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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 Thomas Childers
*Mrs. Metcalf's fifteen acres in Lowell is now part of the Lowell
Submitted by Jack Childers
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