Ozra Metcalf, now deceased, was born in
Cataraugus County, New York. and when sixteen years of age came to
Lake County, Indiana, being among its early settlers. He found that
pioneer conditions existed here at the time of his arrival, for much
of the land was still unclaimed and uncultivated, and the homes of
settlers were widely scattered, save that here and there a little village had
sprung up and the population was more congested in those districts.
Mr. Metcalf came to Indiana with his uncle and settled in Eagle
Creek township. In 1855 he removed to Cedar Creek township, where he
was engaged in agricultural pursuits up to the time of his death,
covering a period of forty-five years.
Mr. Metcalf was united in marriage to
Miss Clarissa M. Haskin, who was born in Geauga county, Ohio, May
22, 1837. Her father, Abile Haskin, was a native of New York, and
became one of the early settlers of the Buckeye state. His last
days, however, were passed in Michigan, where he died at the age of
fifty-six years. He had married Clarissa Custer, a native of New
York, who died in Lake county Indiana, in her seventy-seventh year.
They where the parents of six children, three sons and three
daughters, all of whom reached mature years, while only two are now
living, the brother of Mrs. Metcalf being Nichols Haskin* who
resides in Kansas. Mrs. Metcalf was the youngest of these children,
and came to Lake county when she was but five years old, with her
mother. Here she has since lived. She was married in 1855, and this
union has been blessed with two daughters and two sons. Clrissa L.
is now the wife of William Northrup, their marriage being
celebrated February 14, 1878, and their children are Loris; Morton O.,
who died October 29 1889; Ora; Lulu; and John O. Byron Metcalf is a
resident famer of Center Creek township. Lottie is the deceased wife
of Fred M. Buckly. Ordel died in infancy.
Politically Mr. metcalf was a life-long
Republican, and belonged to the Methodist Episcopal church,
exemplifying in his life its teachings and belief. He was long a
resident of Lake county, and widly known as a man of unfaltering
honor and inflexiable integrity. He died at the age of seventy-one
years of age, respected by all who knew him. Mrs. Metcalf still owns
a farm of thirty-two acres in Cedar Creek township, also another
tract containing forty-three acres. She likewise has fifteen acres
at Lowell.* in the management of her property she displays good
business ability, and it returns to her a gratifiying income. Her
father was a minister of the Methodist Episcopal church and in that
faith she was reared. She has long been identified with the
denominationed is a most Christian woman.
*Nichols Haskin married the widow of
*Mrs. Metcalf's fifteen acres in Lowell
is now part of the Lowell
Submitted by Jack Childers