J. M. Steele, real estate, insurance and loan agent, came to Wichita in 1869. Took a claim on Section 4, Township 27, Range 1 east, and engaged in farming until the spring of 1870, when, after doing carpenter work for two months he commenced the business in which he is now engaged. Mr. Steele was born in Westfield, Tioga Co., Pa., July 31, 1844. He resided in his native town until 1866, when he located in Troy, Doniphan Co., Kansas, and remained in that place until he came to Wichita. While living in Tioga County he enlisted, in June, 1861, in Company A, First Pennsylvania Rifles (old Bucktail Regiment) in which he served until discharged after the battle of Appomattox. He was taken prisoner at the battle of Gaines’ Mills and kept at Libby and Belle Isle forty-two days before he was discharged. He re-enlisted in Company A, One Hundred and Ninetieth Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry of which he was made First Lieutenant.
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