Page 314, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Allen and Woodson Counties, Kansas: embellished with portraits of well known people of these counties, with biographies of our representative citizens, cuts of public buildings and a map of each county / Edited and Compiled by L. Wallace Duncan and Chas. F. Scott. Iola Registers, Printers and Binders, Iola, Kan.: 1901; 894 p., [36] leaves of plates: ill., ports.; includes index.




MRS. CELIA H. STEELMAN is a native of the Empire State, her birth having occurred at Gloversville, New York, on the 28th of September, 1846. She is a daughter of Abraham Gulick, who was born in New York, in 1814, and was married on the 25th of November, 1841, to Miss Maria Mitchell, whose birth occurred July 2nd, 1816. Their union was blessed with three children, but only two survive, namely: Mrs. Steelman and Andrew. The latter was born July 12, 1844, and is now living with his sister. Mr. and Mrs. Gulick became residents of Kansas in 1880.

In the State of her nativity Celia H. Gulick spent her girlhood days in acquiring her education in the public schools. In 1869 she gave her hand in marriage to J. F. Wing, who was also born in New York, in which State they began their domestic life. They removed to Minnesota, where they remained for three years, and in 1874 they came to Kansas, locating in the northern part of Allen County where Mr. Wing purchased a large farm. They remained upon the farm for three years, and then took up their abode in Iola, which was their place of residence for about eight years, when their home was given in exchange for Humboldt property. In 1888 they located in the latter city and Mr. Wing purchased business property there. He was identified with the business interests of the place until 1890, when his life's labors were ended in death, he being then fifty-seven years of age. Mrs. Wing remained a widow for two years and in 1892 was married to David Steelman. Theirs was a short but happy married life, terminated by the death of Mr. Steelman in 1896, when he was seventy-seven years of age.

Mrs. Steelman and her brother now reside in her pleasant home in Humboldt. She owns two nice residences in the best portion of the city and has other property which yields to her a good income. In no field of endeavor requiring intellectuality has woman failed to demonstrate her equality with man, and her business and executive powers, when brought to a practical test, are found equal to his. Mrs. Steelman shows decided ability in the care and supervision of her property interests. For twenty-seven years she has been a resident of Allen County and is now widely known in this portion of the State, where her estimable characteristics have gained for her the sincere friendship of those with whom she has been associated.

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