by Don Chaney

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

Article #69
Taken from the Crane News, published August 3, 2000.


     I remember stories handed down by my ancestors of early days in America.  These stories are not necessary to make me thankful for my heritage as an American.  I thank God real often that I was born in the good old United States.  Our forefathers took some tough times in stride to keep going and lay the basis for the country in which we now live and enjoy.  My grandmother, Clara Davis, came from Virginia to Indiana as a little girl with her parents in a covered wagon.  This was my grandmother and great-grandmother and grandfather.  In later years she wrote an account of the journey that was published.  She married my grandfather, Dave Chaney.  It wasn't easy for him.  Her parents were staunch Quakers.  It was years before Dave got to marry her and only then after he joined the Quakers.  Not long after that, he got kicked out of the Quakers for conduct not becoming the faith.  However, she hung in with him.  His father, Abel Chaney, and his mother moved to Indiana from Tennessee in a two wheel ox cart.  What is sad to me is that the pioneer spirit, the love of country, the religious freedom and the morality of those times are gradually being eaten away by agnostics, atheists, non-thinkers, way out liberals and non-caring Americans.

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