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The Marin Journal
Thursday, August 9, 1900
From Petaluma Argus
Death of William J. Nay
WILLIAM J. NAY, another of our aged pioneers, passed away on Wednesday morning at 10:45 o'clock. After an illness of a few weeks, he breathed his last at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Frank Jackson. In his death the city loses one of her steady, upright citizens, a kind and generous man and a good father.
Mr. Nay has made his home in Petaluma since 1863 and came to California ten years before that date. After a long pilgrimage across the plains in an ox caravan, he made his home in Marin County and there passed the first few years after his arrival, in dairying. When he moved to this city, he purchased a little fruit ranch just north of town and set out an orchard. He spent years in fruit raising and then retired to town and to a quiet life.
The deceased was a native of New York State and was 72 years and 7 months of age when he died. When a young man his folks moved to New Hampshire. He there learned the carpenter trade. Mr. Nay joined the local Odd Fellows fraternity in 1873. In his respect the flag of the lodge is aloft at half mast from the staff over Odd Fellows hall. The deceased was also a member of the Rebekah order.
There is only one member of his family left, Mrs. Mattie A. Jackson, a daughter of the deceased. L.G. Nay and Samuel Nay are brothers of the deceased and there are three sisters living, Mrs. Amelia Peck of Colorado Springs, Mrs. Thurston of San Francisco and Mrs. Dehaven of Kansas.
The funeral will occur on Friday at 1:30 o'clock from the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jackson at the corner of Fifth and E Streets. The Odd Fellows will escort the remains to Cypress Hill Cemetery and conduct the burial services.
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