Name:    John Crandall

From:  The Bolivar Breeze, Bolivar, New York
Date:  Thursday, December 9, 1909  

John Crandall Who Served in the Big War Died Monday Morning at His Home in Bolivar. Aged 69 years.

John Crandall, a retired farmer and Civil War veteran, died at his home on Lower Main street in Bolivar at 8 o'clock Monday morning, after a year's illness, aged 69 years. Mr. Crandall was operated upon for enlarged glands of the face at a hospital in Buffalo, Oct. 1. He returned home three weeks later but his condition grew gradually worse until death ended his suffering.

The funeral was held at the house at 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon and was well attended. The services were conducted by Rev. J.C. Crosby, pastor of the Wellsville Christian church, assisted by Rev. G. A. Bond of Bolivar. The body was buried in the Bolivar cemetery, the pallbearers being Edwin Crandall, Ira W. Root, Walter T. Bliss and Leslie Bliss, all nephews of the deceased.

Mr. Crandall was born at Almond, N.Y. June 8, 1840, but had lived in Bolivar for 60 years. In 1859 he was united in marriage in Bolivar to Angeline Miller, who died a number of years ago. To them two children were born: Orson Crandall of Bradford and Mrs. Juna Cooper of Olean. In 1887 Mr. Crandall was married at Richburg to Alice Palmer, who survives him, together with four children, the two mentioned, and Kenelm Crandall, aged 17 years, and Mrs. Mary Richardson of Olean. He also leaves two brothers, Alonzo C. of Bolivar and Erastus C., of Almond; and two sisters, Mrs. B. H. Root of Bolivar and Mrs. Mary Bliss of Little Genesee.

During the Civil War Mr. Crandall made a record for himself of which he had reason to feel proud. He enlisted in Bolivar in August, 1862, as a private in Company A 136th Regiment N.Y. Volunteers, serving until the close of the war. He took part in many important battles, including the Battle of Gettysburg, Chattanooga, Missionary Ridge and Lookout Mountain. He also was with Sherman on his march from Atlanta to the sea. In all Mr. Crandall participated in 16 battles and 13 skirmishes.

For a number of years Mr. Crandall conducted a small farm located a mile south of this village. About a year ago he sold his farm and moved into the J. A. McMurdy house in Bolivar village, where he had since resided.