William Arthur Steele

Male19 December 1880–13 July 1943

Brief Life History of William Arthur

When William Arthur Steele was born on 19 December 1880, in Weldon, DeWitt, Illinois, United States, his father, John Jones Steele, was 34 and his mother, Clara Almyria Garrett, was 25. He married Mae Chrystal Doake on 10 June 1908, in Des Moines, Polk, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in Webster Township, Polk, Iowa, United States in 1920 and Marshall Township, Marshall, Iowa, United States in 1940. He died on 13 July 1943, in Marshalltown, Marshall, Iowa, United States, at the age of 62, and was buried in Des Moines, Polk, Iowa, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Arthur Steele
1880–1943
Mae Chrystal Doake
1890–1970
Marriage: 10 June 1908
Audrey Muriel Steele
1909–2008
Howard Arthur Steele
1910–1976
Earl Marvin STEELE
1920–1920
Lloyd Burton STEELE
1923–2014

Sources (16)

  • William A Steel, "United States Census, 1910"
  • W A Steele, "Iowa, Marriages, 1809-1992"
  • William Arthur Steele, "United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    10 June 1908Des Moines, Polk, Iowa, United States
  • Children (4)

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    Siblings (10)

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    World Events (8)

    1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

    Age 1

    Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.

    1884 · There is now a Capital Building

    Age 4

    The capitol building in Des Moines originally had a budget of $1,500,000 but complications arose because of the need of a redesign. The building was dedicated on January 17, 1884, but it wasn’t completed until 1886. On January 4, 1904, a fire started and swept through the areas that housed the Supreme Court and Iowa House of Representatives. A major restoration was performed and documented, with the addition of electrical lighting, elevators, and a telephone system. By the early 1980s, the sandstone exterior of the Capitol had started deteriorating and prompted the installation of canopies to protect pedestrians from falling rubble. The entire reconstruction process took around 18 years to complete.

    1898 · War with the Spanish

    Age 18

    After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.

    Name Meaning

    English and Scottish: nickname from Middle English stel(e) ‘steel’, perhaps used for someone considered as hard and durable as steel, or for a foundry worker.

    English: variant of Stile .

    Scottish: habitational name from one or more of the places called Steel(e) or Steill in Ayrshire, Berwickshire, and Dumfriesshire, from Scots steel ‘steep bank, spur of a ridge’.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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