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Title: James H. Crane
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Among the progressive farmers of Van Buren township worthy of special notice in a work of this character is the well known gentleman under whose name the following lines are written. Henry Crane, father of the subject, was born in Warren county, Ohio, in 1808, came to Fountain county, Indiana, many years ago and improved the farm in Van Buren township which James H. now owns. He was an industrious tiller of the soil, a praiseworthy citizen and departed this life in 1894, lamented by all who knew him. Evaline Simmerman, wife of Henry Crane and mother of the subject, is a native of Fountain county, Indiana.

James H. Crane was born February 7, 1857, in Fountain county, Indiana, and received his early education in the public school. Actuated by a laudable desire to increase his scholastic knowledge, he subsequently entered Union Christian College in Sullivan county, where he pursued his studies for two years, during which time he finished the teacher's course with the object in view of engaging in educational work. After one term in the school room, however, he decided to adopt some other vocation; accordingly he turned his attention to agriculture, which he has since followed with gratifying success, being at this time one of the enterprising farmers of Van Buren township, as well as a representative citizen of the community in which he resides. For some years Mr. Crane paid considerable attention to live stock and was successful in the breeding and the raising of high-grade Poland China hogs, but of late he has grown grain almost exclusively, though keeping some cattle, which add very materially to his income. The farm which he owns consists of one hundred and sixty-eight acres of fine land, all except twenty-five acres in cultivation and highly improved. The unimproved tract is covered with excellent timber, maple predominating, and his sugar camp is one of the best in the country. This woods, which is little disturbed, is the habitat of various kinds of wild animals and during certain seasons of the year Mr. Crane finds recreation in hunting this game, being a keen sportsman and skillful with the gun. As already indicated, the Crane farm was first settled by the subject's father, who cleared the greater part of the land and made most of the improvements. Under the efficient management of the present proprietor, who has remodeled the buildings and added other improvements, it is now one of the best farms in the township and as a place of residence it answers every purpose which a comfortable and attractive rural home is designed to subserve.

In the year of 1883 Mr. Crane contracted a matrimonial alliance with Margaret Coffing, daughter of Dayton and Margaret (Marquess) Coffing, to which union two children were born, Glenn, who married Irma Campbell and manages the home place, and Fred, who assists in the cultivation of the farm and who is also married, his wife having formerly been Lena Bever, of this county. In public matters Mr. Crane has well settled convictions and his reading and investigation have led him to espouse the cause of socialism as the best and surest correction for prevalent national evils. He is a reader and thinker, well informed on the great questions of the times and keeps in close touch with current events, on all of which he has well grounded and decided opinions. The mother of Mr. Crane is still living at a good old age and makes her home under his roof.

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Date: 1/1/1913
Origin: Past and Present of Fountain and Warren Counties Indiana
Author: Thomas A. Clifton, Editor
Record ID: 00001169
Type: Book
Source Archive: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Date Entered: 8/10/2001
Collection: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Entered By: Leslie J. Rice

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