Alva Ray Steele

16 October 1894–29 May 1959 (Age 64)
Lyda, Macon, Missouri, United States

The Life of Alva Ray

When Alva Ray Steele was born on 16 October 1894, in Lyda, Macon, Missouri, United States, his father, David Haggard Steele, was 31 and his mother, Isadora Nash, was 25. He married Maude S. Farris on 1 June 1914, in Randolph, Missouri, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. He lived in Lyda Township, Macon, Missouri, United States in 1900. He died on 29 May 1959, in Des Moines, Polk, Iowa, United States, at the age of 64, and was buried in Glendale Cemetery, Des Moines, Polk, Iowa, United States.

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Alva Ray Steele
Eunice Ora Burchett
Marriage: 7 May 1919
Robert Ray Steele
Billy Donald Steele

Spouse and Children

7 May 1919
Des Moines, Polk, Iowa, United States


    Robert Ray Steele


    Billy Donald Steele


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World Events (8)

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 2

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.
1904 · The World's Fair of 1904

Age 10

St. Louis hosted the 1904 World's Fair and welcomed a crowd of 200,000 visitors on opening day of April 30, 1904. The fair had exhibits from 50 countries and 43 states. Several notable inventions showcased at the fair include iced tea and the ice cream cone. By the time of its closing in December 1904, over 20 million people had visited the fair.
1912 · The Girl Scouts

Age 18

Like the Boy Scouts of America, The Girl Scouts is a youth organization for girls in the United States. Its purpose is to prepare girls to empower themselves and by acquiring practical skills.

Name Meaning

English and Scottish: from Middle English stele ‘steel’, hence a nickname for someone considered as hard and durable as steel, or metonymic occupational name for a foundry worker.

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

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Sources (3)

  • A Ray Steele, "Iowa State Census, 1925"
  • Ray Steele in household of Daird H Steele, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Ray A Steele in household of David H Steele, "United States Census, 1900"

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