James L. Metcalf


JAMES L. METCALF, the subject of the following sketch, was born in Hagerstown, Washington County, Maryland, August 26, 1857, a son of William E. and Sarah (Hammerslay) Metcalf, whose ancestors were among the early settlers of the state of Maryland. His mother died when he was about the age of eleven years, shortly after which he left Maryland and came to Irwin, Pa., where he was employed in brick and coal works for some time; then, learning the carpenters' trade, he came to Steubenville, O., in 1881, to Viola Martin, a daughter of William B. and Emeline (Wallace) Martin and located in Allegheny City, Pa., working at the carpenters' trade during that time. Returning to Toronto, Jefferson County, Ohio, in 1887, he started in the lumber and building business with John W. Cooper and J. O. Goodlin, in 1888, with whom he was associated for four years, after which time he and A. F. Taylor started the lumber and building firm known as the Toronto Building & Lumber Company. Mr. Taylor was only connected with the company about one year until his death, since which time Mr. Metcalf continued in the business. Mr. Metcalf, besides being a business man and builder of noted ability, is also a good architect, having planned the Toronto High School Building, the First Presbyterian Church, which is conceded to be the most beautiful church building in the Eastern Ohio Presbytery, besides the United Presbyterian and Greek Catholic Churches. Mr. Metcalf has planned and built most of the good residences and business houses in Toronto, besides a number of the best residences in Steubenville and other places. Mr. and Mrs. Metcalf are members of the Methodist Protestant Church and have always taken an active part in church and temperance work. Always interested in politics, Mr. Metcalf was elected and served two terms as water works trustee; he has been a member of the Board of Education for the last three years, two years of which he has been president of the board. Mr. and Mrs. Metcalf are great believers in education, having had six children, all of whom are being taught music, besides receiving other schooling. Lyndale M., the oldest, a graduate of the Toronto High School and the Steubenville Business College, is now pipe organist at the M. P. Church and head bookkeeper at the Kaul Clay Manufacturing Company's works; Jay L., Jr., a graduate of the Toronto High School, is now a student at Adrian College, Michigan; Emeline, the only daughter living, is a senior and John W. is a sophmore, in the Toronto High School; Isabel, deceased, and Paul C., the youngest, complete the family. Mr. Metcalf is a member of the Masonic fraternity and the Knights of Pythias lodge. Mrs. Metcalf is also a member of Eastern Star.

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