by Don Chaney

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

Article #34
Taken from the Crane News, published September 3, 1998.


     C. C. Carll used to come to Crane real often.  I believe he ranThe Crane News and The McCamey News at that time.  Perhaps this was about 1949.  I remember four things about him.  One, he was a good newspaper man and two, he was well liked because he was outgoing, pleasant and was a joker.  This brought on the third thing.  My old partner, Neal Cook, was also a joker, but he was quite violent compared to Carll.  Neal had a bad habit of "frogging" guys on the arm with his knuckles, raising a sore knot.  He popped Carll a time or two, who got enough of that and got even.  No, he didn't frog Neal, but he outfoxed him.  He got a sheet metal man to make him a heavy metal shield which he wore under his shirt sleeve.  He purposely laid his arm out close to the culprit who gleefully popped his knuckles onto the metal protector and nearly broke a finger.  Now forth recollection.  This man was a basketball player deluxe.  When he played for McCamey High, I played against him in Alpine in the District Tournament.  Believe it or not, this was about 1931.  He was the best high school basketball player I have ever seen.  Thanks to this guy, McCamey beat us Wink players like patting at a dance.  He had a graceful and fluid set of movements that was a joy to watch.  He had the talent of a Harlem Globe Trotter.

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