•100 years ago — Jan. 1914•
She followed her husband to the grave
Betsy Waters Crandall, widow of the late Henry Crandall, died at 6 a.m. Jan. 18, 1914 in her Glen Street, Glens Falls home at Crandall Place, Monument Square, as the result of a paralytic shock that she had suffered the night before as she was about to retire. She was found around 10 o’clock by her maid laying unconscious on the floor of her room on the second floor of her mansion. Dr. M.D. Smith and Dr. S.A. Rowe did everything they could possibly do for her but were unable to bring her back to consciousness before she finally died several hours later.
Mrs. Betsy “Hattie” Crandall was 81 and enjoying her usual good health. She had passed the afternoon and evening paying social and business calls around the city.
The lady was born in Bolton, the daughter of Howard and Laura Waters. She was married to Henry Crandall in 1858 coming with him to Glens Falls right after the ceremony. Not only was she his wife but his advisor, his constant companion, with him in all his extensive travels and always planning for his comfort and welfare. Her sole ambition in life was to make him happy during his life and in his waning hours she was at his bedside at all times.
After his death, lacking one month of a year ago, she faithfully worked to carry out his plans for the Crandall Free Library and many other philanthropic institutions according to his wishes, which stand as monuments to his memory in Glens Falls.
She loved to talk with young folk, telling them of life in Glens Falls during the three score years that she had lived there. Kindness and generosity were her main virtues, she had a pleasant manner and there was always a smile on her face.