ROBERT E. METCALF, farmer, P. O. New Grand Chain, was born in Calloway County. October 23, 1849, a son of Thomas F. and Jane A. (Graham) Metcalf (see sketch of J. A. Metcalf elsewhere). Robert came to Pulaski County with his parents in 1852, and here received his early education. He took up farming for an occupation, and has always been thus engaged. His present farm consists of 160 acres, which is given to farming in its various branches. He is also the proprietor of a portable saw-mill, which he intends to move around and do custom work in this line. He was married in 1872 to Elizabeth A. Ranney, a daughter of William Ranney (deceased). This union has been blessed with one child — William W., born in 1875. Mr. Metcalf is a member of the A.. F. & A. M., Grand Chain Lodge, No. 660, and also K. of H. In November, 1881, he was elected to the office of Justice of the Peace, to serve four years. Politically, he is a Democrat.
Extracted 02 Nov 2014 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V - Biographical Sketches, pages 307-308.