by Don Chaney

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

Article #64
Taken from the Crane News, published February 24, 2000.


     There are several things I remember about Doc Flannagan.  I am not too sure about the spelling or his initials of W. A.  He was a paratrooper in World War II.  I an pretty sure that he had some decorations as a soldier.  I do know that he was a great guy and well liked.  He worked for Gulf Oil in the Sandhills area.  I first knew him when I came to Crane in 1936.  I also knew his mother, Mrs. Flannagan.  I repeat this name because Doc changed his name after his mother passed away.  He changed it to Haswell.  I once knew why, but I do not now.  In the 1950's Neal Cook and I had a grocery store across from the Methodist Church.  It was where Duckwall's is now.  At the time, there was a rash of looting around the country.  Doc came in one day and told me and Neal that if this situation came to Crane, he was taking a stand with his rifle behind some big arborvitaes there across the street.  Enough said.

     Now for the sad remembrance.  He and Blackie Padgett were in a car with my brother, Garl, on a Saturday night in McCamey when my brother was killed in a one car accident.  My brother was 27 years old and worked with Doc for Gulf.

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