, the first popular line of these products offered in Texas, and later in the western United States. He also manufactured furniture by contract and high-quality cabinetry for his own products. In 1957 he established the Curtis Mathes Corporation, the only family-owned company of its kind, manufacturing high fidelity entertainment systems and black-and-white and color television distributed throughout the United States. The firm had factories in Athens, Dallas, Houston, and in Benton, Arkansas, Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Toa Alta, Puerto Rico, and St. Kitts, BWI. His name became well-known in home entertainment systems throughout the western U.S. A resident of Arlington for almost thirty years, he was active in charitable projects in the Metroplex area. He was a member of the Methodist Church and on May 1918 married Gladys Speer. They had two sons and a daughter, who became executives of the Curtis Mathes Corporation. Mathes retired to Escazú, Costa Rica, in 1975 and died there on February 22, 1977. He and his wife are buried in the Cementerio de Escazú.
Image Use Disclaimer
All copyrighted materials included within the Handbook of Texas Online are in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 related to Copyright and “Fair Use” for Non-Profit educational institutions, which permits the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), to utilize copyrighted materials to further scholarship, education, and inform the public. The TSHA makes every effort to conform to the principles of fair use and to comply with copyright law.
For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml
If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.
The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.Handbook of Texas Online, W. Michael Mathes, "Mathes, George Curtis," accessed July 27, 2016, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fmahd.
Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.