by Don Chaney

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

Article #50
Taken from the Crane News, published July 1, 1999.


     Through the years we have had one of the best school systems in the state of Texas.  This can be attributed to the personel and to the oil companies.  I cannot remember farther back than L. L. Martin.  This was in the forties.  We had Brady Nix, W. A. Miller, M. D. Ford and Jack Gothard as very able superintendents after Mr. Martin.  When the school was organized and then through the years, we drew the best, smartest and most educated principals and teachers available.  I knew a teacher or two who told me (and this is a fact) that they were attracted to Crane schools only because of money.  They intended to stay only long enough to get a comparable job somewhere else.  When they had been teaching here a year or two, they loved their jobs, the other teachers, the school system, the kids and the administration.  I cannot begin to remember all the fine teachers we have had.  Winnie Browning and Paul Patterson came to mind as caring teachers.  Inez Dosset, another fine teacher, and Winnie Browning were both in some of my college classes at John Tarleton College. I won't mention the year.  Bill Mayes was an excellent "shop" teacher for many years.  Garl Follis ran the auto shop and taught well in mechanics for the kids.  Roger Hailey is doing a remarkable job as our current superintendent.  He has to worry about finances more than our early administrators and boards.  The oil companies split up and assumed the total budgets.  No school taxes for us.  How about that?  Let's not forget Clint Carroll and Joe Allen.  Also Pearl Pittman and Nettie Kelley.

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