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Crane, George W.


Age: 18, credited to Middlebury, VT
Unit(s): 26th IL INF, 1st RFLS Btln, MO INF
Service: Pvt, Co. I, 26th IL INF; Co. A, 1st RFLS Btln, MO INF

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Birth: 11/26/1843, Middlebury, VT
Death: 05/17/1913

Burial: Riverside Cemetery, Fort Benton, MT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer:
Findagrave Memorial #: 68083205


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 7/2/1890, MT; widow Julia J., 6/3/1913, MT
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: None


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Riverside Cemetery, Fort Benton, MT

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The death summons came suddenly to Postmaster George W. Crane, of this city, while he was sitting at the supper table Saturday evening. Mr. Crane had just arrived at home from the post office, and was apparently in excellent health, but while partaking of his evening meal he complained of sickness at the stomach. He was assisted to his bedroom, where he suddenly collapsed, and upon the arrival of a physician a few minutes later the condition of the patient was pronounced helpless. Apoplexy was the cause of his death, which came within half an hour from the time the patient was stricken. Mr. Crane was a native of Vermont, and was 69 years old. At the outbreak of the Civil War he was a resident of St. Louis, and enlisted in the army as a member of the Independent Rifle Company, and later organized a company of the 26th Illinois volunteers, with which he served three years.

At the close of the war Mr. Crane found temporary employment in Indiana and Missouri, and in 1866 decided to come West. After spending about a year in Nebraska, Mr. Crane located in Gallatin Valley, and engaged in various occupations, and later took part in several mining stampedes. In the early seventies he was engaged in the general merchandise business in Helena and Clancy, and in 1879 came to Fort Benton, and opened a news and novelty store.

During his residence of over a third of a century in this city, Mr. Crane filled several positions of honor and trust. He served as Mayor of the city, several times as Justice of the Peace. was clerk of the school board over twenty years, and has been postmaster here for three consecutive terma. In the latter capacity Mr. Crane formed an acquaintance that include practically every resident of this city and surrounding county. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge, and enjoyed the respect and friendship of members of that fraternity in various parts of Montana.

Among the bereaved relatives are the wife of the deceased, and a family of three daughters and eight sons, to whom the sincere sympathy of the entire community is extended.

The funeral took place Monday afternoon, under the auspices of the Masonic Lodge, the members of which wore their regalia. The pallbearers were: George L. Overfield, George D. Patterson, W. J. Miner, Joseph S. Brown, William Rowe, and James Townsend. The casket was draped with the stars and stripes, and was covered with floral tributes from neighbors and friends. Military Honors were paid to the deceased by the attendance of a detachment of Company M. of Montana National Guard in uniform, and bearing arms, accompanied by the band. The latter headed the procession, from the family residence to St. Paulís church, playing a funeral march, and the military escort stood at salute as the casket was removed from the hearse. Following the Militia came several Grand Army Veterans, the members of the Mason's Lodge, and a long procession of old time neighbors and friends. Impressive services were conducted at St. Paul's Church by Rev. J. N. Chesnutt, the attendance being so large that many were unable to find standing room in the building. A long cortege followed the remains to Riverside Cemetery, where interment was made.

Source: The River Press (Fort Benton (MT), May 21, 1913
Courtesy of Deanna French

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