The Diary of Henry F. Metcalf

Diary #6 of my collection has been transcribed and posted! I have two diaries of Henry Metcalf. This is the first, from 1935 Pennsylvania. The second is from 1945 and will be posted laster this year. I have yet to add the list of other names mentioned in the diary… there were a LOT! His personal writings could be a comprehensive list of deaths in the area. I’ve added a PDF of the diary that can be downloaded and searched for names of people and places.

Henry F. Metcalf was born in the mid-1850’s in Pennsylvania. He was married to Pamelia Benedict Metcalf, “Granny” as she is referred to in his diary. They lived most, if not all, of their lives in Tunkhannock, Wyoming Co., Pennsylvania. I have not done extensive research on his family. But daughters, grandchildren, and other relatives are mentioned throughout his pages. He ran the Metcalf museum, filled with interesting items he purchased while traveling (almost daily). The museum was opened, based on my research, the year after this diary.

Here’s one article about the museum from the Wyoming County Press Examiner: http://wcexaminer.com/news/metcalf-museum-seen-as-once-host-of-lost-treasure-1.1652945

Here’s a sample page from the diary that illustrates a typical travel day and purchases:
Scan 60

One thought on “The Diary of Henry F. Metcalf

  1. Mr. Henry F. Metcalf is my grandfather Henry Metcalf’s grandfather. I have wonderful pictures of him and the family.

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