Merced Express, May 2, 1903
William Dallas, a well-known pioneer of Stanislaus county, died last Friday. He was the father of Will Dallas of Atwater.
The Modesto Evening NewsFriday, April 21, 1903
The Passing of Another Prominent Pioneer
It was with extreme regret that the many friends of William Dallas heard this morning of his death during the night.
William Dallas was one of the pioneers of Stanislaus county. He was born in Iowa, on February 28, 1849, and when a young lad came to California with his parents in 1849. His father took a ranch near Waterford and settled, and the land is still in the family. The mother took the children and went to Stockton where they were educated and later came back to the home ranch in this county.
William Dallas was a farmer for the greater part of his life, and a very prominent man in Democratic poultices. Although he never held office, he was a great party worker, and he remained steadfast to his party to the day of his death. He was one of seven children all of whom survive him.
On June 4, 1870 he was married to Mrs. Mary Turner, at Stockton and three children blessed the union. They are William C. Dallas of Atwater, Aldene Dallas of Angels and Barry Dallas who lives in Modesto. The deceased was the step-father of Guy Turner of this city.
For the past thirty years Mr. Dallas has been a great sufferer from asthma and during the latter years of his life he has been afflicted with heart trouble which together with dropsy was the direct cause of his death. The sorrowing family and the devoted widow have the sympathy of the entire community.
The funeral services will be held in the Presbyterian church in Modesto on Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock and will be conducted by Rev. F. A. Holdridge.