by Don Chaney

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

Article #8
Taken from the Crane News, published July 17, 1997.


     I remember when the big new brick school building was built in Crane.  The most popular magazine of that era was Life Magazine.  They had a picture of the building with the caption "The most modern and best equipped school building in the United States. It cost more than one million dollars."  They were correct because it was super deluxe.

     I remember our Lion's Club put on a "Womanless Wedding Show" in the school auditorium.  The school superintendent, L. L. Martin was the preacher.  Neal Cook was the mother of the bride.  He sat on the front seat and cried with gusto during the whole ceremony.  I sang a wedding song and I was dressed in a long dress.  It was a scream.  We put it on two nights and played to packed houses.  I wish I could remember all of the players.  I remember R. E. Wesberry as the groom in the womanless wedding and Hayden Wilmoth as the bride.  Does anyone remember some of them?

     In 1936, I also remember when the big rock community hall building on sixth street was constructed.  One of the rock masons was a man named Thannisch.  He was related to the Clark family -- John Clark and Quay Clark.

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