by Don Chaney

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

Article #28
Taken from the Crane News, published June 25, 1998.


     Mr. Martin, school superintendent when our modern brick school was built, was a great man.  His initials were L. L.  His name was Leland L.  We called him "Loose Leaf".  He was very tall and thin.  He was way ahead of his time as a school administrator.  As I have mentioned before, his new school system design was more modern than any system up to that time.  It was pictured in "Life Magazine" as a pattern for future school buildings.  He was a very religious man.  He taught our non-denominational men's class at the theatre which still stands.  We had a piano, a talented piano player, a song leader and more than 100 men on Sunday morning.  Mr. Martin was what I call a "Bible thumper".  When he got to the word "God", it was in a sonorous voice that echoed around the theatre.  If I remember correctly, this Sunday School Class went on for several years and had a very distinctive effect on the community.  We had men who hadn't been to church in years, if ever.  Mrs. Martin was a great lady.  She gave the kids that were booked for a picnic this recipe; one can Spam, one small jar of pimentos, two tablespoons of sweet relish, two hard boiled eggs and two tablespoons of mayonnaise.  Grind it all together. This made great sandwiches that were out of this world.  Try it - you'll like it!

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