From: The Storied Province
of Quebec Past and Present
Ed. Col. William Wood, Dominion Publishing Company, Limited, Toronto 1931
JOHN MATTHEWS WOLFERSTAN THOMAS—As a manufacturer and advertiser, John Matthews Wolferstan Thomas is reckoned one of the important business factors of Montreal. He is managing director of Meyer-Thomas, Ltd., box makers, and associated with well-known advertising enterprises. His large business interests and heavy responsibilities do not limit his participation in general affairs, however, and seem only to stimulate his spirit of good citizenship.
Mr. Thomas was born in Montreal, October 6, 1877, son of Francis Wolferstan Thomas and Harriet Amelia Goodhue. Liberal educational opportunities were his, for he was sent to Bishop's College School at Lennoxville and to McGill University, which bestowed on him in 1898 the degree of Bachelor of Arts.
His business career began with the company he now serves as managing director and the association has continued unbroken since 1901, with the management in Mr. Thomas' hands since 1903. He is also managing director of Williams-Thomas, Ltd., outdoor advertisers, in which his associate is Herbert Andrew Williams, and he is vice-president of the Canadian Poster Company, Ltd., of Montreal. Mr. Thomas belongs to the Montreal Board of Trade, the Canadian Manufacturers' Association, The Poster Advertising Association of Canada, of which he is president, the Montreal Publicity Association, and as a member he takes an active part in the program of St. David's Welsh Society and that of the Art Association.
His humanitarianism is evidenced by his place on the board of governors of the Montreal General Hospital and that of the Children's Memorial Hospital, as well as by his services as president of the Verdun Protestant Hospital. He is vice-president of the Montreal Dispensary, and vice-president of the Province of Quebec Safety League. His clubs are the University of Montreal Club, the Royal Montreal Golf Club, the St. Denis Club, the Isleway Club, the Beaconsfield Golf Club, the North Fish and Game Club, the Chapleau Club, St. George's Club, Canadien Club, the Automobile of Canada Club, and the Montreal Jockey Club. His favourite forms of recreation are golf, bowling and fishing. His political views are those of the Liberal party, and his religious faith is Anglican.
On June 21, 1903, John Matthews
Wolferstan Thomas married Lotta Stevens Nelson,
daughter of the late F.E. Nelson. The family
resides at No. 900 Sherbrooke Street West.
His brother Harold Wolferstan Thomas