Steele Family of Doctors

101_1067*Dr. Marion DeKalb Steele was born on June 8, 1824 in Bedford Co. Tennessee.  Marion studied medicine in Louisville Medical college when he was 19 and by age 23 he began his medical practice along with farming.  In 1855 he moved to Elm Springs, Arkansas and became an ordained Methodist minister wile continuing to practice medicine.  During the Civil War his large house, built in 1851, was used by both the Union and Confederate armies as a headquarters.  The house was almost destroyed but was repaired and remained in Elm Springs for 96 years for his descendants.  Dr. Steele had raised a large family of six boys and five girls.  Dr. Steele continued his medical practice until 1874.  He then began a merchandizing business and compounded medicines.  These he sold over a wide area in two counties.  Dr. Steele died March 24, 1898 at age 73 and is buried between his two wives.  He practiced medicine 24 years.

Dr. Raphael William Steele is the grandson of Dr. Marion D. Steele.  His linage is through the second wife of Dr. Marion Steele.  Ralph Steele was born March 18, 1890.  He graduated from the University of Arkansas Medical School in 1916, was inducted into the Army Medical Corp and sent to France for the duration of WWI.  During his tour of duty in the harsh conditions he developed rheumatoid arthritis.  On return he practiced in Decatur, Arkansas for a brief period, then in Gentry and Siloam Springs, Arkansas before going to Hot Springs seeking treatment for his arthritis.  He retired in 1928, unable to continue in practice.  He died in 1938 at the age of 48.

Dr. William Lee Steele born in 1922 and is a grandson of Dr. Marion D. Steele.  His linage is through Dr. Marion Steele’s first wife.  He graduated from the University of Arkansas Medical School in 1946.  Dr. William Lee Steele practiced in Little Rock, Arkansas for many years.

Dr. Marion A. Steele is a great grandson of Dr. Marion D. Steele, through the linage of Dr. Marion Steele’s second wife’s son and grandson.  Dr. Steele graduated from the University of Arkansas Medical School in 1945 and served in the Army for two years including a tour in Alaska.  He returned to serve as a country doctor in Newton County (Jasper), Arkansas for about two years then went to San Francisco, California to enter a residency in psychiatry.  He practiced this specialty until his death in 1986.

Dr. Volney W. Steele is a great grandson of Dr. Marion D. Steele through the linage of Dr. Marion D. Steele’s second wife.  Dr. Volney Steele was born December 23, 1922 in Decatur, Arkansas, son of Raphael Steele.  He graduated from the University of Arkansas Medical School in 1945 and served in the US Navy during WWII.  Thereafter he completed a residency in pathology and continued in that specialty until his death in 2015.  Most of his practice years were in Boseman, Montana.  He was known as an outdoors man and supporter of veterans returning from combat zones, was generous with his time and money and publisher of a book, Bleed Blister and Purge: A History of Medicine on the Western Frontier.

*In Arkansas Country Doctor Hall of Honor.  May be observed in separate file.