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Myron Marcellus CRANDALL

Myron Marcellus CRANDALL[1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15]

Male 1875 - 1951  (75 years)

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  • Name Myron Marcellus CRANDALL 
    Born 2 Oct 1875  Springville, Utah, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15
    Gender Male 
    Initiatory (LDS) 21 Nov 1900  SLAKE Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1920  Gilbert, Maricopa, Arizona, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Patriarchal Blessing 1928  Arizona, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Physical Description 5 Ft 9 1/2 inc tall, 175 lbs. Blue eyes, Brown hair 
    _FSFTID KWC1-KZP 
    _UID AEB9890A90B45246AA0ACBFFE0C411394257 
    Died 11 May 1951  Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 10
    Buried 15 May 1951  Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 10
    Person ID I12  pember-crandall
    Last Modified 28 Jan 2017 

    Father Hyrum Oscar CRANDALL,   b. 26 Apr 1844, LaHarp, Hancock, IL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Apr 1904, Driggs, Teton, ID Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years) 
    Mother Harriet GUYMON,   b. 11 Nov 1851, Springville, Utah, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 May 1942, Safford, Graham, Arizona, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years) 
    Married 25 Oct 1869  Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, UT Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    _UID 2066B75D42685B479C5CBABEEC614B180649 
    Notes 
    • MARRIAGE: Also shown as Married Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United S tates.
    Family ID F24  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Clara Mabel PACKER,   b. 26 Jun 1878, Brigham City, Box Elder, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Dec 1929, Gilbert, Maricopa, Arizona, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 51 years) 
    Married 22 Dec 1896  Safford, Graham, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 5, 7, 8
    _UID C26231EA41F9B8469026647C3C294B4F0C71 
    Notes 
    • MARRIAGE: Also shown as Married Safford, Graham, Arizona, United States.
    Children 
     1. Myron Hamilton CRANDALL,   b. 28 Nov 1897, Safford, Graham County, Arizona, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Nov 1962, Mesa, Maricopa County, Arizona, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
     2. Floyd Oscar CRANDALL,   b. 18 Dec 1899, Layton (now Safford), Graham, Ariz. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Nov 1962, Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)
     3. Paul Leslie CRANDALL,   b. 28 Nov 1901, Safford, Graham, Az Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Aug 1987, Mesa, Maricopa, AZ Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
     4. Zelma Mabel CRANDALL,   b. 27 Nov 1903, Bisbee, Cochise, Arizona, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Feb 1993, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)
     5. Loree Mary CRANDALL,   b. 6 Apr 1906, Bisbee, Cochise, Arizona, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Dec 1978, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
     6. Louis Packer CRANDALL,   b. 7 Nov 1909, Safford, Graham, Arizona Territory, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Oct 1974, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
     7. Genevieve CRANDALL,   b. 13 Nov 1911, Safford, Graham, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jul 1988, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
     8. Lee Alonzo CRANDALL,   b. 1 Aug 1914, Safford, Graham, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 May 2001, Gilbert Maricopa, Arizona, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)
     9. James Clarence CRANDALL,   b. 31 Aug 1922, Gilbert, Maricopa, Arizona, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Sep 2002, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
    Last Modified 9 Nov 2017 17:05:48 
    Family ID F7  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Lottie Ethel NOBLE,   b. 15 Aug 1889, Lake Point, Tooele, Ut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Dec 1971, Mesa, Maricopa, Az, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Married 9 Dec 1930  Lordsburg, Hidalgo, NM Find all individuals with events at this location 
    _UID C9890F9B43583F4095464DF4A84EF689A70D 
    Notes 
    • MARRIAGE: Also shown as Married Lordsburgh, Hidalgo, New Mexico.
    Children 
     1. Wayne Benjamin CRANDALL
    Last Modified 9 Nov 2017 17:05:48 
    Family ID F25  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Myron Marcellus Crandall
    Myron Marcellus Crandall


  • Notes 
    • Known as "Cellus." Worked as a teamster; owned his own horse and wagon.

      "Elder John Crandall of Rhode Island and his Descendents"
      by John Cortland Crandall
      FHC 929.273 C85c #3999 page 585, 649
      Gazette News Bureau:
      Mesa, May 12- Myron Marcellus Crandall, 74, pioneer Gilbert resident an d prominent Arizona rancher, died yesterday at Southside District Hospita l in Mesa following a brief illness.
      Mr. Crandall was born in Springville, Utah. He came to Graham County 6 1 years ago. He resided during the 34 years before his death at his ranc h at Gilbert. Mr Crandall was the officiator at the Arizona Temple, Churc h of Jesus Christ of Latter-y-Saints, for the past 17 years. He was a mem ber of the bishoprick of the Gilbert Ward for 15 years. He served as pres ident and vice-president of the Arizona Region of the Federal Land Bank.

