Percy in Mendocino County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Mignon “Minnie” Stoddard Lilley
In the woods across the road behind you lies the mausoleum of Minnie Stoddard Lilley, a homesteader, pioneer and teacher of early Mendocino County. From 1904 to 1936 Stoddard taught in a one room schoolhouse in the Andersonia/Percy area. For many years, she used a horse-drawn buggy to pick-up some of her students to bring them to school. In 1904 Minnie set out to homestead a claim on the South Fork Eel River and discribed her first night alone in her cabin as having " a prayer on my lips and pistol in my hand." She married William Lilley in 1905. In 1925, they purchased a 55-acre parcel of redwood trees, simply because it contained the "Fraternal Monarch," a 301-foot-tall tree with a burned out center which now is known as "The World Famous Tree House." When construction of the Redwood Highway began in 1929, the Lilleys deeded land for the project to the state for $10.00 and the convict laborers working on the road lived in the Tree House during construction. With the subsequent rise in tourism in the Redwood Country, Minnie opened the first gift shop in the area in the center of her Tree House. Minnie passed away on March 8, 1947 and was buried, according
Yerba Buena Chapter 1 Capitulus Redivivus of the Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus
1. Mignon "Minnie" Stoddard Lilley Marker
to her wishes, to be amongst her beloved trees for eternity.
April 1, 2018
2. Mignon "Minnie" Stoddard Lilley Marker - Wide View
Erected 2016 by Yerba Buena #1 E Clampsus Vitus Credo Quia Absurdum.
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
Location. 39° 55.133′ N, 123° 45.886′ W. Marker is in Percy, California, in Mendocino County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 101. Touch for map. Marker is located at Confusion Hill. Marker is at or near this postal address: 75001 US-101, Piercy CA 95587, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within walking distance of this marker. Confusion Hill (within shouting distance of this marker).
Categories. • Man-Made Features • Settlements & Settlers • Women •
3. Mausoleum of Mignon "Minnie" Stoddard Lilley
4. The World Famous Tree House
5. Confusion Hill
Sign above the entrance a few steps to the left of the marker.
6. Vintage Postcard View of the Tree House
7. Vintage Postcard View of the Tree House
Credits. This page was last revised on April 6, 2018. This page originally submitted on March 25, 2017, by Frank Gunshow Sanchez of Hollister, California. This page has been viewed 131 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on March 25, 2017. 2. submitted on April 6, 2018. 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 25, 2017. 6, 7. submitted on April 1, 2017. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.