Modesto Bee, Tuesday, 4 Dec 1962 Daniel Miller, 85 year old Modestoan, died suddenly yesterday after being taken to a local hospital. Miller was the father of Minnie B. Powell and Daniel J. Miller, both of Modesto. He was preceded in death by his wife, Minnie and a daughter, Eva Heisler. Miller, who was born in Goodwin Township, Ark., had lived in California 36 years and in Stanislaus County for 14. He wasa member of the Missionary Baptist Church. Friends are invited to attend graveside services in Delano [Kern County] Cemetery Thursday at 1:30 PM. They may visit the Shannon & Carmody Funeral Chapel until 9 PM Wednesday.
Modesto Bee, Tuesday, 4 Dec 1962 Minnie B. Powell – A graveside service will be held at 10 A. M. in Union Cemetery in Brentwood for Minnie B. Powell, 75, who died Sunday in Modesto. Visitation is scheduled from 5 pm to 9 mp today in Salas Brothers Funeral Chapel. Mrs. Powell moved to California in 1926 and had lived in Modesto since 1949. She had retired as a food processor at General Foods Co. She is survived by two sons, Danny of Modesto and Robert Powell of Ceres; one daughter, Betty Hendrick of Empire; six grand-children; and four great-grandchildren.
[She wasn’t a Cuisinart; “food processor” usually means she worked on the line in a cannery or frozen food plant. General Foods used to make frozen peas and carrots. Brentwood is about 50 miles west of Modesto, in Contra Costa County. Empire is in Stanislaus County, about 4 miles east of Modesto.]
According to the CDI Daniel was born 12/27/1876 in Arkansas, died 03 Dec 1962 in Turlock. His MMN was Schocky.
According to the CDI, Minnie was born 08/19/1908 in --- Alaska!!! I suspect someone either mis-read “AR” as "AK" or entered the wrong number from a list of state codes. The chance that Daniel left Arkansas to seek his fortune hunting polar bears, married an Eskimo woman, sired Minnie and then returned to Arkansas with his small family are slim. It would make a HECK of a family legend, however.
Her MMN was Hood and she died 15 Apr 1984. Score one for you – you got Arkansas right, they didn’t – and one for them – your death date was off by 2 days. I’m not chastising you, just pointing out that people and official records can be wrong. Verify, verify, verify.