- Robert M. Mateer attended college at Monmouth, Illinois, before transferring to
Princeton, where he graduated from the University in 1878, and from the
Theological Seminary in 1881. That same year he went to China, where, except
for one brief furlough in the States for reasons of health, he spent the
remainder of his life as a missionary evangelist in southern Shantung province
based at Wei Hsien.
"Of the varied and eminently successful labors of Dr. Mateer, it is impossible
to do more than indicate briefly the apparently more important factors, such as
the founding of the Boys' High School at Wei Hsien; his efficient aid in
securing the funds for the Girls' High School ... together with his active
interest in promoting other forms of educational work for the women and girls
of this large field; his energy and zeal in devising plans for the support of
the Chinese pastorate ...; the founding of numerous churches, and his continual
efforts to secure pastors for them; his untiring efforts toward securing a
properly educated, competent Chinese ministry; ... and the establishment of The
Cities Evangelization Project ..., where some of the ablest Chinese in our
midst, the finest product of our education, secular and religious, have been
put in charge of extensive evangelistic and educational work, and given a free
hand in its development.
"Dr. Mateer was particularly loved and trusted by the Chinese ... between him
and them, lines east and west were obliterated - all were simply servants of
one Master ... His highest honor was the regard in which he was held by our
large body of Chinese pastors and church-workers."
McTeer - Mateer Families of Cumberland County Pennsylvania, Frances Davis
McTeer, 1975, p 112-113.