History of Norman LeRoy Steele
Contributor: BarbaraLeishman Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago
Life History of Norman LeRoy Steele (written by his daughter Peggy in the 1960’s)
In a little log cabin with a clay roof was born a son on May 29, 1894. This child was the first child born to Leonard B. Steele and Mary Laird.
Norman has three younger brothers and one younger sister. Leonard Jr., Aldo, Clarence, and Gladys.
Clarence, the youngest son loved cats. He had one cat named Lydia. Clarence taught Lydia to box. When Lydia was teased she would stand on her hind legs and box!
One day while the boys were out hauling hay, Clarence thought the load was too heavy for the horse and so he went to help the horse pull the load uphill. Clarence held to the rope but the horse couldn’t make it so it jerked back down and Clarence’s fingers went up into the pulley. He lost one thumb and part of the other thumb.
One of Daddy’s (Norman’s) pastime was to go to Utah Lake and hunt coyotes. Once they were riding along in a white topped buy. They saw a coyote and Norman’s cousin Cloy shot it right while they were riding.
Norman’s first gun was a double barrel. It was on a punch board and another man punched it.
(Punchboards were originally used in the 18th century for gambling purposes. A local tavern owner would construct a game board out of wood, drill small holes in it, and fill each hole with a small paper ticket or gamepiece. The holes were then typically covered with paper or foil. After a patron bought a chance at the punchboard, he would puncture one of the hole's paper or foil covers with a nail and retrieve the ticket/gamepiece. If the gamepiece contained a winning number, the patron won the prize.)
But Norman’s dad bought it for his son. Leonard decided that since he bought the gun he should teach Norman to shoot it. He took Daddy in the bushes and Daddy saw a rabbit. He grabbed the gun and shot the rabbit. It was the first time he had ever shot a gun.
Daddy bought his second gun. He had paid $18.00 for it and rode 12 miles to get it. It is still in use for hunting rabbits and ducks.
The diseases he had were common measles, and mumps. When he was in High School he had smallpox. Once when he was on a haystack he threw a pitch fork down and then jumped on it. He had a hard time getting it out. Daddy attended Goshen Public School and in the summer he worked on his fathers farm.
When Norman was 13 his family moved to Silver City where his dad worked in a mine. Norman herded cows all day that furnished milk for the whole city. Then the family moved back to Goshen.
His playmates were his cousins and his favorite cousin was Cloy Steele. When Norman and his friends would play football and baseball there was an old man who would get the ball and keep it. One fellow would go coax for lit while the other fellow would come up behind him and knock the ball out of his hand. They would then run!
Daddy lived in a log cabin until he was ten, then his dad built them a new brick house with the help of his friends.
Daddy’s favorite teachers were lady teachers. He graduated from the eighth grade in Goshen and from Payson High in Payson. He and his friend lived in a room in Payson and did their own cooking and went to school. One year later he started to go to the BYU in Provo, Utah. In the second year of college Uncle Sam called all men to the colors. So Daddy went in 1918. He went to France in the service. While he was there he was wounded. He received a purple heart. He arrived home March 1, 1919. Norman said he was glad for the war experience and wouldn’t trade it.
Daddy then went to Salt Lake City, Utah to barber school and in 1920 graduated and went to work in Salt Lake City as a barber. Later he worked in Bingham Canyon. Towards spring he quit the job and visited friends in Preston. He came to visit D.L. Pack who had an auto business. Mr. Pack had been principal three years while Norman was going to High School. Daddy also went to see Clair Weaver. He served with him in the army.
After a few days Norman decided to work for D.L. Pack in his auto shop.
In the fall of 1920 work slowed up and so Clair and Norman went to visit the folks and while they were there got a job at Tintic Standard Mining Company.** Here they worked all winter.
The next summer of 1921 they returned to Idaho and went back to work for D.L. Pack. In 1922 Norman barbered in Preston for R. D. Holt. In 1923 Daddy taught school. In 1923 the summer he attended Albion State Normal School. His first teaching job was at Almo, Idaho. He began teaching in the fall of 1923 and the spring of 1924.
On January 2, 1924 Norman married Eva Weaver in the Logan L.D.S. temple. Eva was the sister of his army buddy, Clair.
