by Don Chaney

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

Article #68
Taken from the Crane News, published June 8, 2000.


     This should be "We remember" because Virginia has lots of memories about the oilfields.  Her grandmother was running a boarding house for an oil company in Breckenridge where Virginia was born.  Her father worked for the same company.  The company was ready to get going big time in Iraan.  They asked her grandmother, a widow, to go to Iraan and establish a boarding house for all the single workers.  That was considered the jumping off place then.  She told the company that she would go if they transferred her son-in-law and daughter there also.  So Virginia went to Iraan in 1927 at the age of six.  There was no school there at that time.  She had home schooling until they build the school.  She remembers when oil would go over the top of the wooden derricks when a well "blew in".  She says the guys would run around under the oil spray seemingly happy.  They had to use lap robes in the car going to Midland or McCamey.  Also the dust and dirt would come up through the floorboards.  A company truck would haul the boarding house supplies from a wholesale house in McCamey.

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