The history of the Battles family was for many generations identified with the far off state of Maine, and it was
there, in Vassalboro, that Daniel Battles was born October 30, 1835, the son of Daniel and Dorcas (Perkins) Battles,
who passed their entire lives in that state. During the second war with England the father laid down the peaceful
implements of agriculture and went to the front in defense of his country, resuming more agreeable duties on his
farm as soon as hostilities were over. At the time of the boyhood of Daniel Battles' educational facilities were
meager indeed, but being endowed with a naturally keen mind and perceptive faculties above the average, he made
every opportunity count in his favor, to the end that he became a well informed man. Besides attending the schools
in the home locality he also attended the academy at Farmington. When most boys were free from care he was preparing
for his future by learning the carpenter's trade, an undertaking which proved timely, inasmuch as it enabled him
to lay by a goodly sum and carry out a project which had been forming in his mind for a number of years.
Ill health had laid its heavy hand upon Mr. Battles while he was interested in work at his trade in the East, and
on the advice of his physician he came to the West in the hope of recuperating his lost vitality. To the surprise
of his physician, who had declared that he could not live a year, the salubrious climate and health giving sunshine
so far restored him to health that he was enabled to carry on active business affairs for a number of years. Coming
to California in 1873, he settled in Riverside, where it was his intention to engage in horticulture. On January
3 of the following year he bought ten acres of unimproved land, on which he planted fifty six orange trees, also
planting orange seed on a part of the ranch, and today the trees which have developed from the latter are the strongest
and largest of any to be seen for miles around. In the interim while his fruit was developing he improved his time
by working at the carpenter's trade, and was known as the pioneer contractor of Riverside, where he continued to
work at his trade from time to time until failing health again made it necessary for him to give up active work.
His earth life came to a close in his Riverside home January 5. 1895, and he left to mourn his loss a devoted family
and a host of friends who were attracted to him for his fine trait of character that dominated his life. Large
hearted and kindly disposed toward all, whatever was for the good of his brother man enlisted his sympathy and
co-operation, educational, religious and philanthropic movements never lacking his support. Reared in the faith
of the Methodist Episcopal Church, for years he was steward in the Riverside church. Made a Mason before coming
to the West, he transferred his membership to Riverside, becoming a charter member of Evergreen Lodge, and with
his wife he was affiliated with the Eastern Star.
Mr. Battles' first marriage occurred September 28, 1862, uniting him with Miss Leafy C. Longley, who was born in
Augusta, Me., and who died April 21, 1868. Two daughters were born of this marriage, Bertha S., Mrs. C. W. Finch,
and Hattie B., Mrs. Branch, both of Los Angeles. On November 10, 1868, Mr. Battles was married to Miss Sarah A.
Huse, in Farmington, Me. She was a native of Strong, Me., a daughter of Enoch and the granddaughter of Joseph Huse,
both natives of New Hampshire, tracing their lineage to a family from London, England, to Massachusetts. Sarah
Webster, the wife of Joseph Huse, was a second cousin of Daniel Webster. Enoch Huse engaged in farming for many
years at Strong, Me., but his last years were passed in Farmington, that state. His wife, in maidenhood Nancy Butterfield,
was born in Farmington, Me., and there, too, she passed away. She was a daughter of Col. James Butterfield, who
was born January 1, 1786, and won his title through service in the Maine militia. In addition to maintaining a
farm, he also conducted a hostelry known throughout that section of country as "Butterfield Inn." His
father was Samuel Butterfield, born March 7, 1739, and he died July 29, 1808, having been a pioneer of Maine. The
following children were born to Enoch and Nancy Huse: Nancy Emily, Mrs. Clara Fales, who lives in Farmington, Me.;
Mrs. Hannah B. Ellsworth; James B., a contractor of Evanston, Ill.; Mrs. Fannie W. Niles; Sarah A., Mrs. Battles;
and Mary J. Jennings. These have all passed away except James B., Mrs. Fales and Mrs. Battles. Four children were
born of Mr. Battles' second marriage, as follows: Nellie May and Fred Arthur, both of whom died when about one
year old; Foye D., who served in the Spanish-American war from May to December, 1898, being sergeant in Company
M, Seventh California Infantry, and now a blacksmith in Riverside; and Lillian P, the wife of John H. W. Warren,
residing with Mrs. Battles.
Mrs. Battles was educated in the academy at Farmington, Me., and it was there that she became acquainted with Mr.
Battles. A woman of splendid judgment and large executive ability, since the death of her husband she has taken
charge of the ten acre ranch on Brockton and Bandidi avenues, Riverside, planted to navel and seedling oranges,
and is making a success of the undertaking. A member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, she is active in all of
its departments of usefulness, and she is also a member of the Eastern Star and the Woman's Relief Corps.
History of Riverside County, California
With a Biographical Review
History by Elmer Wallace Holmes
And other well known writers
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1912
Riverside County, CA
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