Cleveland Steppe and Kate Bailey



Pictures of Kate Bailey and Cleveland Steppe are scarce. This is the only known photo of Cleveland; aunt Louise Steppe sent it to Gordon and Alice Steppe after Daniel died. Alice remarks that he was a handsome man.


Cleveland and Kate were married Dec 15 1909; he was 24 and she was 27. They had a family of six children. Soon after the last child was born Kate began to have “spells” which eventually led to her going to the Virginia state mental institution in Staunton VA, about 1923. At that time the family broke up, her mother Martha DePriest took five of the children to raise, Aunt Emma Maxey took Mary, and Cleveland traveled to do bridge construction.