      The Crandall ancestry to John Howland who came to America on the Mayflowe r goes like this, Myron Marcellus Crandall, Clara Mable Packer, Alonzo Ha milton Packer, Angelina Avilda Champlin, William Sesson Champlin, Josep h Champlin, Joseph Champlin, Elizabeth Denison, Mercy Gorham, Desire Howl and, John Howland.

      Excerpt from a story about Myron Marcellus Crandall by Zelma Crandall Mil ler
      Little is known about the courting days of our father and mother. Th e Alonzo Packer family was well established on Relation Street in Layton , which is now part of Safford, Arizona. Their five lovely daughters gre w to maturity here and in timch married one of the local boys.
      It was on December 22, 1896 that Myron Marcellus Crandall and Clara M abel Packer were united in ceremony. The ceremony was performed by Willia m Packer, a brother of Grandpa Alonzo H. Packer, and the local Justice o f the Peace. It was probabt the home of Mama's parents and was attended b y 200 people, who were fed a sumptuous dinner afterwards.
      They began their married life in a house at 14th St. and Central Ave . Here their first two sons were born, Myron Hamilton and Floyd Oscar. Th en they moved to Wyoming, where Grandpa Crandall had a contract to buil d grade for a railroad. Thee there about two years before starting back t o Arizona. They stopped in Salt Lake City, where they received their endo wments and had their two sons sealed to them. This was November 2, 1900.
      They moved back to Safford, where their third son, Paul Leslie was b orn. Then they moved to Bisbee, where Papa had his own transfer company . Here their next two children were born, Zelma Mabel and Loree Mary.
      The next few years were spent in Bisbee. This was a happy time for u s kids. We had cousins and friends there that played an important part i n our lives. Our cousin, Vessa Wright, owned a good camera & we have pict ures of family gatherings tre precious. Sunday School was held at the hom es of the members since we had no church house at that time. Saturday wa s a time to clean the house real good and cook up a lot of food, for th e relatives usually stayed after church for dinner.
      WE MOVE BACK TO THE GILA VALLEY
      Papa seemed to have pioneer fever. He was always ready to move if h e could see a way to improve things for himself and his family. We move d back to the Gila Valley and settled in the Lone Star area. The place w e bought is the State Experil Farm today. We made many lifelong friends t here, and attended school at the Lone Star District School. As the boys f inished grade school they attended the Gila Academy at Thatcher.
      We always had a vegetable garden while we lived there. I remember th at Papa would dig a bucket of sweet potatoes and wash them at the pump be fore taking them in for Mama to bake in the oven. We would scoop out th e insides, and mash them witter and cream and put them back in the oven b efore eating them. We also had cows and one of our favorite suppers wa s a big pan of milk on the back of the stove into which we would put crus ty bread with butter, salt, and pepper. Many times I would go to the cell ar with Papa. He would skim the cream off a pan of milk to be made into b utter. The milk had turned to clabber, and we would sprinkle a little sug ar and nutmeg on it and relish it as people eat yogurt today.
      We also had an apple orchard, and I remember Papa and the boys takin g the sprayer in the wagon and spraying the trees. Such delicious apples . He built a bin across the rear of the cellar which was filled with th e different kinds of apples,e relished for many months.
      We had our own beef and pork. Hog killing time was exciting. After th e pig was killed it would be hung up on a pulley over a barrel of scaldin g water. It would be dipped in the hot water then Papa and the neighbor s would scrape the hair froe hide, until it was left white to be hung ove rnight to chill. The next day it would be cut up and divided with the nei ghbors who had helped with the work. We ate too much pork, by today's sta ndards, but we loved it! Papa was adept at making biscuits. He would mak e the biscuits while Mama was busy with the rest of the breakfast.
      One day a little Mexican boy came to buy some milk and stood there b y the table watching hungrily as we devoured hot biscuits with butter an d tomato preserves. Papa buttered a biscuit and filled it with some of th e fruit and the little bot home happy. Then Papa called for someone to br ing him some more biscuits, and was disappointed to find that he had give n away the last one.
      A RUGGED PERSONALITY
      Papa used "hell" and "damn", not as swearing but for emphasis. Whe n he really needed to put across his point of view he would come up wit h "Hell's fire!" He had a quick wit and a ready answer. Some of his sayin gs that I remember were "Onlyl and a newcomer would try to predict the we ather in this valley." Another one was " I never met a stranger. If I me t someone I didn't know I made myself acquanted." And this one, "No one n eed ever get lost if they have a tongue in their head."
      Now Papa took up with a habit that plagued him for years. He had gon e into partnership with Will Ellsworth and they had bought a threshing ma chine. Since Papa ran the thresher and several of the young men who worke d for him smoked, he tooke habit, as also did my two brothers Myron and F loyd. This grieved my mother no end and Papa was not proud of his weaknes s.
      WE MOVE TO GILBERT
