Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing
Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties, State of Washington",
published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
CALVIN R. STEELE is the efficient
and successful manager of the Hayden Lumber Company at Hartline.
He has won his present prominent position among business men of this town
by industry and manifestation of ability. He is one of the leading
citizens of this part of Douglas county.
Calvin R. Steele was born in Burlington, Iowa,
on April 25, 1872. When an infant, he was adopted by his grandparents,
Samuel and Rebecca Steele, to be raised and remained in their family until
he reached manhood. He is a self educated man, having gained his
own training both in the common school and the commercial college of Western
Iowa. In that state he was in the employ of the state deaf and dumb
institution and in other capacities. In 1895, he came west, settling
near Hartline on a homestead. For the first year, he was engaged
on a farm, working for wages, and then began the improvement and cultivation
of his place, after which he opened a barber business in Hartline.
He added, later, confectionery and jewelry. After a successful time
in this line of business, Mr. Steele was engaged by M. E. and E. T. Hay
in handling the lumber department of their business. Finally in 1902,
he took entire charge of the business of the Hayden Lumber Company at Hartline,
in which capacity we find him operating at the present time.
At Council Bluffs, Iowa, in September, 1893,
occurred the marriage of Mr. Steele and Miss Cleora, daughter of John I.
and Margaret (Elliott) Fulton, both natives of Ohio. The father was
a veteran of the Rebellion, having served in the Eighth Iowa Cavalry under
General McCook and is now a member of the G. A. R. Mrs. Steele was
born in Jefferson county, Iowa, on June 6, 1874. She has the following
brothers and sisters, Orlander E., Simon, Dwight, Pearl, Mrs. Charles Blanchard,
and Mrs. James Clark. To Mr. and Mrs. Steele, three children have
been born, named as follows: Lester W., on June 17, 1896; Vivian M., on
March 30, 1899; and Lloyd, on June 6, 1901. All are natives of Hartline.
Mr. Steele is master and senior warden of Lodge No. 120, A. F. & A.
M.; is recording secretary of Lodge No. 201, I. O. O. F.; is charter member
of the Maccabees and belongs to the M. W. A., all in Hartline.
Mr. Steele and his family are adherents of
the Methodist church.