by Don Chaney

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

Article #39
Taken from the Crane News, published December 31, 1998.


     We did not have a TV weatherman to tell us a "front" was coming.  We had never even heard of a "front".  There was no radio news.  In fact there were very few radios.  Our news of events including war news came in the theatre by way of the Pathe News on the movie screen.  Some of this news was a week old when we heard it.  Our weather forecast came when a neighbor asked if we had looked up towards the North.  We ran out and looked.  The sky looked as if there was a wall several hundred feet high.  It was thick with a dusty, sandy and ominous look.  The wind came first and then the sand. Part of this time, they were having the "Dust Bowl" in Oklahoma and Kansas.  It did not help much to close the doors and windows.  The tents and tar paper shacks could not keep the sand out.  Later, our frame houses could not keep it out either.  Housewives would cry and then start digging out sand and dirt.  In winter and late fall the "Blue Northers" came howling in from the North.  These were someties called "Things" and "Boogers".

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