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CRANE, Socrates S. 1844 - 1919


Posted By: Joey Stark
Date: 5/25/2021 at 21:22:46

"The Fairfield Daily Journal"
Wednesday, December 10, 1919
Page 2, Column 4


S. S. CRANE, a former sheriff of Jefferson county, died suddenly this morning, death resulting from heart failure.

Mr. CRANE had been in poor health for the past year. He was found dead early this morning in his room at the Mrs. J. C. Mulligan home on West broadway. He had evidently just arisen and was preparing to start the fires, as he was found lying beside the wood box.

Mr. CRANE was born and raised in Jefferson county and for a number of years made his home on a farm near Glasgow. He is a Civil war veteran and was 74 years of age at the time of his death. In 1892 he was elected Sheriff of Jefferson county and served for two terms.

He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Chirs (sic) BLOUGH of near this city, and Mrs. Ed. BELL of Cameron, Mo.

Funeral services will be held Friday, the hour to be announced later.


"The Fairfield Daily Journal"
Thursday, December 11, 1919
Page 2, Column 3


The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the Milliken home on East Broadway.


"The Fairfield Daily Journal"
Friday, December 12, 1919
Page 4, Columns 1 and 2


Socrates S. CRANE, one of the best known old settlers, familiarly known as "Soc," died early Wednesday morning. Mr. CRANE passed away just as he wished, not to be a care to anyone, having been in good health up to the hour of his death about 1:00 a.m., December 10th.

Mr. CRANE was born in the State of Ohio, October 1st, 1844, the son of George S. and Lucy CRANE and removed to Iowa with his parents about 1856. His life since then has been largely spent in Jefferson county near Glasgow, where he enlisted at the age of 17 years with the consent of his father to aid the cause of freedom during the Civil war in which he served three years and was in many battles but was taken prisoner and confined at Belle Isle, Libby and Andersonville prisons. He was in Andersonville when the spring broke out in the prison pen which furnished the prisoners with pure, welcome water. Few are the men who went through the Civil war who had the varied and hard war experience of Mr. CRANE.

After his return from the war followed farming for a number of years and then was elected Sheriff of Jefferson county for two terms, the three terms indicating the good attention and manner he used in conducting his office.

Mr. CRANE was married shortly after the war, in 1872, to Miss Etta COCHRAN, and to them were born three children, one dying in infancy. Their two girls, Mrs. David BLOUGH, of Jefferson county, and Mrs. Ed. BELL of Cameron, Mo., survive. Mrs. Susan LOWEN and Miss Addie CRANE, two sisters of Mr. CRANE's, still survive him, at Rome, Ia.

Ralph Lamson commenting on the death of Mr. CRANE speaks as follows:

"Soc" never became an old man, although in his 76th year, and could converse with the best posted men of the day on the current event of the world as he daily read the newspapers and had a mind of his own to put his construction as to what was best.

But when it came to reminiscing about early times in Iowa his wonderful experiences durig the civil war, his prison life, and his different work with various criminals in his Sheriff's duties, was when he could interest the young as well as the old and he had as many young and middle aged friends as old friends, for he was always making new ones through his wonderful knowledge of mankind and through his experience with them.


"The Fairfield Daily Journal"
Saturday, December 13, 1919
Page 3, Column 1


... --Mr. and Mrs. Wm. CRANE of Mt. Pleasant, attended the funeral of the late S. S. CRANE, here, yesterday. ...

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Note: Buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Fairfield, IA, in Lot 2nd.168, with wife Henrietta 'Etta' COCHRAN CRANE.


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