G. A. STEEL IS DEAD
Portland Pioneer Passes at Age of 72 Year.
LIFE IS USEFULLY SPENT
Former Postmaster Active in Political and Industrial Growth of State – First Streetcar Line in City Built by Him.
George A. Steel, pioneer in Portland, twice postmaster of the city, builder of its first electric lines and for one term State Treasurer of Oregon, died late yesterday at the Good Samaritan Hospital.
Mr. Steel's death followed that of his wife at an interval of only eight months. He had been critically ill and a patient in the hospital for eight weeks, but his illness with Bright's disease extended over a longer period.
In earlier days Mr. Steel had a large part in the political and industrial life of Portland and the state. He came into prominence as chairman of the State Republican Central Committee during the acrid Hayes-Tilden campaign of 1876. For two terms he served as postmaster of Portland, the first in 1881-1885, the second from 1890-1894.
During the second term of Senator Chamberlain as Governor of Oregon Mr. Steel was State Treasurer, elected on the Republican ticket. While not engaged in political activities he busied himself with industrial enterprises, those relating to electric lines being on a large scale for the decade that witnessed them.
With his brother, William G. Steel, now superintendent of Crater Lake Park, he built the Fulton-street and the Oregon City carlines, the first in Portland. He was a member of the original book and stationary firm, now the J. K. Gill Company, then but the partnership, Gill & Steel. Small fortunes, realized in some of his ventures, were lost in others.
For some time after the death of his wife Mr. Steel maintained his home at 242 East Twentieth street. Later, before being taken to the hospital, he made his home with old-time friends of the city.
An adopted daughter, Mrs. Minna Harper, lives at Berkeley, Cal. She and the brother comprise the only immediate surviving relatives. It is not yet known whether either will attempt to come to the funeral, which will probably be held tomorrow.
Mr. Steel was born at Strafford, O., April 22, 1846, being past 72 years old at the time of his death. He came to Portland in 1862, at the age of 16 years, and throughout the remainder of his life counted this city his home. (The Oregonian, 21 Jun 1918)
Steel Funeral Is Held
The funeral of George A. Steel, well-known pioneer in Portland, who died Thursday at the Good Samaritan Hospital, was held at 3:30 o'clock yesterday afternoon from the Holman Undertaking Parlors. Dr. J. J. Staub of the Sunnyside Congregational Church conducted the funeral ceremony. The pallbearers were Dr. Arthur Chance, Dr. H. C. Miller, Russell E. Sewell, George E. Walling, Charles E. Warren and James F. Ewing. Interment was at Riverview Cemetery. (The Oregonian, 23 Jun 1918)
PATTON HOME GETS $3000
Clarence Gilbert Named Executor of George A. Steel Estate.
Bequests to 32 relatives and friends and two charitable institutions were made by the late George A. Steel, former State Treasurer, according to the terms of his last will, which was filed yesterday for probate in the County Court.
Bequests ranging from $100 to $500 and totaling $4400 were made to his numerous relatives and friends, while bequests of $3000 to the Patton Home and $2000 to the Baby Home are also made. No approximate value of the estate is made in the petition. Clarence H. Gilbert is named as executor to serve without bonds. Mr. Steel died in this city June 20, last, at the age of 71 years. His will was executed last February. (The Oregonian, 20 Jul 1918)
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