Biography of George A. Steele
Marion County, IA Biographies





GEORGE A. STEELE.
For the past half century George A. Steele has resided in the same locality in Knoxville township, and is known as a prosperous general farmer. He was born in Jefferson county, Pennsylvania, August 31, 1854, a son of Charles and Amy (Delp) Steele. The father spent his boyhood and youth in Union county, Pennsylvania, where his parents both passed away. His father was Andrew Steele, a journeyman blacksmith, who also owned and operated a farm. Charles Steele was one of a family of four sons and three daughters, all now deceased. He was married in Pennsylvania and subsequently removed to Marion county, Iowa, where he operated a blacksmith shop for a number of years and where he also owned land. In religious faith he was a Baptist. He passed away on the 26th of February, 1889, when more than fifty nine years of age. His ancestors were German and Irish. His wife was born in Middlesex county, Pennsylvania, of German parentage, a daughter of George and Sarah Ann (Swartslander) Delp, who were living in Jefferson county, Pennsylvania, at the time of her marriage to Mr. Steele. She was likewise a member of the Baptist church and died on the 14th of May, 1914, when eighty years of age. To Mr. and Mrs. Charles Steele were born ten children, of whom the subject of this review is the fourth in order of birth. Five survive, the others being two sisters living in Oklahoma, a sister in Montana, and a brother, William, who is a resident of Hot Springs, South Dakota.

George A. Steele was ten years of age when brought by his parents to this county and grew to manhood here. Under the instruction of his father he learned the principles of agriculture and also the trade of blacksmithing, and since reaching manhood has followed these occupations, devoting the greater part of his time to farming. However, he still does his own blacksmith work, such as horse shoeing. Early in life he was taught the value of promptness and industry and he has founded his success upon his energy and determination. He owns two hundred and fifty acres on sections 17 and 18, Knoxville township, his land comprising his father's homestead on section 18. As he is but five miles west of Knoxville, he has a good market for his grain and stock and this adds to the value of his property.

Mr. Steele was married on the 21st of August, 1874, to Miss Eleanor Noles, a native of Hancock county, Illinois, born on the 16th of October, 1852, and a daughter of James and Caroline (Brownlee) Noles, residents of Illinois. The Noles family removed to the Prairie state in pioneer times from Ohio and the Brownlees emigrated there from Pennsylvania. James Noles was a soldier in the Mexican war and after the Civil war went to Pike's Peak, to which he had previously made two trips, and he lost his life there. He was also a blacksmith by trade. His widow died at the home of a son in Colorado about two decades ago at sixty five years of age. Mrs. Steele is one of seven children and has four brothers living. She, however, is the only one of the family who resides in this county. To Mr. and Mrs. Steele have been born five children: Jessie, the wife of Mark Jacobs, of Saskatchewan, Canada ; Edna, who married John Kelly, a farmer of Knoxville township, a sketch of whom appears elsewhere in this work; Ada, the wife of Fred Harvey, a teamster of Dallas, this county; Charles, a farmer of Knoxville township, who married Miss Anna Gardner, by whom he has two children; and Howard, who married Miss Nora Sutherland and is operating a part of his father's farm.

Mr. Steele is a republican and his allegiance to that party has never wavered, as he is convinced of the soundness of its policies. A half century of continuous residence here has made him quite an authority on the history of the county, and his active and honorable life has won for him many true friends, who hold him in the highest esteem.

From:
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
Vol II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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