Dorothy Andrus Crane (1902-2002)

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Dorothy Andrus Crane Price
Dorothy A Crane.JPG
Born: 4 Feb 1902, Congo, Perry, Ohio
Died: 11 Nov 2002, Petoskey, Michigan
Father: Guy Gilman Crane
Mother: Edith Stanley Andrus
Siblings: Gladys Faith Crane
Dorothy Andrus Crane
Roderic Dwight Crane
Elizabeth Helen Crane
Spouse: Donald Arthur Price
Married: 9 Feb 1922, Lansing, Michigan
Children: Donna Joanne Price
Patricia Ellen Price
James Douglas Price
Dorothy Elaine Price
The History of Dorothy Andrus Crane Price

The history of any person starts long before that person is born but I will sum up my ancestors in one short paragraph. My mother was Edith Andrus whose father’s family originated in Scotland before 1640. His ancestors arrived in America that year. Her mother was Catherine Leinweber, her father, Heinrich Karl came to the U.S. somewhere between August of 1849 when their last child was born in Germany and July of 1850 when they are found in the 1850 census in Cincinnati, Ohio. Katie was born in October of 1851 just south of the town of Cincinnati in Covington, Kentucky.

My father was Guy Gilman Crane. My father’s father was Dwight Crane, his ancestors settled in New York in the 1700’s and my father’s mother was Orena E. Gilman whose ancestors came from the State of Maine.

I was born February 4, 1902 in a little mining town of Congo, Ohio, the second of four children: Gladys, Dorothy, Roderic and Betty.

My dad was an electrical engineer and his job was to install electric lights in the mines - which accounts for the four different towns we were born in. Until we moved to Rockford Illinois around 1908 I remember very little. My father was employed by the City to engineer the first “Pay as you enter,” electric railroad cars or street cars and later was made Supt. of the Water Dept. We lived in Rockford until 1914 when we moved to Lansing Michigan where my father was made Manager of the Electric light and Water Department. There I attended the old Townsend Street School and the First Presbyterian Church, graduated into the Central High school in 1916 and graduated from there with the class of 1921.

I had an operation for appendicitis in my Junior year and had to make up some credits. Our family moved to Owosso Michigan in 1921 which made it a little difficult for my steady boyfriend, Donald Price, to see me, so when I was invited to stay with his folks to attend a Rambler Winter party - he suggested that we get married - so we did, without bothering to notify anyone, which was a selfish and unkind thing to do to our folks but we were thinking entirely of ourselves.

Donald was working in the Secretary of State’s Office at that time, but when the administration changed he lost his job and it was several months before he obtained employment at the First National Bank and he stayed there until the Doctor advised him to take a leave of absence for a few months as he had suffered from Hay Fever and Asthma and overwork in the bank.

When our baby was fifteen months old, he and Ray Trumble took Donna and I to Owosso to take care of my family while Mother underwent surgery on both eyes, and left in our Ford for California. I will let him tell about his adventures out there - he loved it there and it agreed with his health - he worked in the same bank with Shirley Temple’s father. At the end of the summer both he and Ray were getting homesick so they picked up Bud Esler in San Francisco and took the Northern Route home.

By the time he got back home, Grandma had recovered from her operations and we went back to Lansing to live. There he went to work on a temporary job on the railroad. His Mother and Aunt had been notified of an inheritance left them by their Aunt Dell so they started making plans to go to Florida for the Winter, Isadora wasn’t well and this gave them a chance to see if the warm weather would be beneficial to her. Of course, we were included in the plans, too as they wanted to drive down and no one but Donald could drive, so we turned our Ford in for a down payment on a Buick, and the first of the year of 1924 we started for Florida, Donald, Donna & I, Isadora, Mother & Auntie, Togo, the dog, suitcases, picnic lunches - and even a fur robe I had made out of a fur coat of Gladys’.

We went by way of Washington, D.C. and as it was my first long trip I enjoyed seeing all the places I had read about but I was homesick before we got half way to Florida. Isadora had a bad illness in West Virginia and we stayed at a hotel for almost a week. We took an apartment in Miami and Donald went to work for Harold Foster, a friend of Isadora’s. In a few weeks times we found a nice home in Coconut Grove, and there we lived until the Hurricane hit - the 1926th one - and the section of real estate that Donald was selling then was destroyed and as soon as Donald could settle his part of the partnership in the firm, we left Florida, Auntie in her Buick - we in our Chrysler, Auntie stayed with Isadora and Frank in Lansing, we went to Owosso where Donald went to work for the John Hancock Insurance Co.

