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Crane, Irvin Sylvanus 1858 - 1926


Posted By: Reid R. Johnson (email)
Date: 11/20/2018 at 10:11:02

Elkader Register, Thur., 11 Feb. 1926.

Irvin S. Crane, for many years a rural mail carrier out of Elkader was found dead in the corn field on the place where he had been living in Read township, at about 3:10 Monday afternoon. Heart trouble was apparently the cause of his death.

When Milo Murphy, route carrier, passed the place Monday afternoon he saw Mr. Craine's team out in front and apparently they had ran into the fence. Thinking that possibly something was wrong, Mr. Murphy stopped and with Mr. Wm. Crane went to the field where Mr. Crane senior had been for a load of corn stalks. Here they found him, already cold in death.

Irvin Crane was about sixty-seven years of age, and his kindly disposition won him a host of friends during the years he served on the mail route, who will miss his genial salutation.

The funeral services will be held tomorrow (Friday) morning at eleven o'clock in the Congregational church and at the Illyria church later. He will be buried in the Illyria cemetery.


Elkader Register, Thur., 18 Feb. 1926.

Irvin Sylvanus Crane was born near Wadena, Fayette county, Iowa, Aug. 15, 1858, and had reached the age of 67 years, 6 months and 11 days at the time of his death on the farm he was working east of Elkader, on Monday, February 8, 1926. His parents were Myron and Mary Elizabeth Crane, of English descent.

Mr. Crane grew to young manhood on the home farm and in September, 1877 he was married to Miss Mary E. Seward who preceded him in death in March, 1904. To them were born five sons and four daughters. One son, Stephen, is dead. Those surviving are: John at Worthing, S.D.; Mrs. R. W. Schaffer, Elgin, Iowa; Mrs. Frank Else and Mrs. Edwin Else, Valley Springs, N.D.; Mrs. Otto Wirth, Wadena, Iowa; Jess S. and William P. of Elkader; Jasper H. Crane of Volga, Iowa.

Shortly after their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Crane went to Audubon county, Iowa, where they lived about two years. They then moved to Miner county, S.D., where they homesteaded a claim and lived until 1899. That year they came to Fayette county living on a farm in Highland township.

In 1906 he was married to Mrs. Ida Patterson and in March, 1907, they came to Elkader to live. One son, L. D. Crane, was born to them.

Shortly after coming to Elkader Mr. Crane became the mail carrier on route number one out of here and continued in that occupation about seventeen years, retiring about a year ago. During the past summer and this winter he has been working a small farm in Read township.

Besides the members of Mr. Crane's immediate family mentioned above, he is survived by the following brothers and sisters: Jess Crane, Fedora, S.D.; Peter Crane, Mitchell, S.D.; Mrs. J. S. Moore, Wadena; Mrs. Jos. Sturtevant, Mitchell, S.D.; Mrs. A. L. Eller, Cascade, Montana; and Mrs. Stephen Corbin, Carthage, S.D.; together with forty-one grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Mr. Crane was an industrious hard working man, a good citizen. He was always genial and friendly, with a cheerful sally for a friend even when sadly crippled with rheumatism, from which he was a great sufferer. His faithful work on the mail route and his cheerful greetings made him a host of friends who will miss him.

Funeral services were held last Friday at the Congregational church at 11 o'clock. The remains were then taken to the Illyria church in Highland township where services were held. Interment was in the Illyria cemetery, Rev. W. J. Warner officiating.

(Note: The surname Crane/Craine was spelled both ways in the articles, as shown.)


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