Mary Kellogg, born a slave in Louisiana and named after Mary Fletcher Kellogg, the wife of James Harris Fairchild, third president of Oberlin College. Mrs. Fairchild, whose family owned slaves, was given Mary. Mrs. Fairchild straightaway set her free and engaged her in their home in Oberlin. Sadly, Mary lived only to the age of 15; happily she was free.
John Whedon Steele, a hero and an honorable man.
John Whedon Steele was born at Middleburg, 0 , December 21, 1835.His parents removed soon after toOberlin and nearly all of his life sincethen has been spent here. He enteredthe preparatory department in 1851 and completed his sophomore year in college in 1858. He then studied law and was admitted to the bar at Cleveland in 1860. He enlisted in the 41st Ohio Volunteers in 1861, rose to the rank of captain, was transfered to the charge of a recruiting station at Cleveland and then was assigned to the staff of General Palmer as aid-de-camp with the rank of colonel. Later he served on the staff of General David Stanley. He was seriously wounded November 29 at Chickamauga while repelling an attack on the baggage train. For his service here he was awarded by congress a medal for distinguished personal bravery. He served during the entire war and at its close he was appointedJudge Advocate for one of the districts in Texas. He was elected Probate Judge of Lorain County in 1867 and re-elected in 1870. Ill health compelled him to resign during his second term and he was then appointed a commissioner for the government to investigate the Star Route frauds. Later be was one of the engineers who surveyed the railroad along the Madeira River in South America. He was appointed Postmaster at Oberlin in 1888 and has held the office since with the exception of one term. The distinction Judge Steele most prized, however, was his membership in the Army of the Cumberland. He was the Recording Secretary of this society from the time of its foundation at the close of the war until his death. He was one of the most useful citizens of the town, serving for a long time as trustee of the Lorain County Children's Home, and with Professor A A. Wright he was a member of the water works board from the time of its organization till his death. He was a member of the G. A. R. and of the board of commerce and a director in the Citizens National Bank. He learned of the bank's condition last fall some months before its failure but so high a standard of honor had he set for himsolf that he did not withdraw his personal deposits nor warn his own relatives. After the bank failure, Mr. Steele acted as one of the trustees of the Carnegie fund and his death was no doubt hastened by anxiety over the bank's failure and his untiring efforts to see that Mr. Carnegie's fund was justly apportioned among those depositors who suffered most. Judge Steele died at his residence on East College Street April 26.