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Arthur W. Crane
 Arthur W. Crane, 1868-

From American Series of Popular Biographies. Massachusetts Edition. This Volume Contains Biographical Sketches of Representative Citizens of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Boston: Graves & Steinbarger, 1891.


ARTHUR W. CRANE, proprietor of hack, livery, and boarding stable at Ashmont, is one of the most thriving and energetic young business men of Dorchester, where he was born February 29, 1868. His father, Henry Crane, Jr., and is grandfather, Henry Crane, Sr., were also natives of Dorchester.

Henry Crane, Jr., born in 1823, was brought up on the parental homestead, and from his father learned the blacksmith's trade, to which he devoted his entire attention until 1850. He then built a large stable, which he subsequently managed, in connection with the practice of his trade, until his death, March 29, 1890. In 1844 he married Mary A. Thayer, of Milton, Mass. They became the parents of eight children, namely: Henry, who in the employ of the Walter Baker Chocolate Company; Charles L. , a salesman, who died in 1893, aged forty-three years; Francis H., of the firm of Brock & Crane, Milton Lower Mills; Mary Ella, wife of T.W. Curtis, of Dorchester; Anna I., wife of George E. Burt, of Milton; Fannie A., wife of John A. Hall, of Ashmont; Horace R., an undertaker, of Boston and Dorchester; and Arthur W. The parents were members of the Unitarian church.

Arthur W. Crane was educated in the Dorchester public schools and at Comer's Commercial College. He then entered the employ of his father, with whom he continued until the latter's death, when he succeeded to the entire business, which he has since greatly enlarged. In 1895 he purchased his present large and commodious stable, which was established in 1882 by his brother, H.R. Crane, and has since built up the largest and most substantial business of the kind within the limits of Dorchester. He has likewise other important interests, being identified with his brother in the undertaking business as junior member of the firm of H.R. & A.W. Crane, with establishments at 147 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, and at Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester, both of which were opened in October, 1898.

Mr. Crane was married December 28, 1892, to Miss Margaret A. Sherwood, daughter of John Sherwood, of Houlton, Me. Fraternally, Mr. Crane is a member of Dorchester Lodge, I.O.O.F.;* of Shiloh Encampment; and of the Golden Cross Lodge, K. of H.*

*I.O.O.F. Independent Order of the Odd Fellows.
**K. of H. Knights of Honor.

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