Norman taught school in oxford, Idaho, Glenco, Idaho, Grace Idaho and finally at the East Side school at Preston, Idaho.
In November 1930 Eva died while Norman was teaching at Egypt (5th ward). He taught there two more years following Eva’s death and then spent his full time in the barber business. Norman’s friend Marlow Funk and he established a barber shop in South State Street in Preston. They opened their shop in 1933. After two years together Marlow quit barbering and became deputy sheriff of Franklin County. Daddy then bought Marlow’s share of the business and worked alone. Some time later he hired another barber Jessie Chatterton to work with.
At this time World War II broke out and Norman got the job of Clerk of Selective Service board. He took the examination with several other men and was given the job. He let Jessie Chatteron run the shop until the end of World War II. Daddy then took up barbering Jessie Chatterton quit and Daddy hired Bald G.Weaver, his brother-in-law.
On 28 June 1938 he married the cute little back headed school marm whom he had taught with in Egypt. Hilda Davis.
To them were born Sharron, LaNore and Peggy.
November 1955 he was asked to serve as 1st counselor under Ariel G. Neeley, a newly appointed bishop along with Lyle Peterson as 2nd counselor. When Ariel, moved to Montpelier for business they were released.
He served as secretary in Oneida Stake High Priest quorum for 3 or 4 years. He served in the Stake Ward teaching committee. Also ward teacher supervisor. He was ordained as a High Priest by Apostle Harold B. Lee on Jan 16, 1956 He now is a ward teacher and the teacher in the ward group High Priest quorum
Norman LeRoy Steele by LaNore Steele
Contributor: BarbaraLeishman Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago
Life of Norman LeRoy Steele by LaNore Steele (daughter)
On May 29, 1894, Mary Laird Steele and Leonard B. Steele were blessed with their first baby—a baby boy who they named Norman LeRoy Steele. Norman was born in a log cabin with a clay roof.
Later three brothers and one sister were added to the family.
In Daddy’s young life, hunting was his pastime. He would go to Utah Lake and hunt coyotes often. His first gun was a double barreled one. It was on a punch board. Another man had punched it, but allowed Grandpa to buy it for Daddy. Later Grandpa took Daddy into the brush to teach him how to shoot. A rabbit jumped out and without hesitation, Daddy shot it—the first shot he had ever fired.
The next gun he got was in 1913. It cost $18.00 and Daddy rode on a horse 15 miles to get it. This gun is still in use (1962). Daddy still enjoys hunting ducks and rabbits.
When Daddy was in High School, he had smallpox. He also had the common measles and mumps. Once when Daddy was on a haystack, he threw the pitchfork down and without thinking, he jumped down on it. He had a hard time getting it out.
Daddy attended Goshen public school until the eighth grade, then went to Payson where he graduated. In the summers, he worked on his father’s farm. As a young man he worked in a silver mine, on railroads, and belonged to bridge gangs.
When he was 13 his family moved to Silver City where his father worked in a mine. Grandpa lowered horses down in the mine and helped pull them up. Daddy would spend his time exploring old mines and herding cows on the hills. He furnished milk for all the city. He drove a delivery horse and wagon, and delivered the milk.
While Daddy was attending Payson High, Daddy and a friend got a room and “batched”. Following year after graduation, Daddy enrolled at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.
When Daddy was sixteen, his family moved back to Goshen. Most of Daddy’s playmates were cousins. Cloy Steele was his favorite. One day Cloy and Daddy were curious as to what would happen if they hammered a gun shell. So Daddy hammered while Cloy held the bullet still. Of course it exploded, so both were burned.
Cloy and Daddy once went fishing and rode on “Old Skip, one of their horses. They caught a whole “gunny” sack full of fish and threw it over “Old Skip” and were on their way home. Then something happened that they hadn’t planned on. The catfish stuck their horns through the sack right into “Old Skip’s” flank. “Old Skip” bucked and threw Cloy and Daddy off, then ran for home. The two forlorn fishermen were forced to walk home.
Grandpa was very religious but Grandma was not a Latter Day Saint until later. Daddy was a deacon, teacher, and priest like any Mormon young man.
