"History of Lincoln, Oneida, and Vilas Counties Wisconsin"

Compiled by George O.Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others. Printed in 1924 by H.C.Cooper. Jr. & Co., Minneapoli-Winona MN. ill. 787 pages. The first two hundred pages are history of the three counties, the remainder of the book is biographies.


Steele, Henry F. Oneida County judge, who has been a resident and prominent citizen of Rhinelander for the past 18 years, was born in El Dorado, Fond du Lac County, Wis., Feb. 28, 1878, son of John F. and Lottie (HOLLIDAY) STEELE. The father, a native of New York State, came west about 1840, by water, landing at Green Bay, Wis., thence moving to Fond du Lac County, where he took a homestead on which he resided until his death in 1901. For many years he served as chairman of the board of supervisors of his town in that county. His wife, who was born in Wisconsin, passed away in 1880. They were the parents of seven children: John F. Jr., who is general agent for the Northwestern Machine Co. at Racine, Wis.; Arthur, now engaged in the real estate business at Spokane, wash.; Henry F., subject of this sketch; Orpha, now deceased, who was the wife of H. F. SHARATT; Lottie, also deceased, who was the wife of G. L. MCDERMOTT; Carrie, who after her sister Lottie's death married G. L. MCDERMOTT, and now resides in Fond du Lac, and Anna, who is living in Minneapolis. Henry F. STEELE acquired his elementary education in the common schools of Fond du Lac, subsequently attended a preparatory college at Ripon, Wis., and then entered the University of Michigan, where he took the law course, being graduated with the class of 1905. In the fall of that year he came to Rhinelander and opened offices for the practice of his profession, in the same fall becoming city attorney, in which office he served until 1912. In that year he was appointed county judge of Oneida County by Governor MCGOVERN, and, having proved himself thoroughly capable, is now serving in his second elective term. He also carries on a general law practice, with offices at No. 14 W. Davenport Street. Judge STEELE is a member of the Masonic order, in which he was advanced as far as the Chapter; he also belongs to the local lodge of Elks, which he has served in all the offices, being a present the Esteemed Leading Knight. He was married June 12, 1906, at Waupaca, Wis., to May GORDINIER, daughter of Charles S. and Mary (MEIKLEJOHN) GORDINIER, prominent residents of that city. Judge STEELE and wife are the parents of one child, Charles G. The religious affiliations of the family are with the Eposcopal Church.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 404, History of Lincoln, Oneida and Vilas Counties Wisconsin; Compiled by George O. Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others 1924, H. C. Cooper, Jr. & Co

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