by Don Chaney

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

Article #7
Taken from the Crane News, published July 10, 1997.


     Across from the store was a theatre.  They had a very good attendance.  One night a week they had "Bank Night." The theatre was full that night.  You had your number on a ticket each time you attended.  They drew one on "Bank Night."  You had to be present to win.  I cannot remember the amounts of the pot but I am sure it was not in the ball game with the lottery prizes of today.  I have a vague remembrance of $100.00 at one time.  There was a pool hall close to the "show" as we called it.  Also there was a bakery there.  On the corner was an Humble Oil Co. service station.  On our side of the street Pat Passur had a pool hall but in the front he had a "hamburger joint."  I still remember how good the hamburgers were.  Pool halls were not frequented by women or children but the front of Pat's Place was a popular place for them to pick up the delicious burgers.  The bakery was run for years by Preston Stell.  Also for years it was run by Alton Evans.

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