Idaho County Free Press

Thursday, June 28, 1945


  No man in Idaho County was known to more people, had more friends, and was better liked than FRANK MCGRANE, who died Tuesday morning in his room in the Lewis-Clark Hotel, Lewiston, shortly after returning from his breakfast meal. His son, Frank McGrane, Jr., who was in Lewiston at the time, conveyed the sad news to A.L. Gilkeson, long time friend and business associate, and almost a shadow was cast over the town as word spread fast along Main Street that a friend to all had been taken by death.

  Rosary services will be held Friday evening, June 29, at 7:30 at the Hancock Chapel; Requiem Mass at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church Saturday morning at 10 o'clock with the Rev. Fr. Jerome T. O'Connor, celebrant. Burial will be in Prairie View Cemetery.

  Mr. McGrane had not been well for several years past, suffering with a heart ailment, but it was for his wife's health they moved to Lewiston last October. Mrs. McGrane had just a few days before been removed from St. Joseph's  Hospital, where she had been accompanied by her husband to the hotel.

  Mr. McGrane had been sitting on the edge of the bed  when he collapsed. A bellboy was in the room at the time and Mr. McGrane's son and a physician were called and firemen used a resuscitator in an effort to create respiration without success.

  He was born in Portland, Oregon, January 26, 1851, the son of Mr. and Mrs. James McGrane, northwestern pioneers. The family moved to Lewiston in 1869, where Frank obtained his early schooling. When a lad of 18, Mr. McGrane brought a herd of cattle into Idaho County and followed stock raising a number of years. Later he became affiliated with the Alexander-Freidenrich Company store and in 1908 was elected secretary and manager of the organization, and later vice-president, position he held at the time of his death.

  No one could have been more public spirited than Frank McGrane, and many of Grangeville's and Idaho County improvements for the last 50 years were backed by his efforts and many were of his origination. He was a constant, active member of the Chamber of Commerce and chairman of the highways and good roads committee for years.

  In 1895, Mr. McGrane married Miss Millie Von Berge, daughter of Henry and Sophia Von Berge, Idaho County pioneers. They have one son, Frank Jr., civilian employee of the air forces in Spokane. One brother, Thomas McGrane of Lewiston, survives and numerous nieces and nephews.

Submitted by Chris Cornett



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