Meanwhile, Pat who was born in Miami, and was a year old when we left there was rather puny and I developed a cough which steadily worsened as the northern winter came on and the doctor advised me to either go to a tuberculosis Sanitarium or move to a warmer climate, so Donald asked and received a transfer to Los Angeles, California and he drove some wealthy Owosso people to Los Angeles and I followed him on the train with the two girls just before Christmas. Donald had found an apartment for us but we stayed at Aunt Bertie and Uncle Clyde’s house until we got settled.

I loved Los Angeles, it was the first time in almost five years of married life that Donald and I were free of relatives. We had a daughter, born pre-maturely that died, Donald had Small Pox and nearly died, and money was scarce, but through Donald’s cousin Winifred Ramaley, we met some wonderful friends, were a part of their bridge club and those were some of our happiest years of marriage. There were also school-day friends of both of ours out there Ruth & Andy Schoolmaster, Ruth Bowdish, that lived next to me in Lansing, Donald’s pals Dick Hall, Ray and Lawry Trumbel, Pete & Martha Gray and Gar Curry, all from Lansing.

The beginning of the Depression was felt first in the West and the Insurance Co.’s were laying off men so Donald went to work as a commercial artist at the Bailoff’s Studio who were busy making shawls for the Centennial and other decorative work and he worked there until the studio had to close down as the depression hit bottom. Bud Esler, in San Francisco wrote to us that he had a job open in the Post Office if Donald wanted it, so we packed up, the three children - yes, Jim was born Jan. 9, 1929 in the Hollywood Hospital, a dog, all of our bedding, a bird in the bird cage, and arrived in San Bruno where Bud had rented a house for us just a block from where he and Florence lived.

At the Post Office they decided not to hire the extra man so Donald got work on a construction gang building a new highway to Santa Paula but the damp atmosphere of San Francisco did not agree with Pat’s condition and the doctor advised us, this time, to spend at least three months in the mountains, so thru the Bailoff Studio’s Donald contacted an Art Company in S. F. who agreed to send piece work up to us that was on order from Sear Roebuck - so after Donald spent some time at the Bureau of Mines, we headed for Redding, California, turned west, drove into Weaverville - all of this in the old Essex, three children, all the bedding, the bird in the bird cage, beside the dog - which was now the proud mother of 4 puppies - we got our supplies in Weaverville - gun, tent, fishing gear, kit for rattle snake bites, and then we really started mountain climbing - over canyons - some passes just wide enough for the wheels to stay on it - and we pitched our tent outside of Hayfork!

Camping near us was a Swedish couple named Huffman that we got acquainted with, and another couple - with their two girls that were friends of ours in Los Angeles, joined us, and together we were given permission to stake claims and build three cabins in the Trinity National Park - which we did and we lived a very primitive life high in the mountains about 80 miles south of the Oregon border. Pat was completely well now - all of us felt wonderful - but near the end of January, 1933, we had a terrific snow storm - the worst in the history of the state and it was impossible to get supplies and we were warned that more was coming - trees had broken in two and some smashed across the cabin, and as I was pregnant again for Deedee, we hired a bulldozer to get us out and headed East.

Price Cabin in Trinity National Forest

It took us over a week to drive back to Michigan and another four days to Bangor, Maine - what a nightmare - car trouble, stuck in snow banks, taken in by strange, wonderful people and arrived in Bangor where my Dad was manager of the Gas Company there - and the Essicks gave up the ghost as we turned in the driveway.

Donald went to work for my Dad and we stayed there six months after Deedee was born in July - then the Gas Co. was sold, Donald’s mother asked Donald to come and help her take care of Uncle Fred in Harbor Springs, my folks moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, so the rest you pretty well know.

Donald went to work at the Graphic, then the Petoskey Gas Co., then the Petoskey Electric Co., as salesman - we moved to Petoskey in 1941. Donna & Leslie were married in June of that year and both families moved here because the men worked in Petoskey and couldn’t afford driving back and forth. The second World War was on now, gasoline rationed, no tires, then all new appliances stopped so the Petoskey Electric went out of business. Ward’s opened a new store here and Donald was one of the first persons hired. He worked a total of 19 years at Wards and probably would be there yet, if he hadn’t had a heart attack in March 1964, major surgery and a stay in the hospital of over six weeks. He wasn’t able to do the hard work at Ward’s so in Oct. he accepted the job as Branch Manager for the Sect. of State office and, at this writing Jan. 9, 1967, he is still there.

