ORLANDO B. CRANE, a prominent merchant of Avon , was born here when the place was called East Stoughton , January 20, 1835 . He is a son of Ebenezer and Angeline A. (Briggs) Crane. The Crane family is one of the old families of Avon . Ebenezer Crane, who was a boot cutter, died in 1852. The mother's death occurred in 1897. Orlando B. Crane attended the schools near his home when he had an, opportunity, obtaining a fair education. When about fifteen years of age, he went to work in a boot factory of East Stoughton . Here he learned the trade, and was afterward engaged in boot-making for a number of years. When he was about twenty years of age, he engaged in the express business, running from East Stoughton to Boston . After spending five years at that, he manufactured boots for a year and a half. In the fall of 1866 be opened a grocery store in East Stoughton , which, after conducting it for about eight years, he sold in 1874. He was subsequently in business in Brockton and Canton , Mass. About the year 1882 he started in the provision business in East Stoughton , subsequently adding groceries, hay, and grain to his stock in trade. He is now in control of a large and successful business, and his methods are such that he has the confidence of all with whom he deals. Successful by his own efforts alone, he is a selfmade man.

Mr. Crane was married to Miss Annie S. Kimball, of Bethel , Me. They have five children - A. Evaline, Everett C., Harry L., Orlando H., and Lester K. Mr. Crane has taken a prominent part in local politics, and he represented this district in the State legislature in 1867.

Source: Biographical Review - Volume XXV - Containing life sketches of leading citizens of Norfolk County Massachusetts . (Boston, Mass., Biographical Review Publishing Co., 1898), pgs. 316.

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