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CRANE, George H. 1868-1931


Posted By: Blanche Thurman (email)
Date: 1/5/2016 at 23:32:11

Dr. G. H. Crane

The "Finis" was written in the life story of Doctor g. H. Crane last Tuesday evening March 31, 1931 at Orlando, Florida, whither he had gone nearly five months to improve his health.

Dr George Henry Crane, a son of Thomas and Elizabeth Crane was born at Oxford Mills, Jones county, Iowa on September 23, 1868. He reached the age of 62 years, 6 months and 8 days.

About fifty-five years ago the family moved to western Iowa and located near Battle Creek, where deceased received the rudiments of his education in the country school. As was customary with the boys on the farm, he helped along with the work on the farm and attended school as much as possible, especially during the winter months.

In 1890 he attended the State Teachers College at Cedar Falls after which he taught school, alternating teaching and attending school for several years. However, this was but a stepping stone to his real life work or profession. His ambition was to become a physician. He therefore betook himself to the state medical college at Iowa City in 1892 and graduated from the same in 1896.

For a very brief period he practiced medicine in Grundy Center, after which he came to Holstein, October 2, 1896, where he lived and practiced since and built up an extensive practice and met with his share of success.

This community has many a youth and those approaching middle-life who think of Dr. Crane as "their doctor" at the inception of life. And many are they both young and old, who feel that their span of life has been prolonged because of the Doctor's skill at some time or other. Again, many a case could be cited where the Doctor had ministered and given of his best only to see life slowly ebbing away.

On June 15, 1898, he was united in marriage to Miss Anna Gilbert of Odebolt, who proved herself a real helpmate and a jewel exceptionally quality. Five children were born to them, three sons and tow daughters. One son died in infancy and George Jr. at the age of twenty years. The surviving are Dr. Wendell Crane, who is following his fathers profession and carrying forward his practice, Mrs. Evelyn Stern of Storm Lake, and Miss Opal, a senior in the Holstein high school.

During his life Dr. Crane took an interest in many community affairs. For many years he was a member of the school board, which position he resigned when he left for Florida. He was a member of the Ida County and State Medical societies, as well as the American Medical Association. Fraternally he belonged to the Woodmen of the World, to the Order of Eastern Star and Masons. He was a member of the Alpine Lodge No. 471.

Besides his immediate family he leaves to mourn his death his five brothers, namely, Dr. E.H. of Inglewood, California, Dr. E. T. of Spokane, Washington, T. S. of Denver, Colorado, E. E. of Inola, Oklahoma and C. E. of Battle Creek.

Funeral services were held on Monday afternoon from the doctor's home and at Turner Hall. Rev. J. V. Madison, a former pastor, preached the sermon. He was assisted by Rev. A. W. Gauger of this city and Rev. F. L. Kruwell of Arthur.


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