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.