METCALF, EDWARD P. - The undertakers of today are intelligent men who have been carefully trained in their chosen profession. Not only this, but they must be tactful and possessed of a sympathetic nature which enables them to give to the afflicted, in time of sorrow, the consolation so sorely needed. One of the men who are engaged in this line of work is Edward P. Metcalf. He was born in Macoupin County, Ill., a son of James L. and Elizabeth (Peters) Metcalf, natives of England and Tennessee, respectively.
In 1904, Mr. Metcalf came to Springfield to embark in his present business, and has continued in it ever since. He is prominent in Lodge No. 500, A.F. & A.M., Springfield Chapter R.A.M., Elwood commandery K. T., Sangamon Lodge of Perfection K. of P., Springfield Lodge No. 158, Elks, M.W. of A. No. 1418, and the Court of Honor No. 20. He belongs to the Methodist Church, of which he is an official.
Mr. Metcalf has many friends in Springfield where his services are so often required by those who have met with the heaviest loss life can bring. His equipment is complete in every detail, and he is prepared to furnish everything connected with the last sad services. His tactful, sympathetic manner, and kindly words of condolence have lightened the load of sorrow in many a household, and when he is no longer required in a professional capacity, the family remember him as a highly esteemed friend.