Dr. J. W. Calfee, postmaster at Cape Galena, was born in Cooper County. Mo., and in early life learned the ship carpenter's trade, at which he worked until after he was thirty years old. He then took a course in the study of medicine; and graduated in 1867, when he was about thirty-seven years of age. He then commenced the practice of his profession at Linn Creek, Mo., where he remained for about twenty years. and then moved to Cape Galena, Mo., where, in connection with Dr. Finley, he attends to the practice of both places. He built a large storehouse in Cape Galena in 1873, which he rented, in 1878 building a commodious, substantial building, which he now occupies as a store. He has a complete and first-class stock of general merchandise, valued at from $2,500 to $4,000, and buys his goods from the best houses in the city. With the experience the Doctor has he is able, by paying cash, to sell goods under the Wheel stores located in his vicinity. Dr. Calfee was attracted from Linn Creek by the lead interests at that time, and which have since taken new life, under the influence of outside capital, and aside from the store he is interested in mineral lands which are, at the present time, leased out to the Globe M. & S. Co., conducted by Arnold & Davidson, of Versailles, and on which they expect to do considerable developing in the spring. The Doctor has never married. In religion he is very liberal to all denominations, and contributes to all four in his neighborhood. He is a Republican, decidedly; is much against the abuse of liquor, and thinks high taxation the only way to get rid of it. The Doctor gave the place its name, and deservedly, too, as it lies on a small cape almost surrounded by high hills filled with galena, and just south of the village is one of the finest lookout mountains there is to be found along the river.
History of Cole, Moniteau, Morgan, Benton, Miller, Maries and Osage Counties, Missouri, Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1889.