      Now came another move, which really determined our future lives. Th e Freestone family had moved to Gilbert from Los Angeles. Since Aunt Lott ie was my mother's sister, they kept telling what a wonderful place the S alt River was, and Papa feg the need for more acreage decided to investig ate. He decided to buy a farm of 160 acres that had belonged to George Jo hnson.
      Our move to Gilbert was interesting. We lived right by a spur of th e railroad track so Papa rented a box car and loaded everything in it. Th is included even the cows and horses. Myron and Paul rode the train to Gi lbert, after a stopover ate and again at Tucson. The family drove over ab out June 5, 1917. We were loaded with bedding, thinking it would take tw o days to make the trip, but to our surprise we arrived about 9 p.m. tha t night.
      The first summer in the valley was a hard one. We were living in a li ttle lumber house that was on the property. It was very hot and the summe r dust storms were scary to us until we learned that they only lasted fo r a short time, and were usy followed by rain.
      Papa was never afraid of hard work. He would come in from the field a t noon, eat dinner, then lie down on the floor for a nap. He would pu t a pillow on the floor and pull half of it over his head. He had traine d himself to go to sleep at oncnd after a short nap he and the boys wer e up and out in the field again.
      We prospered in Gilbert, and the time came when we had two big cars , a Studebaker and a Reo. Both of them had jump seats between the front a nd back seats, somewhat like todays station wagon. Papa also bought machi nery and because of his goodtedness it was loaned out to neighbors quit e often. When they would bring it back and ask him how much they owned h e would say, "Just a little of your will."
      In due time the members of the family met and married local boys an d girls. They attended school at Gilbert so we drove to Chandler to churc h. When it was decided to build a church house, which still stands in Gil bert, Papa, and his brother,, doth worked on it, giving freely of their t ime.
      It was in 1923 that our home in Gilbert was destroyed by fire. Papa h ad gone to Phoenix early that morning with Frank Freestone and when the y returned they found the house had burned. Floyd and his wife, Bea, wer e in the process of moving.y were staying with the folks for a few days . The family had just sat down to breakfast when discovered a fire in th e cealing of the dining room. They got on the phone and called the Freest one family, who came to the rescue. In a short time the neighbors came, b ut it was too late to save the house. Two large Army tents were secured a nd they lived in them while they rebuilt.
      In 1927 the Mesa Temple was dedicated. This was a long awaited event , but Papa was chagrined to face the fact that he could not ask for a rec ommend to go to the Temple because of the tobacco habit. Mama was the pre sident of the Relief Socien Gilbert, and was soon asked to be a set-apar t worker in the Temple. It was now that Papa he had to give up his tobacc o if he was to go to the Temple.
      One morning he got up as usual to start a fire in the kitchen stove an d one in the fireplace in the living room. He had just bought a new carto n of cigarettes. He usually lit a cigarette with the same match that he u sed to start the morning f. This time he dropped to his knees and pleade d with the Lord to take the taste for tobacco from him as he didn't hav e the strength to do it on his own. He got up and took the carton of ciga rettes out and threw them in the irrigation ditch that ran by the place . From that day on he said that when he was around anyone that was smokin g the smell was nauseating to him. He now became a set-apart Temple worke r, and was a worker there for the next seventeen years. This was in 1929.
      Now came the most heart rendering tradigy that entered Papa's life. O ur mother, with his sister, May Jacobson, and Viola Nichols were on thei r way to the Temple one morning. They came to the stop at Main Street an d Gilbert Road. It was deterd that they did stop, but there was a high he dge that bloked the view. They pulled out into the road and were hit broa dside by a car traveling at high speed.
      Sister Nichols was thrown out of the car and died two hours later. Ma ma and Aunt May were injured seriously. Aunt May was bedfast for severa l months and three months after the accident Mama died from the injurie s she received. She was buriew Year's day, 1930.
      Several months later Papa married Lottie King. She had three daughter s and a son by a previous marriage. Now Papa gave them an education and s ent the boy on a mission. Lottie gave birth to another son, by Papa. The y named him Wayne Benjamindall.
      It was in the year 1949 that Papa decided to move to Yuba City, Calif ornia. This was unfortunate as he was too old to make such a move. He ha d injured his heart one day when he was plowing in the field. The tracto r slipped off into an irrign ditch which was muddy. He tried to lift it o ut, and from that time on he had his problems with heart. A few years pre vious to this he had been gored by a bull, which had also taken a toll o n his health.
      He died 11th of May 1951 in Mesa, Arizona, after being brought from Ca lifornia. He was buried May 15th in the Mesa cemetery.
      He has a large posterity. Ten children, 46 grandchildren and 113 great -grandchildren. There are several great-great-grandchildren, and severa l in the incubator.
      "Cellus" as he was called was a character that is not easily forgotten . He was honest in his dealings with his fellow man. He had a quick wit a nd a ready answer. He provided well for his family. We honor his name.
      Written by Zelma Crandall Miller

