Ohio Biographies

Howard Clifton Crane, M.D.

Howard Clifton Crane, M.D., who has heen continuously engaged in the practice of medicine at Eden, for the past 14 years, was born in Porter Township, Delaware County, Ohio, September 29, 1864. He is a son of Elbert and Ellen (Iler) Crane.

The paternal grandparents of Dr. Crane, Amza and Ardilla (Hopkins) Crane, came to Ohio and settled in Morrow County, in 1834. They had four sons and six daughters, namely: Alson, Zebulon, Elbert, Washington, Mary Ann, Sarah, Alba Cinda, Sarah (2), Elizabeth and Jane. The maternal grandparents of Dr. Crane were Captain William and Jane G. (Grey) Iler. They came to Delaware County about 1833, and so wild was all this territory that they had to cut a path through the forest in order to reach their land in Porter Township. Captain Iler operated a canal boal between Cleveland and Portsmouth, in 1834. There were two daughters in the Her family. Ellen B. and Elizabeth. The latter was married (first) to Samuel Marshall. who died at Mansfield, Ohio, and (second) to Christopher Chase, of Marion.

Elbert Crane, father of Dr. Crane, was born in New York, his parents at that time being residents of Putnam County, and he accompanied them to Morrow County, Ohio, where they died. He still resides in Porter Township. Delaware County, his age being 77 years. He married Ellen Iler, who was born in Delaware County, and died January 22, 1908. They had the following children: Alwyn M., who has been engaged in the practice of medicine at Marion for 20 years, and is a graduate of the Columbus Medical College, married (first) Mary Crouch, and (second) Susan Johnson; Florence May, who is deceased; Thurston, who manages the home farm in Porter Township ; Howard C.; William I., whose home is at Minneapolis, Minnesota, is a traveling salesman, and married lone Oliver; Jennie C, who was educated at the Ohio S. U. at Columbus and the O. W. U. at Delaware, is a successful teacher in the public schools of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania; and Nellie M., who was also educated as was her sister, is engaged in teaching at Troy, Ohio.

Dr. Crane was primarily educated in the public schools and completed his medical training at Starling Medical College, and was graduated in the class of 1894. After a short residence with his brother at Marion, Dr. Crane selected Eden as a promising field for himself professionally, and here he has remained to the present day. He has built up a large and satisfactory practice, to which he gives his entire attention. He is a member of the Delaware County Medical Society and of the Ohio State Medical Society. Fraternally he is a Knight of Pythias, and is connected with Williams Lodge, No. 556. In political sentiment he is a Democrat.

In 1903 Dr. Crane was married to Margaret Ross, who is a daughter of Melancthon J. and Ada (Matthews) Ross. She was born in Virginia. Her father was born at Saratoga, New York, and her mother at Eden. Ohio. They reside in Delaware County.


From 20th Century History of Delaware County, Ohio, and Representative Citizens by James R. Lytle