J. A.Steele General Store, Elm Springs, Arkansas, circa 1914

Joseph Albert Steele (1866–1931), a lifelong resident of Elm Springs (Benton County), was a storekeeper and buyer and seller of local farm products. In the May 6, 1917, issue of the Egg Reporter magazine, Steele noted a downturn in the number of eggs being brought to his store, lamenting,“There is no agitation for increasing the poultry and egg production shown in this section.”  Russell Charlesworth and Frances Reeves Collection (S-87-37-5)