If this sounds more like a history of Donald Price instead of Dorothy its just that nothing happens to me! I love music but don’t play any instrument well, I love to sing but have a very ordinary voice, my hobby is gardening, we’ve had very good luck with both flowers and vegetables, I don’t like house-keeping, so manage to have grandchildren around - an excuse for why the house looks the way it does - I’d like to glamorize my history - sorry - its just not that way. You asked for it - here ‘tis. Dorothy Price

If I had more time to do some research work I could have written a volume - but you did just say some highlights - and that’s what I wrote - very lightly. This is the third pen I’ve used - this letter is very sloppy - Tom and Kelly are having a duel and I think I better get to work - its a little hard to think. I hope I gave enough details in the history to make sense - you can always ask for more if things aren’t clear. I hope every one is well Love, Grandma

Wiki Pedigree

|Grandfather: Dwight Kellogg Crane
|Father: Guy Gilman Crane
|Grandmother: Orena Elizabeth Gilman

Dorothy Andrus Crane

Married: Donald Arthur Price
|Grandfather: Roderic Kinsey Andrus
|Mother: Edith Stanley Andrus
|Grandmother: Katherine Elizabeth Leinweber


Petoskey News-Review, Friday, February 1, 2002:

Petoskey woman celebrates 100th birthday

Dorothy Price of Petoskey will celebrate her 100th birthday on Monday, Feb. 4, at an open house from 2-4 p.m. at Sunnybank Assisted Living Community.

Dorothy was born in Congo, Ohio, the daughter of Guy and Edith Crane, the same day Charles Lindbergh was born.

She married Donald Price on Feb. 9, 1922. He died on May 30, 1974.

Dorothy loves music, especially playing a ukulele and singing old songs. She sang in the Presbyterian Church choir for 48 years, and was also very active in the Women's Association. Another of her interests has always been live theater. She joined the Petoskey Little Theatre in the 1940s and appeared on stage in "Life Withe Father" in 1949. She is still providing props for Little Traverse Civic Theatre productions.

Dorothy was always a homemaker for her husband and four children, Donna (Leslie) Heinz and Pat (John) Duvernay of Harbor Sprngs, Dorothy (Robert) Dennis of Petoskey and James (Iola) Price of Bakersfield, Calif. She also has 12 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren and 38 great-great-grandchildren.


Petoskey News-Review, Thursday, 14 Nov 2002, p. A2:

Dorothy Price, 100

Dorothy Price, 100, of Petoskey, died Nov. 11, 2002, at Sunnybank Assisted Living. She was born in Congo, Ohio, on Feb. 4, 1902, the daughter of Guy and Edith (Andrus) Crane.

Her family lived in several towns in Ohio and Illinois before moving to Michigan. She graduated from Lansing High School in 1921, and on Feb. 9, 1922, she married Donald Price in Lansing. Dorothy and Donald also lived in Florida, and during the Great Depression, homesteaded in the mountains of Northern California. There they built and lived in a log cabin, enduring many hardships. In 1933, they moved to Bangor, Maine, and finally returned to Michigan, where they cared for Donald's great-uncle, Fred Main, Harbor Springs' last Civil War veteran.

In 1941, they moved to Petoskey. There they became members of the First Presbyterian Church and its choir, where Dorothy sang for 48 years. She also was active in the Womens Association and Guild. She was a member of the Petoskey Little Theatre, appearing in "Life With Father" in 1949. She provided props for Little Traverse Civic Theatre as recently as its October production.

Her most fulfilling role was homemaker for Donald and their four children, Donna (Leslie ) Heinz and Patricia (John) Duvernay of Harbor Springs, James (Iola) Price of Bakersfield, Calif., and Dorothy (Robert) Dennis of Petoskey. Donald preceded her in death in 1974. She had 12 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren and 40 great-great-grandchildren, and was happy to hear there is a great-great-great-grandchild due in March. She also had four stepchildren and many stepgreats- and great-greats.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at the First Presbyterian Church in Petoskey with the Rev. Robert Lueck officiating.

Greenwood Cemetery, Petosky


  • Autobiographical letter to Joanne M. Heinz Howse
  • 1930 Federal Census, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California Ward 10 3 April 1930 Sunset, La Vita Terrace #1513 #73 #87
Price, Donald
, Dorothy, wife, female, white, 28, married, Ohio, Ohio, Ohio
  • 1940 Federal Census, Harbor Springs, Emmet, Michigan
Price, Donald A.
, Dorothy, wife, female, white, 38, married, OH
  • Obituary, Petoskey News-Review,Thursday, 14 Nov 2002, p. A2:
  • Death: Emmet County, Michigan, Vital Records Search, Deaths:
Price, Dorothy
Date: 11/11/2002
Liber: 2002
Folio: 424
Place of Death: Petoskey, Michigan
Price, Dorothy Andrus
Age: 100
Birth: 02/04/1902
Death: 11/11/2002
Obit: Petoskey News Review 11/18/2002
Cemetery: Greenwood, Petoskey
Stone Funeral Home, Petoskey
Lot: H-36-3