The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Commercial Times (Oswego, NY), Tues., April 13, 1858

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Death Of An Old And Valued Citizen. - It was our melancholy duty yesterday to record the death of another of our oldest , most prominent and respected citizens. Hunter Crane died at his residence, in this city, on Sunday morning, the 11th inst., between seven and eight o'clock after a somewhat protracted illness. Mr. Crane was born at South East, Dutchess county, on the 1st of March, 1791, and consequently had but just passed the 67th year of his age.

He embarked in commerce in early life, the junior partner of the venerable Samuel F. Hooker, at Sackets Harbor, who still survives him, though many years his senior. His house had extensive dealings with the officers and government of the United States, connected with the Army and navy in the War of 1812; and subsequently Mr. Crane and his family proceeded with a detachment of the Army to Fort Howard, Green Bay, where he resided for two years, occupied as Army sutler.

On his return from the Western Frontier, Mr. Crane settled at Salina, and was connected with extensive mercantile operations for several years, after which he established himself at Oswego in 1842, where he spent the remainder of his life, actively engaged in the commerce of the city and lakes, charged in addition with the agency of several insurance companies.

Mr. Crane has been connected with the commerce of the Lake Counties for almost half a century, and has witnessed its unparalleled growth from infancy to its present magnitude; and whatever of material wealth he may have left to his heirs, he leaves them a legacy more valuable than gold, the reputation of a sagacious and talented merchant of unimpeachable integrity. In domestic life he was benevolent and charitable, a true and faithful friend, a kind and indulgent parent and a devoted husband. in death his memory will be cherished by a community which, in life, ever esteemed him for his excellent qualities of head and heart.

Mr. Crane has always been in sentiment Episcopalian - to the Episcopal Church, in its doctrines and forms, he was greatly attached. Not having been baptized in childhood he was not a communicant of the Church, though always a devout and conscientious worshiper until within the last few months. he had long felt the importance of something more than he had done to give him the comfort of a reasonable religious hope.

He was baptized into the Church in February last, before his last illness, and afterwards received the Holy Communion at his house. Since his baptism there has been a marked change, not so much in his outward conduct, which had long been that of a conscientious man, as in the cheerful state of his mind in view of the steps he had taken to identify himself with the church.

He had now the Christian hope, and he was no longer reserved on the subject of religion. It became the topic of frequent conversation with his family as it was the uppermost thing in his thoughts, and he was ready for any personal question which might be asked him upon that solemn subject. he enjoyed the conversation and prayers of his Christian friends, many of whom have been to see him in the course of his sickness. But he seemed to enjoy most of all the solemn forms to which he had become familiarized, and frequently asked for the service of his Church to be read at his bed side. And thus he passed away, giving tokens to all around him, upon which his friends will delight to dwell, of the sustaining and comforting power of a calm and unwavering trust in the merits of his Redeemer.

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Oswego Commercial Times (Oswego, NY), Tues., April 13, 1858