William Steele (1844 - 1913)

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Birth

in Tothill Creek, SA Australia

Death

in at Mildura, in Mildura, VIC Australia

Cause of death

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Burial / Funeral

at Mildura, in Mildura, VIC Australia

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Last Known Residence

Mildura, Mildura Rural City County, VIC Australia

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Family

Wife: Johanna Caroline Augusta Steele
Siblings: Theresa Virginia (Steele) Beasley, Andrew JamesSteele, James Arthur Steele, Alice Violetta, Sarah Helene, John Alexander Disher, William Henry, Andrew James Steele, Virginnia Theresa Beasley, Clarence Edward (Peter), Mary Clare Camilla, and Andrew JamesSteel

Wife: Johanna Caroline Augusta Steele

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Publican ? Farmer

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Ethnicity

Anglo Saxon

Nationality

Australian

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Gender

Male

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1844 - In the year that William Steele was born, in June and July, the "Great Flood of 1844" occurred on the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers - the largest flood recorded in that area. The population in the area was sparse at the time, though, so the flood didn't have a lot of economic impact. The biggest loss was to the Wyandot Indians - 100 people died from diseases caused by the flood.

1864 - William was 20 years old when on February 25th, the first prisoners arrived at Andersonville Prison in Georgia. Andersonville became notorious for the conditions that Union prisoners endured. 500 prisoners had left from Richmond, Virginia the week before - eventually 13,000 prisoners would die at the prison.

1896 - William was 52 years old when on May 18th, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling in the case of Plessy v. Ferguson. By a vote of 7 to 1, the Court upheld state racial segregation laws, introducing the idea of "separate but equal" facilities for races.

1907 - William was 63 years old when the Monongah coal mining disaster occurred on December 6th, happening at the Fairmont Coal Company’s No. 6 and No. 8 mines.. Over 361 miners were killed. Because there was no breathing apparatus at the time to help rescuers, recovery efforts were greatly hampered. It is considered the worst mining disaster in American history and led to government oversight in mining practices.

1913 - In the year of William Steele's passing, ratified in February the 16th Amendment, establishing a Federal income tax, became law. Previously, customs duties (tariffs) and excise taxes were the primary sources of federal revenue. With the passage of the 16th Amendment, incomes of couples exceeding $4,000, as well as those of single persons earning $3,000 or more, were subject to a 1% Federal tax (that would be about $98,000 and $74,000 now). Rates rose to 7% for incomes over half a million dollars. Less than 1% of the population was subject to income tax.

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William was the Publican of the Royal Hotel @ Tothill Creek S.A. and was also a local butcher and farmer, then went to Victoria to farm in the Birchip District of Ballarpur & then moved to Mildura in the vineyard industry and died there in 1913. His father was an Irish immigrant arriving in S.A, an the" William Nicol " and settled on land near Tothills creek S.A. and the area is today now known as Steelton

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