Over the past 71 years Henry "Harrison Tutt" Matthews has done "a little of everything." At age twelve he opened his own bicycle shop. From 1930-1937, he owned and operated Matthews Coal Company. Then he ventured into the scrap yard business with Consolitated Coal and Salvage and later ABC Wrecking, a nationwide demolition company based in Chicago. Since returning to Champaign in 1963 he worked with
his wife, Iva "Big Honey" Matthews on a series of volunteer projects.
Source: Raymond Bial's In All My Years: Portraits of Older Blacks In Champaign-Urbana, Champaign County Historical Museum, 1983.