Idaho County Free Press
December 29, 1960
SERVICES HELD FOR MILLIE MCGRANE
Services were held Tuesday at Robertson-Hansen
Funeral Home for MRS. MILLIE MCGRANE, 93, who died Friday in St. Joseph's
A pioneer of the Camas Prairie, Mrs. McGrane was the widow of Frank McGrane, the
long time manager of Alexander/Freidenrich Co., LTD, Idaho's oldest department
store. Mr. McGrane became manager in 1908 and later was named vice-president, a
post he held until his death in June, 1945.
Mrs. McGrane was born September 1, 1867, at Chicago, the daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Henry VonBerge. She came with her parents to Camas Prairie in 1884.
The family was among the first homesteaders in the area of Fenn. She saw its
transformation from a wild country into a fertile farming district.
She was married in 1896 to Mr. McGrane at Lewiston. Mr. McGrane's father was a
steward on the first steamboat to come up the Snake River in 1861. The McGrane
family located at Lewiston, the father made a few more trips as steward, then
became an early day baker.
Mr. McGrane and another man owned a one-sixteenth interest in the first gold
mining claims-the Big Buffalo, Merrimac, and Orofino, which touched off the
mining stampede to Buffalo Hump in 1898.
The McGranes lived at Grangeville until 1942, then moved to Lewiston where Mrs.
McGrane continued to reside after his death. She was a communicant of Trinity
Lutheran Church, Grangeville.
Survivors include one son, Frank Jr., Grangeville; two sisters, Miss Addie
VonBerge, Fenn, and Mrs. Helena Hauger, Portland, and two grandchildren.
Rev. Otto Blessin, Lutheran pastor, officiated at the services. Interment was in
Prairie View Cemetery. Pallbearers were M.R. Shaw, M.E. Johnston, Ward Dempsey,
Dale Eimers, G.W. Eimers and J.E. Graham.
Submitted by Chris Cornett