DALLAS, William C.
Merced Express, January 13, 1933
W. C. DALLAS
The passing of a Prominent
Merced County Farmer
William C. Dallas, a well-known former resident of Merced county who for several years past had been making his home in Piedmont, passed away early Monday evening at the home of his brother, Barry J. Dallas, at 1206 K street in this city. The immediate cause of death was a paralytic stroke, although he had been in poor health for more than two years past. Recently his condition became greatly improved, and last Sunday afternoon he came to Merced with his attorney and personal friend, James F. Peck, for a visit of a few days. Monday morning he was unable to leave his bed, and at noon he suffered a stroke which caused his death several hours later.
Tuesday afternoon the remains were taken from the Welch & Griffin funeral home t Piedmont, and the funeral services were held at the Dallas family home at 92 Sea View avenue yesterday afternoon. Entombment was in the Oakland receiving vault.
Mr. Dallas was born in Stanislaus county sixty-one years ago and spent his boyhood days in Modesto. After leaving school he became a telegraph operator and for several years was employed in the Modesto office of the Postal Telegraph Company, coming to Merced in 1891 to take charge of that companyís office in this city. He was a popular member of Mercedís younger social set of those days and also became noted locally as an amateur bicycle racer. Following his marriage to Miss Carrie L. Geer, a member of a pioneer Stanislaus county family, the couple moved to Atwater and after the distribution of the vast holdings of the J. W. Mitchell estate to the Bloss, Crane and Geer heirs they assumed the management of the Geer interests. Several years later they came to Merced, residing here until 1915, when they moved to Piedmont.
Besides his widow he leaves two daughter, Mrs. Clare Smith of Oakland and Miss Mary Dallas of Piedmont, and two brothers, Al Dallas of Atwater and Barry J. Dallas of Merced.
Mr. Dallas was a prominent member of the B. P. O. Elks, being one of the founders of the Merced Lodge and serving for many years as a trustee of the local organization.
Will Dallas was a man of decided opinions, and he possessed the courage to express those opinions. He was an enterprising citizen, loyal in his friendships and fair in his dealings, and he was highly respected and widely known throughout the San Joaquin valley and well as in the Bay section.