Transcribed from "History of North Washington, an illustrated history of Stevens, Ferry, Okanogan and Chelan counties", published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.

     WILLIAM H. MCDANIEL, who resides about one mile north from Loomis, is one of the leading stockmen of Okanogan county, having labored in that industry here for nearly twenty years, while also following other occupations.  He is a man of stability and is known as one of the upright and sagacious citizens whole labors have wrought much towards opening and improving the country.
     William H. McDaniel was born in Sherbrook, Nova Scotia, on November 8, 1856, the son of John and Mary (Bent) McDaniel, natives of Nova Scotia.  The father was a sea captain and followed a seafaring life all his days.  William H. was the fifth of a family of nine children, and remained in his native place until the spring of 1871.  During these years he studied in the public schools and wrought at various occupations.  In the spring of the year last mentioned, he came to Wisconsin and went thence to the Red River of the North, but later returned to Wisconsin.  In 1875 he went to San Francisco, and thence by steamboat to Portland.  Soon, however, he returned to the Golden Gate and for four years drove horse street cars in the metropolis of the Pacific coast.  It was about 1880 that Mr. McDaniel went to Arizona, New Mexico, Old Mexico and the adjacent regions doing prospecting and mining.  The Indians were hostile and he endured all the hardships that the hardy pioneer is subject to.  He was in the leading camps of the regions mentioned, then came to Victoria, on his way to Alaska.  Abandoning the trip at that point, he came to the coal fields near Seattle, and the following year went to the north fork of the Coeur d'Alene river, via Rathdrum and the Evolution trail.  In May he turned from there to the Okanogan country and packed his goods on a cayuse.  He soon was in charge of the stock of Henry Wellington, in which capacity he continued for some years.  During the nine years in which he cared for these cattle he was also freighting from Sprague to Spokane, and as there were no roads and no ferrys it was a long and tedious work.  The Indian canoes were brought into requisition to carry their goods across the Columbia.  In 1884, Mr. McDaniel located his present ranch and from the first began to gain stock for himself.  Now he has several hundred acres of good land and does a general farming business besides raising stock and also handling a dairy which supplies Loomis.  Mr. McDaniel also sells many beef cattle each year.
     On January 30, 1896, Mr. McDaniel married Miss Harriet R., daughter of C. H. and Emily J. Baldwin, who live on a ranch adjoining Mr. McDaniel's.  Mrs. McDaniel was born in Randolph county, Indiana.  Mr. McDaniel is a member of the W. O. W.