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The funeral services at the Crandall home were private, but during the hours that the body lay in state, nearly 2,000 persons viewed the remains and several hundred friends and relatives attended the ceremony at Crandall Park when his body was laid to rest.

The solid copper casket is covered with the finest black broadcloth. The interior is of heavy plain satin and the mountings are of oxidized silver. The design of the casket is square with ornate corners.

As soon as the casket was borne from the house to the hearse the Crandall Boys’ Saving Club, a philanthropic organization founded by Mr. Crandall, with its fife and drum corps, led the way to Crandall Park. As soon as the body had been placed in the crypt, taps were sounded by Stuart Crandall Mason, bugler of the Boys’ Saving Club. Rev. Officiating was Oliver Shaw Newell, rector of the Church of the Messiah. The monument which marks the resting place of Mr. Crandall in Crandall Park was erected in 1899 and the shaft is nearly 40 feet high. (Note: It was only 11 months later that Betsey Waters Crandall, 81, died Jan. 18, 1914 at her home in Glens Falls and was moved to Crandall Park to join her beloved husband there.)

No-snow winter drags on

The ice harvest began near the end of February on Echo lake in Warrensburgh. Fred M. Harrington and the Noble brothers, who supply the local demand, have been waiting for some time for snow, but concluding that there was none in sight, began drawing on wagons. Everyone has been hoping for sleighing all winter long. The total snowfall so far for nearly the whole month is only 6.8 inches, and it has been sporadic. Some men are drawing logs on wagons.

The ice is 16 inches thick and of excellent quality. On Feb. 10, 1913 it was nine degrees below zero. Tim Lynch is drawing for Noble Brothers with contractor J.H. Walker’s big auto truck and carries 50 cakes at a load, making a trip every hour and sometimes better. They are now filling the ice houses of the Adirondack Hotel and the Warren House. J.H. Arehart at West Stony Creek is currently filling his ice house with ice taken from the lake.

Readers are welcome to contact Adirondack Journal correspondent Jean Hadden at jhadden1@nycap.rr.com or 623-2210.

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