Daddy would take part in many plays. They would present them to surrounding settlements in a white top buggy or a covered wagon.
Daddy and his friends loved baseball and football. There was an old man over the fence. The boys called him “Old Peter Roberts”. When the ball would come over the fence, Mr. Roberts would get the ball and hold it behind him so they couldn’t get it. But while one boy was coaxing for it, another would sneak up behind and grab the ball from his hands.
In Daddy’s second year of college, World War I called all men to the colors, so he quit school and joined the army early in 1918. After a few months of training at Camp Dix, New Jersey, he was loaded aboard a cattle boat called Taloa and set sail for England. They landed in Liverpool, England 16 days later. There they boarded a train and started for the English Channel, 500 miles south of Liverpool. The train traveled mostly at night without lights to discourage bombs. Soon they landed at Dover, England, just across the channel from France. Each night, bombs were dropping. Then they went to Calas over the English Channel. From there, they went to various fronts. In the next few months, (June 1918) Daddy took part in action in Limey sector, and St. Mihiel sector. On the first of November, he took part in action in Argonne forest. He was wounded in the shoulder by a shrapnel and remained in a hospital for a while.
On February 1, 1919, Daddy started for Brest and the decks. He went aboard a boat named USS Seattle. On February 14, the USS Seattle landed in the NY harbor and arrived home on March 1, 1919 in Goshen, Utah.
The next winter, Norman went to Salt Lake City to attend Barber School and about January 1920, graduated and went to work in Salt Lake City, Utah, and later in Bingham Canyon. Towards spring he quit this job and made a trip to Preston, Idaho to visit some friends—D.L. Pack who had been Daddy’s principal for three years in Goshen. (He was now in auto business), and Claire Weaver, who served with him in the army. After visiting for a few days, Daddy decided to work for D. L. Pack in his auto shop . In the fall of 1920, work slowed up so Claire and Daddy went to Goshen to visit Daddy’s folks and while they were there, they went to work at Tinic Standard mining company. They worked all winter, then returned to Idaho in 1921 and Daddy went back to work for D.L. Pack.
In 1923, Daddy barbered in Preston for R. D. Holt and worked in the auto shop too. That summer, he attended Albion State Normal School in Idaho. His first job as a school teacher was at Almo, Idaho. He began teaching in the fall of 1923.
On January 2, 1924 Daddy married Eva Weaver (sister of Claire Weaver) in the Logan temple.
Later Daddy taught school in Oxford, Idaho, Glencoe, Idaho, and finally at the East Side in Preston.
On November 9, 1930 Eva died while Daddy was teaching at Egypt (5th ward) He taught there two more years following Eva’s death, then spent his whole time barbering. A friend who had worked with Daddy before, Marlow Funk, established a barber shop on State Street in Preston, Idaho, and opened it in 1933. After working together for two years, Marlow quit the barbering business and became a deputy sheriff. Daddy bought his share of the shop and worked alone for some time. Later, he hired another barber, Jesse Chatterton, to work with.
At this time, World War II broke out and Daddy got the job of Clerk of the Selective Service Board of Preston. He took an examination with other applicants and was given the job. He worked during the remainder of the war, hiring Chatterton to run the barber shop. At the close of World War II, Daddy resigned and took up barbering again. Chatterton quit at this time and another barber, Bald Weaver (Daddy’s brother-in-law) lost his location of his barber shop, and having no place to work was hired by Daddy.
In 1938, June, Daddy married Hilda Davis (who had taught in Egypt at the same time Daddy did) in the Salt Lake Temple.
Three daughters followed: Sharron in 1939; Norma LaNore in 1946; and Peggy LaNae in 1947.
In November 1955 Daddy was asked to serve as first counselor in the Fourth Ward bishopric under Ariel G. Neeley (newly appointed bishop) and along with Lyle Petersen, they served for two years, then Ariel moved to Montpelier and the bishopric was reorganized.
Later Daddy served for 3-4 years as high Priest Secretary of Oneida Stake and also was a counselor for Ward Teaching in the Oneida State as well as Ward Teaching Supervisor.
At the time he was called to serve as 1st counselor in the bishopric, he was ordained a High Priest by Harold B. Lee.