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Looking Back: Lurline Matson Roth

Lurline Matson Roth, who competed nationally and won many awards for her equestrian skills, and My Joy pose in this 1920s photo.

Ms. Roth's father, William Matson, built a 38-room Tudor-style house on 70 acres along Woodside Road near Bear Gulch Creek, which was eventually named Why Worry Farm, according to a history of Woodside by Thalia Lubin and Bob Dougherty. Lurline bred and trained American saddlebred and harness horses at the farm.

She married William Roth, and in 1936 they bought the 125-acre Filoli estate in Woodside from the William Bourn family, moving there soon after. Lurline lived there until 1973, and the estate was donated to the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1975, according to the local historians.

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