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Crane, F. Marion
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Source: Past and Present of Pike County, Page 357-358


Dr. F. Marion Crane, successfully engaged in the practice of medicine and surgery in Pittsfield, was born near this city upon the home farm in Newburg township, July 20, 1862, his parents being Lafayette and Susan U. (Leeds) Crane. The mother is now living in Newburg township at the age of seventy-seven years. The parents removed to Illinois from Ohio, and were natives of the Buckeye state and Pennsylvania respectively. They located in Pike county at an early epoch in its development, and Lafayette Crane devoted his attention to the various pursuits of farming, carpentering and cabinet-making. His later years, however, were given entirely to agricultural pursuits, and he continued upon the home farm until his death, which occurred in 1863, at the age of sixty-eight years. In his family were three daughters, who are residents of Newburg township- Mrs. D. B. Rose, Mrs. R. M. Weeks and Mrs. Eliza A. Fenton.

Dr. Crane also has one living brother, A. D. Crane, a farmer, residing on the old homestead; and there is also a half-brother, Felix L. Crane, who is located in Stafford county, Kansas. One brother is deceased, Eli L., and also a half-brother Ezra. Both Ezra and Felix were born in Ohio. George W., another brother, died at the age of fourteen years, and one sister, Mary Elizabeth, died in infancy.

Dr. Crane was reared in Pike county, and in its schools acquired his early education, which was supplemented by three years' attendance at the Illinois State Normal University at Normal. He early became familiar with the duties and labors that fall to the lot of the agriculturist upon the home farm. He read medicine with Dr. J. Smith Thomas, of Pleasant Hill, Illinois, while teaching school in that section, and subsequently matriculated in Rush Medical College of Chicago, where he completed the regular course in 1892. Immediately afterward he entered upon the practice of medicine with Dr. Thomas, at Pleasant Hill, with whom he was associated for three and a half years. On the expiration of that period he went to the Hawaiian Islands as one of the government physicians, but upon returning home for his family to take them to the islands he was taken ill with typhoid fever, and his wife contracted the same disease three days later. He then resigned his position, and has since practiced in Pittsfield with constantly growing success, keeping in touch with the progress that is continually being made by the medical fraternity as investigation. research and experiment promote the efficiency of its followers. He practices along modern, scientific lines, and has recently completed and occupies a fine new office building near his home, supplied with all modern equipments. He owns a splendid compound toeplerholtz static machine of the Nelson type, on which he can use all static currents including the X-Ray.

Dr. Crane was married to Miss Eva H. Plattner, who was born and reared in Pittsfield, and is a daughter of A. W. Plattner, an undertaker of this city. The Doctor and his wife have two children: Florine May, who was born at Pleasant Hill, Illinois, in 1894; and Russell Andrew, whose birth occurred in Pittsfield in 1896. The parents are members of the Christian church; and Dr. Crane is a republican in his political views, but without aspiration for office. He is serving on the official board of the church and takes an active and helpful interest in its work. He is also a member of the school board, and was on the pension board until it resigned bodily, a new board being later appointed. In the line of his profession he is connected with the Pike County and Illinois State Medical Societies and the American Medical Association, and is vice president of the first named. The profession as well as the general public recognize his skill, and learning. He maintains a high standard of professional ethics, and by reading and research is continually broadening his knowledge so that he is well qualified to meet the responsibilities that devolve upon him in connection with the important work he has chosen as his life vocation.

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