Guy Gilman Crane (1874-1950)

Guy Gilman Crane
Young Guy Crane
Born:19 May 1874 Flora, Illinois
Died:10 Apr 1950 Cincinnati, Ohio
Father:Dwight Kellogg Crane
Mother:Orena Elizabeth Gilman
SiblingsDelos Orin Crane
Cora Eliza Crane
Charles Clyde Crane
Guy Gilman Crane
Married:19 May 1897 Cincinnati, Ohio
Spouse:Edith Stanley Andrus
Children:Gladys Faith Crane
Dorothy Andrus Crane
Roderic Dwight Crane
Baby boy Crane
Elizabeth Helen Crane

Grand Rapids Press, Tuesday, April 11, 1950:

Retired Utilities'
Executives Passes

Guy G. Crane, 76 of Cincinnati, Ohio, who was widely know in Grand Rapids utility circles when he served as manager of the electric light department at Lansing and as manager of the gas services at Owosso, died late Monday night at his home in Cincinnati.

Mr. Crane was the father of Mrs. Hubert L. Houser of 359 Bristol-rd., NW, and had been a frequent visitor in Grand Rapids.

He is survived by the widow, Edith; three daughters, Mrs. Houser, Mrs. Donald Price of Petoskey and Mrs. A. M. Boothe of Cincinnati, and one son, Roderick of Battle Creek.

Funeral services and burial will be at Cincinnati.


The Rockford Morning Star, undated clipping:


Tributes Paid Departing
Water Superintendent;
Remembrances Given.

Rockford lodge of Elks gathered around the banquet board last evening to do honor to Guy G. Crane, retiring superintendent of the city water department, and to bade him farewell before he left their midst to go to Lansing, Mich. He was presented with a Rockford watch and his wife was given a silver vegetable dish, also made in Rockford.

Dinner was served at 6:30 with about 250 present. Al J. Holtz called them to order after dessert, introducing T. D. Reber as toastmaster. Mr. Reber paid a tribute to Mr. Crane and reviewed what he had done in the city since he had been here.

Mayor Bennett gave him much credit for the present efficiency of the water department, said he had reduced the pumpage 25 per cent, saved a million gallons of water for the city a day, and had put the department in better shape than it ever was.

Harry B. Norton, Harry N. Johnson, Bruce Garrett, Emmet Wilson, J. V. Riley, B. F. Harris, Fred E. Carpenter and Dr. C. J. Sowle also responded to toasts, the latter making the presentation speech.

A feature of the evening was an impromptu poem by B. F. [Benjamin Franklin] Harris which described his sentiments as follows:

The Crane Family, May 21, 1899
Around the festive board tonight
     All are merry and gay,
But a tinge of sadness underlies
     Cause one is a goin' away.
Some will sing and some will shout
     All will make some noise,
But a tinge of sadness underlies
     We're losin' one of the boys.
The banquet's dry; you know why,
     We have a champion here!
He likes the noise, he loves the boys
     But Lord how he hates beer!
Sing ho! for the man
Sing ho! for the friend!
     Sing ho! once more and again,
God doesn't make much better en
     Than Brother Guy G. Crane.

[This quote comes from another, un-sourced, article about the same Elks Banquet]:

There were many good points brought out in the exceptionally fine addresses made at the farewell dinner but the thought expressed by Mr. Crane was the gem of the evening.

"You men who put your arms around me and took me into your hearts and homes when I came to you seven years ago a stranger, will never know what a tremendous thing for my betterment you did. You did more - much more - for me than I have done for Rockford. I know you have done as much for other young men. I know you have taken them into your hearts and homes, have put their feet upon paths that lead to better and bigger things and I want you to realize what a splendid big thing you are doing for us younger men. That's why every young man who goes out from under your training and tears himself from your homes and your friendship and from your city to seek bigger tasks in bigger fields, is always and eternally a Rockford booster. That's why while I shall give Lansing the best that is in me, shall strive my hardest to make good and live up to the splendid things you have said about me as best I can. I shall forever boost for Rockford as long as memory lasts and speech is given me."

Unnamed newspaper, Saturday, November 29, 1913:

Loss to the City.

The resignation of Guy Crane as superintendent of the water department, will generally regretted by all citizens and his departure means a loss to the municipal service, for he has proven a most faithful, capable and painstaking servant of the people.

Mr. Crane possesses the push, ability and capacity to have accomplished much good in the water department had he remained here, but he can hardly be blamed for leaving, in view of the fact that the offer which he has accepted from Lansing, Mich., carries with it nearly double the salary he has been receiving in Rockford. During his incumbency Mr. Crane has inaugurated a number of changes for the betterment of the water system and he has many others in mind, the plans for which he had not fully matured. His place will not be an easy one for the mayor to fill.

Mr. Crane is a most genial, likable fellow, who has built up a large circle of friends since he came here seven years ago. They all hate to see him leave Rockford, but at the same time rejoice in his well merited promotion. Mr. Crane has entered most heartily into every movement which has had for its purpose the boosting or betterment of Rockford, and he will be much missed when he leaves the first of the year.


*Personal knowledge of Dorothy Andrus Crane Price

*Aunt Gladys Houser's Marriage Book in possession of Donna Heinz in April 1990.
               Guy died of Cancer.

*Death: Walnut Hills Cemetery records:
             Name: Guy Gilman Crane
             Address: 1758 Cleneay Ave., Norwood, Ohio
             Born: Flors, Clay Co., Illinois
             Date of Death: Apr 10, 1950
             Age: 75
             Reason: Carcinoma of Colon
             Marital Status: M(arried)
             Spouse: Edith S. Andrus Crane
             Parents: Dwight Kellog Crane & Orena Elizabeth GIlman
             Nearest Relative: Edith
             Relative Address:
             Interment Number: 48075
             Interment Date: Apr 13, 1950
             Cemetery Location: Section: 7 Lot: 185 Grave: J-K Row:
             Funeral Director: W.D.JACOCKS CO.
             Remarks: Lot Owner-H. Leinweber

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