March 2011
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Elmore Cattleman Has Cast Iron Community Reputation

Chet Matthews also known as tireless worker and problem-solver for county schools


At left, Chet Matthews dis-plays his Dutch oven skills by making mouth-watering biscuits during a demon-stration at Fort Toulouse in Wetumpka.

Whether it’s cattle or cooking, carpentry or construction, Chet Matthews is ready to go when the phone rings or e-mails arrive from folks needing his help.

When that happens, it isn’t unusual for him to set aside what he might be working on at the time to become a volunteer.

Most of the time, he’s either "riding the range" at his family’s cattle operation in Elmore County or at the county’s public school system where he works in the maintenance department.

When he’s not involved in those activities, he might be handing out turkeys to help the poor during the holidays or taking part in catfish round-ups.

March is a golden month for Matthews who turns 50 and hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down. As far as he’s concerned, the next challenge is a good way to do what he can to help others.

"I just like to stay busy," he said. "I’ve been like that since I was a kid."

One of his newest activities involves Dutch oven cooking and his creations prove he can handle that with ease, too. His cast iron creations range from steaks to biscuits to peach cobbler and lots more.