Group of men in suits and hats posing in front of trees for a photo

Woodmen of the World (WOW). Front row [L to R]: Fred Peterson, Carl Nystrom, Olaf Tannlund, Metcalf. 2nd row [L to R]: Percy Daniels, Mr. Sjolund, Roy Switzer, John Strum, Bert Stone, unidentified, Charlie Peterson, Lee Dodge, unidentified, unidentified, Ambrose Patton, Jim Chalmers, John Larson, Tracy, unidentified. (Emery Escola, Emery Escola Collection, Kelley House Photographs)

February 11, 1937 – Percy Daniels died at noon, following a 7-year-long illness. The Beacon reported, “He was up and about much of that time but a heart affliction restricted all his actions. This role was particularly hard for him as he had been unusually strong and vigorous from his boyhood and for thirty years was one of the local company’s best river men and engaged in arduous and ofttimes dangerous labor when logs were being run at freshet time.”

Born in Surry, Maine, in 1880, Percy came to California with his father, George Daniels, in early 1882. Much of his boyhood was spent at Pine Grove where his father owned a ranch and where his grandparents lived.

In February 1903, Percy bought an empty lot at 45320 Little Lake Street, and immediately built “a neat and attractive cottage.” In June, Percy married Dorothy Wainwright, and they made their home here. This cottage burned down in 1941.

Percy joined the Odd Fellows lodge at an early age and for many years was secretary of the local order. He also served for a number of years as school trustee.

“This community grieves over the passing of a man who for the past 35 years had been one of its representative citizens; a kindly man devoted to Odd Fellowship who made it his business to visit the sick and ailing until he himself became an invalid.”

Percy was survived by his wife, Dorothy; two sons, Warren and George of Mendocino; one daughter, Mrs. Robert Swales, of Fort Bragg; sisters and brothers, Mrs. Eunice Tannlund of Porterville, Mrs. Geneva Jicha of Korbel; Arthur Daniels of San Luis Obispo; Linwood Daniels of Fort Bragg; Winfield Daniels of Oakland; and an uncle, John Daniels, of Mendocino. Percy is buried in Evergreen Cemetery.

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