by Don Chaney

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

Article #52
Taken from the Crane News, published September 9, 1999.


     Since the 70th anniversary of the Crane Methodist Church is coming Oct. 23-24 of this year, I would like to recall some of the events concerning at church.

     I arrived in Crane on June 30, 1936, seven years after this church was organized.  The pastor at that time was H. L. McAlister.

     The church was on the north corner of the block where it is now on the south corner.  Across the back a Sunday school addition and kitchen were built.  Next door was a Magnolia Oil Co. superintendent's house.  This was bought and used for a parsonage for awhile and a fellowship hall was built. This later became the first Youth Center in Crane.

     One time the roof of the Sunday school and kitchen got into poor repair.  Bill Clayton of Crane Well Service Company had bought out the Russell Thomas Lumber Company where Key energy is now.  He told us to go there and get all of the roofing material and anything else we needed to repair the church at no charge.  A bunch of us rookie roofers had fun and problems but we fixed the roof.

     Rev. Bob Tomlinson held the first service in the new building on May 19, 1955.  The old building was sold to another church and moved to Dorethea Street and is still serving church families.

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