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Vernon & Agnes Luikart Steele


Posted By: Emmet County IAGenWeb Coordinator (email)
Date: 3/11/2011 at 15:07:24

Feb. 14, 1912 Vernon Steele married Agnes Luikart, an Emmet County school teacher, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Luikart of Estherville, Iowa. The first of March Mr. and Mrs. Steele came to Jud (North Dakota) to make their home in the residence purchased from Mr. Rector. Their son Ralph Vernon was born Nov. 30, 1914.

Vernon and Fred continued in the elevator business until the summer of 1915 when Fred sold his share to Andrew Lundgren, who then managed the elevator for a few years, later moving his family to Minnesota.

In October Vernon moved his family to a new home in Nortonville, N. Dak. Where he, Fred and Ernest Steele had purchased the Nortonville elevator, with Vernon as manager. Another son was born, Rolland Lionel, to the Vernon Steeles on Oct. 17, 1916. In Aug. 1920 Vernon moved his family back to Jud where he again managed the Jud elevator and feed mill.

The summer of 1927 Vernon sold all his business and the residence to a man from Minnesota and the Steeles moved into the John Pfaff house.

Aug. 11, 1928 Vernon and family moved to Lake Norden, S. Dak., where he had purchased the Lake Nordon Oil Co. form Albert Berg.

Not only with business were Mr. and Mrs. Steele closely occupied but they were also interested in church and civic affairs.

"Our son, Ralph, was in the military service for 9 years. He was in the Battle of the Bulge in Europe. He was a Lieutenant Colonel when he was discharged from the army.

He married Mayrell Scanlan of LaCrosse, Wis.

Our son, Rolland was also in military service. He was in the Aleutian Islands and Hawaiian Island. Rolland was killed by a Japanese machine gun on the Island of Leyte in Oct. 1944. His body was returned to the U. S. and buried at Ft. Snelling Minn."

In June 1946 Mr. and Mrs. Steele sold their business in Lake Nordon and in August moved to Estherville, Iowa, where Mrs. Steele's mother lived.

The last three winters Mr. and Mrs. Steel have lived in Calif., but always go back to Estherville, in the spring.

Contributed by: Darcy Ehmann. The above biography was extracted from the Jud Jubilee, Jud, North Dakota, Darcy's hometown. He has offered to make copies of the article if anyone is interested. The original article has a picture of Agnes and Vernon.

CC Note: For additional information on the wedding of Agnes and Vernon Steele please see the marriage page. Vernon (died 1966) and Agnes Luikart Steele (died 1975) are buried in Oak Hill Cemetery, Estherville, Emmet County, Iowa.


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