It never hurts to revisit the newspaper sites you've already checked to see if there are any new additions. Many of these sites and libraries are continually adding new papers and issues. This is something I do periodically and recently I was surprised to find a more detailed obituary than the one my grandmother had a copy of from the Cortland Standard. Finally, the circumstances surrounding the death of Percy H. Daniels have surfaced. It was printed in the Cortland Democrat, Friday, December 20, 1940, which reads:
Percy Daniels, 59, Dead at McGraw
McGraw, Dec. 19 - Percy Daniels, 59 passed away on December 13. He had just backed his car out of the driveway of his home near Baker school house but stopped instead of driving on. A few minutes later when his wife went to investigate, she found him dead at the wheel. Coroner Chapin was called and gave the verdict of death from heart trouble.
He is survived by his wife, a daughter and a sister. He was a former resident of Olympia, Wash. Funeral services were held at Wright's undertaking rooms in Cortland on Sunday. Burial will be made in Cortland Rural Cemetery.