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RG1635.AM:  Howard W. Crandall, 1875-1972

Reminiscences:  1957

Knox County, Nebraska:  Banker; businessman

Size:  One folder


Born in Cook County, Illinois, on June 21, 1875, Howard W. Crandall came to Nebraska with his parents in 1884.  The family settled in Knox County where they farmed.  Crandall married Clara Bonge at Niobrara, Nebraska, on September 1, 1897.  The couple had two children, Lorena and Leonard.  Crandall farmed for a number of years before serving as County Treasurer.  He went on to work for several banks, including the banks at Winnetoon and Surprise, Nebraska.  Howard and Clara eventually moved to Vancouver, Washington.  Howard W. Crandall died on November 27, 1972.  Clara (Bonge) Crandall died on July 5, 1975.  Both are buried in Old Vancouver City Cemetery.


This collection consists of one folder containing a photocopy of a 100-page reminiscence by Howard W. Crandall.  He wrote the reminiscence in 1957.  The reminiscence covers the time period 1884-1957.  Crandall describes the family settling in Knox County, Nebraska, in 1884; planting trees and raising crops and livestock on the farm; the births of his siblings; the blizzard of 1888; various local happenings; and his marriage to Clara Bonge.  The reminiscence goes on to document the births of Crandall’s children; his work as County Treasurer; the 1918 influenza pandemic; bank failures and economic conditions during the Great Depression; and taking a job at the bank in Surprise, Nebraska.  The reminiscence also has sections on hunting and wildlife, early schools, farming and drought, the court system at the time, and various other stories and anecdotes.

Note:  History Nebraska also holds copies (on microfilm) of the diaries of Howard Crandall’s father, Albert W. Crandall [RG1634.AM].  The Winnetoon Historical Society also holds copies of Howard Crandall’s reminiscences.


Howard W. Crandall reminiscences


Subject headings:

Agriculture — Nebraska

Banks and banking — Nebraska

Blizzards — Nebraska

Bonge family

Crandall family

Crandall, Howard W., 1875-1972

Depressions — 1929 — Nebraska

Farming — Nebraska — Knox County

Influenza Epidemic, 1918-1919 — Nebraska

Knox County (Neb.) — History



TMM     09-03-2020