      From the Arizona Republic newspaper
      M. M. Crandall Dies in Mesa
      Brief Illness Fatal To LDS Churchman
      Special to The Republic
      Mesa, May 11-Myron Marcellus Crandall, 74, Arizona pioneer, and for 1 7 years officiator of the Arizona Temple, Church of Jesus Christ of Latte r Day Saints at Mesa. Died Friday morning after a brief illness.
      A native of Springville, Utah, Mr. Crandall came to Graham County 61 y ears ago and moved to a ranch at Gilbert 34 years ago.
      He had served as president and vice-president of the Arizona region o f the Federal Land Bank and was a member of the Salt River Valley Water U sers Association.
      He is survived by his wife, Lottie Noble Crandall, Gilbert, and 10 chi ldren, by his first wife, Clara Packer Crandall, who died at Mesa in 1929 ; Myron H., Safford; Floyd O., Litchfield Park; Paul L., Mesa; Louis P. C asa Grande; Lee A., Mesa;es C., Mesa; Wayne B., in the Army at Hawaii; Mr s. J. Edwin Miller, Mesa; Mrs. Glen Naylor, Safford; and Mrs. Glen D. Now ell, Mesa, by 44 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; two brothers , M. R. Crandall, Mesa; and R. D. Crandall, Safford, and two sisters, Mrs . Adelaide Robinson, Los Angeles, and Mrs. Uzell Truman, Huntington, Utah .

  • Sources 
    1. [S8] World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, Registration Location: Maricopa County, Arizona; Roll: 1522450; Draft Board: 0.
      Birth date: 2 Oct 1875 Birth place: Residence date: Residence place : Maricopa, Arizona
      http://trees.ancestry.com/rd?f=sse&db=ww1draft&h=22153364&ti=0&indiv=try& gss=pt

    2. [S9] Web: Arizona, Find A Grave Index, 1861-2011.

    3. [S10] Millennium File.

    4. [S18] 1920 United States Federal Census, Year: 1920; Census Place: Gilbert, Maricopa, Arizona; Roll: T625_48; Page: 3A; Enumeration District: 28; Image: 800.

    5. [S18] 1920 United States Federal Census.

    6. [S19] American Genealogical-Biographical Index (AGBI).

    7. [S20] Arizona, Select Marriages, 1888-1908.

    8. [S21] Web: Western States Marriage Index, 1809-2011.

    9. [S22] Utah, Select Marriages, 1887-1966.

    10. [S3] 1880 United States Federal Census.

    11. [S3] 1880 United States Federal Census, Year: 1880; Census Place: Fountain Green, Sanpete, Utah; Roll: 1337; Family History Film: 1255337; Page: 379B; Enumeration District: 063.

    12. [S5] 1930 United States Federal Census, Year: 1930; Census Place: Gilbert, Maricopa, Arizona; Roll: 59; Page: 7B; Enumeration District: 0072; Image: 298.0; FHL microfilm: 2339794.

    13. [S6] U.S. City Directories (Beta).

    14. [S11] 1940 United States Federal Census, Year: 1940; Census Place: Maricopa, Arizona; Roll: T627_106; Page: 10B; Enumeration District: 7-92.

    15. [S12] 1910 United States Federal Census, Year: 1910; Census Place: Precinct 1, Graham, Arizona; Roll: T624_39; Page: 19A; Enumeration District: 0048; FHL microfilm: 1374052.