by Don Chaney

Don Chaney is the former mayor and a long-time resident of Crane.

Article #3
Taken from the Crane News, published May 15, 1997.


     There were covered roofs over the sidewalks of most of the buildings on the west side of the main street of Crane -- Gaston.  The sidewalks were made of wood.  We used to hang stalks of bananas on nails from the roof out in front of the store.  We sold them for 9 cents a dozen. We had some curved bananas knives for customers to cut their own.  I remember the produce salesman would write "small fruit" on the order because we were selling them by the dozen.  There was no frozen food.  The milk was in quart glass bottles with round pasteboard stoppers.  These bottles had a deposit and were returned.  The nearest bank was in McCamey.  My guess is that there were about 6500 people in Crane.  The "Gulf Camp" had 175 houses all occupied by Gulf employees.  The school was built with temporary structures -- all wooden.

     We had an electric ceiling fan that hung in the school auditorium on a long pipe, and I do mean long half inch pipe.

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