My North Dakota Diary
'Steele County was named for Frankin Steele, own of the early Fort Snelling traders, who was shrewd
enough to see the great future wrapped up in the virgin prairies of the county named for him. He
became later a distinguished citizen of Minneapolis, while still retaining is landed interests in Dakota.
The land in the county is mostly taken up in farms. The Goose river on the eastern, and the Sheyenne
river on the western border furnish excellent drainage to the county. The county seat is Finley.' Source:
North Dakota Blue Book -- 1942