The younger generation of business men of San Jose includes none more energetic and promising than Wilfred A. McDaniel, general contractor and  builder, who was born in that city on August 15, 1874, the son of J. J. and Amanda (Fine) McDaniel, born in Kentucky and Missouri, respectively. His father came to Montana in 1866 and followed mining there until about 1868, when he came to Santa Clara County, Cal., and here he married Amanda Fine, who came to California across the plains with her parents in 1849, when a babe of six months. Mr. McDaniel became interested in contracting and building here and died in 1918. Mrs. McDaniel is still living.

Wilfred A. McDaniel was educated in the Hester School and the San Jose State Normal and after finishing his schooling he studied dentistry under Dr. DeCrow for several years, but was obliged to give it up on account of failing eyesight. In 1900 he made a trip to Nome, Alaska, where with his brother, E. J. McDaniel, he followed mining, remaining in that region for eight years, and making a trip to Siberia in 1905. On returning to San Jose he engaged in contracting and building, and has erected some of the finest residences on the Alameda at Hester Park and Hanchett Park, among them being the three Singletary residences, and built the Growers Bank. He is a member of the Builders' Exchange.

In San Jose, in 1914, Mr. McDaniel was married to Miss' Ada L. Bayley of San Jose, a native of New York, and they have two children, Wilfred A., Jr., and Dorothy Irene. Mr. McDaniel is a highly respected member of the community, deeply interested in all that pertains to the welfare of his native country, and he finds great pleasure in all out-of-door sports. The son of a Confederate soldier who served throughout the great conflict between the North and the South, Mr. McDaniel is likewise a stanch adherent of the Democratic party.


From Eugene T. Sawyers' History of Santa Clara County,California,  published by Historic Record Co. , 1922. page 1217


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