Thomas McGrane

Lewiston Morning Tribune
Thursday, July 5, 1945

Tom McGrane Taken By Death At Home; Last Of Old Family

Thomas McGrane, 82, resident of this community for the last 76 years, died at his home at 223 Fourth street between 2:30 and 4:45 yesterday afternoon, just eight days after the death of his brother, Frank McGrane, Grangeville. In the death of Mr. McGrane the last of the original McGrane family locating here in the '60s has passed.

Mr. McGrane, a bachelor, resided alone at the Fourth street address for many years. For the last year and one-half he had been in failing health but never bedridden. He was owner of the Rodero, a soft drink establishment at 702 Main street, for the last 25 years. He kept in touch with his business daily and yesterday at 2:30 called his manager, Carl Painter, to stop by his residence in relation to business matters.

Died Seated At Desk

Painter reached the home at 4:45 and entered. He found Mr. McGrane seated at his desk dead, apparently the victim of a heart attack. He was overcome when his brother died and this, friends believe, led up to the attack.

Mr. McGrane was born at Portland March 20, 1863, the son of Mr. and Mrs. James McGrane. His father first came to this locality in 1861, engaging in operating a pack train to the Pierce mining region. He returned here with his wife and children in 1869 to permanently reside. The elder McGrane was for many years engaged in the restaurant and bakery business in this city.

Thomas McGrane was intimately associated with the early history of central Idaho. He was among the volunteers organized for defense of Lewiston in the Indian war of 1877. He had lived to see Lewiston grow from a hamlet of a paltry few permanent residents to a city of commercial and educational importance. He was well versed in the history of Lewiston.

He at one time was engaged in the stock business with his brothers, the late James B. McGrane and the brother who died last week furnished horses to the government in the war with Spain and performed a like service for the British government during the Boer war.

List Of Survivors

Mr. McGrane's survivors include the following nieces and nephews; Frank McGrane, Grangeville and Spokane; Tom Boise, James Manning, Mrs. Clara Howell, and Mrs. Theodora Conger, all of Lewiston; Mrs. Nellie Finn, Tacoma; Mrs. Lester Roueche, Pomeroy, and Mrs. Patricia Crawford, Boston, Mass.

The body s at Vassar-Rawls chapel with funeral arrangements pending.

Contributed by Natalie Huntley

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