Biography of Ray A. Daniels
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

ROY ARVID DANIELS has been a well known citizen and business man of Lakewood for over twenty years, and for seventeen years he has been identified with the undertaking and funeral directing interests of the city. He was born on the old Daniels homestead in Crawford County, Pennsylvania, on May 23, 1883, the son of Frank M. and Evaline (Hanna) Daniels, both of whom are natives of Crawford County, the father the son of Howard I. Daniels, the mother the daughter of Abraham Hanna, the grandfathers having been early settlers of Crawford County.

Roy A. was reared on the home farm and was educated in the public schools. He spent the first eighteen years of his life on the farm, and in 1901 he came to Cleveland. He was in the employ of the Big Four Railway in this city for one year, and then removed to, Lakewood, which at that time was but a village, and Mr. Daniels may lay claim to being one of its pioneers.

In Lakewood Mr. Daniels was first engaged in the retail grocery business, and in 1907 he entered the undertaking business as a member of the firm of Mastick & Daniels, the pioneer funeral directors of the community. This firm was continued until 1924, although the senior member of it died in 1920, his interests having been taken over by his widow, with Mr. Daniels in active charge of threntire business. Mrs. Mastick died in October, 1923. On June 1, 1924, the business was merged with that of Saxton & Son, under the firm name of Saxton, Daniels & Mastick, with Frank R. Saxton as the senior member.

Mr. Daniels has been active and prominent in the civic and social affairs of Lakewood for many years, taking part in all movements which have promoted the growth and welfare of the city. He is a member of the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce, a charter member of Lakewood Lodge of Elks, a member of Lakewood Kiwanis Club, and of the Lakewood Republican Club. He is a member of Lakewood Lodge No. 601, Free and Accepted Masons ; Cunningham Chapter, Royal Arch Masons ; Holy Grail Commandery, Knights Templar; Al Sirat Grotto and Al Koran Shrine. He belongs also to Lakewood Lodge No. 729, Knights of Pythias, the Knights of Malta and Modern Woodmen of America.

Mr. Daniels married Miss Mabel G. Sikes, who was born in Crawford County, Pennsylvania, the daughter of LeRoy Sikes. To Mr. and Mrs. Daniels two daughters have been born: Jessie Evelyn and Frances Marie.

A History of Cuyahoga County
and the City of Cleveland
By: William R. Coates
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York, 1924

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