Biography of Charles Metcalfe
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CHARLES METCALFE, Superintendent of the Public Schools of Mohave County, was horn in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1855. His father, Henry Metcalfe, served in the Mexican War, was afterward captain of a steamboat on the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, and died in 1855. His mother, whose maiden name was Agnes Purvis, of Scotch descent, is well and active, though seventy five years of age. She makes her home in Ohio. When but a child Charles went to Missouri, where he saw many of the stirring events of the Civil War: at twenty one he went to the lead mining regions of Southwest Missouri, was one of the first settlers of Webb City, and when it was incorporated was the first City Treasurer. Pushing further west, he went to Harper County, Kansas, and was publishing a newspaper at Anthony when the county was organized. In 1880 he followed the Santa Fe Railroad into New Mexico, where he remained for eleven years, engaged in mining and newspaper work. He was married in Las Cruces in 1885, and has three children, two girls and a boy, now grown. His next move was to the Pacific coast, where he spent five years between Los Angeles and Puget Sound, but the magnet of the great Southwest brought him to Arizona seventeen years ago, and he located in Kingman, which has since been his home. He platted Metcalfe's Addition to the city, which is now a part of Kingman. Under Territorial government Mr. Metcalfe was elected and served as Probate Judge of Mohave County, and at the first State election was chosen to his presert position. He is a member of the Masonic order, and Past Exalted Ruler of Kingman Lodge of Elks. He is the principal owner of the Great Eastern group of mines. While Mr. Metcalfe can hardly he reckoned among Arizona's pioneers, he is endorsed with the true pioneer's instincts, broadened and developed in his various experiences in the several States of which he has been a pioneer, and with every faith in the future of the State which he has chosen for his permanent residence, has taken as a homestead a splendid tract of land in the beautiful Wallapai Valley, three miles from Kingman.

From:
Who's Who in Arizona
Vol 1
Compiled and Published by Jo Conners
Press of The Arizona Daily Star
Tucson, Arizona 1913


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