C. A. Metcalf was first elected mayor of Oberlin in April, 1884 on the Republican ticket. While he was re-elected in 1886, Metcalf faced popular oposition from the Oberlin Prohibitionists Party, who nominated Lyman B. Hall in opposition to Metcalf. Following beneficial outcomes of the new Oberlin Water Works, Mayor Metcalf proposed a system of sewers and paving, Metcalf's years as mayor witnessed important political, social, and community developments within Oberlin.
Source: Wilbur H. Phillips, Oberlin Colony: The Story of a Century (Oberlin, 1933).
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