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James D. Metcalf, cashier of the Shipman Banking Company of Shipman and prominently identified with the business interests of Macoupin county, is a native of Girard, born February 14, 1871. He is a son of James D. and Brunette (Mason) Metcalf, both of whom were born in Kentucky, the mother being a daughter of Dr. George B. Mason. The father was born in 1839 and was a son of William Metcalf, also a native of Kentucky. The grandfather was reared on his father's plantation and removed to Greene county, Illinois, with his family but in 1856 settled in Macoupin county.

James D. Metcalf, the father of our subject, was reared as a farmer's boy and secured his education in the district schools. He engaged in the drug and grocery business for many years at Girard and later organized the State Bank of Girard, becoming quite prominent in the development of that section. In his family were eight children, three of whom died in infancy, the others being: C. H., who is now living at Girard and is an ex-mayor of the city; Jesse M., cashier of the State Bank of Girard; E. Ballie, who married Jesse P. McKnight, of Los Angeles, California, and is now deceased; James D., Jr., the subject of this sketch; and Mabel, a resident of Los Angeles. The mother of these children having died, Mr. Metcalf was married to Mrs. Amy Lowe and to this union one son, Harold, was born. He is connected with the State Bank of Girard.

Mr. Metcalf whose name introduces this sketch was reared in Girard and attended the public schools of that place until fifteen years of age. He then became a student of the Western Normal College at Bushnell, Illinois, and in 1888 matriculated in the University of Illinois at Champaign, from which he was graduated in June, 1893, with the degree of B. S. In 1893 and 1894 he traveled in California, Arizona and Mexico. Upon his return to Girard he spent several months in the Bank of Girard and on May 15, 1895, came to Shipman and assisted in organizing the Shipman Banking Company, of which he has since been director and cashier. The bank is a private institution and has a capital stock of fifteen thousand dollars and a surplus of eight thousand dollars. It does an extensive business with stock-feeders, farmers and dairymen, confining its operations entirely to commercial banking. Mr. Metcalf is also vice president and director of the State Bank of Girard and a member of the board of directors of the State Bank of Fieldon, Jersey county. In addition to his banking interests he is the owner of a highly improved farm near Girard.

On the 16th of October, 1897, Mr. Metcalf was married in Macoupin county to Miss Eugenia Wolfe, who was born November 11, 1877, a daughter of Peyton Lisle and Medora (Young) Wolfe, the former of whom was born November 20, 1843, and the latter March 16, 1856. One child, Eugenia, has been born to Mr. and Mrs. Metcalf. The Wolfe family is well known in Pennsylvania, the grandfather of Mrs. Metcalf coming from that state to Macoupin county at an early day. He settled upon a farm west of Girard. In his family were seven sons, two of whom died in infancy, while James, John, Thomas and George died after arriving at manhood. Peyton Lisle Wolfe, the father of Mrs. Metcalf, was reared in Macoupin county and at the age of nineteen, the Civil war being then in progress, he enlisted in the One Hundred and Twenty-second Illinois Volunteer Infantry, serving in this regiment until the close of the Rebellion. After returning home he took charge of the home place. On November 20, 1874, he was married to Miss Medora Young and shortly afterwards purchased a farm in this county. In 1881 he moved to Kenoma, Barton county, Missouri, and purchased land there but later disposed of it and went to Colorado, where he took up his homestead on government land. In 1888 he returned to Girard where he continued to reside until his death which occurred in 1904. In his family were three children: Geraldine, who is the wife of Ernest Menard Kenna, a wholesale lumber dealer of New York city; Eugenia, now Mrs. James D. Metcalf; and Maude, who married Dr. John W. Kelly, of Springfield, Illinois.

Politically Mr. Metcalf is an adherent of the republican party but not through any desire to seek the honors of emoluments of public office, as his interest is concentrated upon his business affairs. He is a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity of the University of Illinois and also of Shipman Lodge, No. 212, A.F. & A.M. An energetic and progressive business man, he has won an enviable reputation in the financial circles of Macoupin county and his advice is sought by many who are desirous of making save investments. Having been blessed with excellent advantages of education, he has accomplished with comparative ease what often requires many years of labor and close application, and the possibilities in a rapidly developing country for a man of his ambition and energy are very great. In the opinion of his friends there is scarcely a doubt that as the years pass his field of activity and usefulness will be very largely increased.

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