|GEORGE WALLACE METCALF.|
Honored and respected by all, there is no man in
Converse county who occupies a more enviable position in
business and financial circles than George Wallace Metcalf, the
president of the Commercial Bank & Trust Company. This is due not
alone to the success which h( has achieved but also to the
straightforward business policy which he has ever followed. His life
has been directed by principles that neither seek
nor require disguise but will bear the closest investigation in
Northfield, Vermont, January 21, 1855, a son of Aaron Draper and Martha and scrutiny. Mr.
Metcalf comes to the west from New England. He was born Jane
(Chadwick) Metcalf, who were of English descent. The father was a
contractor and builder and in following that pursuit provided for his
George W. Metcalf was educated ,n the public schools of Vermont and the University of Vermont and in the Norwich University. He afterward took up the study of telegraphy and for a number of years was employed as an operator. He came to the west for the benefit of his health in the spring of 1880 and was employed as quartermaster's agent for about two years at old Fort Fetterman. He then turned his attention to commercial pursuits, opening a mercantile house at Fort Fetterman in 1885. There he remained until 1888, when he sold out at that place and established a store at Casper. In the meantime, in 1886, he had also become identified with commercial interests in Douglas, where he conducted a very extensive store under his own name. The business at Casper developed into what is now the Webel Commercial Company, Mr. Metcalf disposing of his interests at Casper two years ago. He was also identified with mercantile interests at Douglas from 1886 until 1909 and through his various connections became a most important factor in the commercial development of eastern Wyoming. In February, 1914, he organized the Commercial Bank & Trust Company, of which he has since been the president and through the intervening period he has largely concentrated his efforts and attention upon the conduct of its business. The policy of the bank is one which has won the support and confidence of the public and the institution has steadily grown. It is strong in its resources, strong in the personnel of its officers and in the financial interests back of it. Mr. Metcalf has also become very extensively engaged in the live stock business and he is now president of the Metcalf & Neely Live Stock Company and president of the Metcalf Land & Live Stock Company, with which interests he has been connected for the past twenty years. The Metcalf live stock interests are among the most extensive and important in the state and the business has been carefully managed and wisely directed by the president, who has recognized and utilized the possibilities for the development of his interests in that connection.
On the 22d of February, 1888, Mr. Metcalf was united in marriage to Miss Susie Webel, of Chicago, and they have two daughters, Mildred and Catherine.
Mr. Metcalf votes with the republican party, of which he has always been a stanch advocate since age conferred upon him the right of franchise. In Masonry he has attained high rank, passing from the blue lodge to the consistory and thus reaching the thirty-second degree of the Scottish Rite. He takes great delight in camera work and has developed superior skill as an amateur. Social and genial in nature, he has won friends wherever he has gone. Wyoming received a valuable addition to its citizenship when Mr. Metcalf decided to ally his interests with those of the state. He has contributed much through mercantile, live stock and banking interests to the upbuilding and progress of Wyoming. Possessing broad, enlightened and liberal-minded views, faith in himself and in the vast potentialities for development inherent in the country's wide domain and specific needs along the distinctive lines of his life work, his has been an active career in which he has accomplished important and farreaching results, contributing in no small degree to the expansion and material growth of Wyoming and from which he himself has also derived substantial benefit.