Crane Cemetery

Updated: 21 August 2008

Crane Cemetery is located in the SE corner of Section 18 in Cass County, MI. (Link to Michigan GenWeb)

Go east from Cassopolis on M-60 to Decatur Road and turn left (North) to Crane Street. The Cemetery is north of this street bounded on the south by Crane St. and on the east by Decatur Road.

Burials in the Crane Cemetery

5th Row North

Russell J. Brown, b. 09 Feb 1912, d. 16 Dec 1923

6th Row South

Abner Brown, b. 28 Feb 1837, d. 09 July 1909 (Father of Emory Brown)

Frances E. (Welcher) Brown wf, b. 03 May 1857, d. 23 Dec 1916 (wife of Abner Brown)

Infant son Brown, b. 19 Dec 1898, d. 02 Feb 1898 (reading does not make sense)

Bird (Brown) Emmons, b. 1891, d. 1914 (daughter of Abner Brown & wife of J.D. Emmons)

Earl W.Adams, b. 07 July 1883, d. 15 March 1909 (relationship not known)

Azalia King Adams, b. 1882, d. 1940

Isaac J. Welcher, b. 07 April 1819, d. 09 Jan 1894

Sarah Welcher, b. 04 Sep 1839, d. 24 Aug 1918

15th Row South

Cassius M. Welcher, son of Fannie & Albert, 16 y, d. 18 Oct 1872

Fanny Welcher, b. 15 July 1821, d. 21 Feb 1900

Albert Welcher, 6 y, d. 09 Jan 1878

Lottie H. Welcher, b. 1844, d. 1915

Josiah S. Welcher, b. 1840, d. 1914

Frances E. Brown, b. 03 May 1857, 23 Dec 1916 (editor: not sure why this is listed twice)

Obituary listed on the Crane page:

Mrs. Eldora Brown - Frances Eldora Welcher was born in Volinia township, Cass County, Michigan, May 3, 1857, and passed away at VanDusen Hospital, Kalamazoo, Dec. 23, 1916, aged fifty-nine years, seven months and seven days. She was the eldest daughter of Abram and Catherine Welcher, pioneers of Volinia township. She was united in marriage January 1877, with Abner Brown who passed away July 9, 1909, and to this union six children were born, five sons and one daughter, Mrs. Bird Brown Emmons, who departed this life Nov 27, 1914.

She was one of the organizers of the Oak Grove Christian Association and treasurer at the time of her death. She was also a charter member of the O.E.S. (Order of the Eastern Star) of Volinia.

She never fully recovered from her daughter's death and since that time her health has gradually failed. She leaves to mourn one sister, Mrs. Kitty Petty of Owosso, one half-brother, Manly B. Welcher of Cassopolis, and four sons, Floyd, Wilbur, Emory, and George W. Brown.

Funeral services were held at the Baptist church in Volinia on Tuesday the 21st Instant conducted by Rev. J.W. Springsteen, assisted by Mr. and Mrs. Frank Curtis. Notwithstanding the inclemency of the weather, a large concourse of friends and neighbors were in attendance, testifying to her worth as a member of the community in which most of her life had been spent. The fraternal orders of which she was a worthy member were well represented. After the service the early tabernacle was laid to rest in Crane Cemetery.

(Source: Rutherford Family of Cass County Michigan, author, David Arne Sisson)