Walter Grannan, 1896-1977
Peter and Helen had two
sons: Walter and Jimmie. Helen died in 1899 just after
Jimmie is born. Pete owns a 200 acre farm in Reeve Township
given to him by his parents Patrick and Pheobe.
Pete would die on 31 Dec 1928.
GRANNAN (November 15, 1896
- November 13, 1977) (my grandfather) was born on November 15, 1896, and
was baptized in St. Patricks Church in Corning, Indiana
on November 18, 1896. The sponsors were "Mr. and Mrs. Patrick
Grannan." This is odd when you note that Patrick died in 1893.
This could have been a misprint that meant to say "Mr. and Mrs. Peter
Little is known about the family farm or of Peter Grannan. Sometime
during Walter's life the farm disappeared. Peter was the last known legal
owner. Family lore is that it was sold by the state in 1918 while Walter
was in the Army. I am trying to find out where, why, when, etc about the
farm. Hopefully I can get an Index of Land Deeds for Daviess County
and shed some light on this subject.
Little is known about Walter and Jimmy’s life growing up. Walter Grannan
was drafted in the Army in World War I. He was a Private in the 24th
Company, 159th Depot Brigade, U.S. Army Serial Number
4740296. He was inducted September 5, 1918 at Washington, Indiana
for a period of "The Emergency" and was Honorably Discharged December
5, 1918 for reasons of "Demobilization".
the Army, Walter joined the B+O Railroad as a machinist. He lived in Flora, Illinois
for a time. I have an old address book that once belonged to him.
This book lists his address as “Box
41 Flora, Ill
Mar 22 1923.” This same book had James Grannan's
address of “2073 N. 13th St.
Terre Haute, Indiana
Apr 2 1926.” There were several more addresses in this book which was
found in a trunk that belonged to Walter.
Mrs. Stillwell 203 W. Main St.
Miss Augusta Mae Crane 425 S. Race St. Princeton, Ind. (would become his wife)
First Nat. Bank, Flora, Ill B+O Pass # 48166
12 Homer, LA.
Walter J. Grannan 709 W. Main St. Wash. Ind.
Mr. Ed Lundy 1829 Woodlawn Ave Indianapolis, Ind. (Augusta's
- Mrs. Harvey Wilcox R.R. R001 Allerton, Ill.
Peter Grannan (Walter’s father) died on December 31, 1928. In the book Cemeteries
of Daviess County, Indiana, he is listed in the Unmarked Graves Section of
St. Patrick's Cemetery in Corning.
It says he died on December 31, 1928 at the age of 69. This adds a little
more mystery to this guy.
Walter J. Grannan married AUGUSTA M AE CRANE on June 29, 1926 in Princeton, Indiana.
. Augusta Crane was born May 22, 1903 and would live untill
father was CHARLIE CRANE and her mother's maiden name was LUNDY. Charlie
was a railroad engineer for the Southern Railroad and a veteran of the Indiana national Guard. It is interesting that Charlie Crane’s
discharge reads that he was “Honorably discharged from the service of the
state of Indiana in consequence of having declined to enter the Volunteer Army
of the United States...” dated May 12, 1898. I assume this was in
response to the April 25, 1898 U.S. Declaration of War (Spanish-American
War). This was a controversial war opposed by much of the population as
an American display of imperialism in an attempt to take Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Phillipines
Among those opposed were Mark Twain, Andrew Carnegie, several senior Republican
senators, and many Democrats. They argued that it was “contrary to the
principles of American democracy.”
Charlie had a brother named BOB CRANE who was also a railroad engineer in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
There is a LUNDY from an orphanage in Vincennes,
Indiana who was a veteran of World
War II and a survivor of the Bataan Death March in the Phillipines.
He might have been an uncle or cousin to Augusta.
Click here to read more about the Cranes.
According to several old documents belonging to Donald W. Grannan, Augusta graduated from St.
Josephs Grammer School on May 24, 1918. She
graduated from National Piano Instruction in April 1920 and from the 20th
Century Bookkeeping Course in May 1920. She then, of course, married
Walter Grannan in 1926. Don Grannan also has a 38 caliber pistol and
holster that once belonged to Lawrence Crane (Augusta's brother and his uncle).
Walter and Augusta Mae Grannan had three children;
HELEN MARIE GRANNAN (1927 - 1927) in Princeton, Indiana.
ROBERT JOSEPH GRANNAN (1928 - 1995) in Princeton, Indiana.
DONALD WESLEY GRANNAN (1930) in Princeton, Indiana.
Helen Marie died at approximately 6
months of age of whooping cough. She was buried on July 27, 1927 in the Princeton Cemetery with a handscript
headstone. The headstone pictured here was placed there by Donald W.
Grannan. Picture was taken by Donald W. Grannan also.
The family lived on Race St
and at 1013 Stormont Ave
in Princeton, Indiana until 1942. Since Walter was a
machinist for the B+O Railroad, I am assuming the family moved to Washington, Indiana in
1942 because Washington
was a major railroad crossroads.
Robert Grannan beside house on Race St, 1929
They lived at 500 Ogden St.
until May, 1951 when they mortgaged a house on 416 Front Street
(Lots 20,61,62). The house was bought from Robert and Rita J. Schwandner who had bought it from Leo H. Fitzpatrick in
March of 1946. The mortgage was $3,200 at 5% (32$ per month). The
house had been appraised at $4,800. Walter paid off the mortgage in
April, 1961. This house was later sold to Michael Dean Williams in
Walter, Augusta, and Robert Grannan, 1929
Walter Grannan retired from the B+O Railroad in May, 1962. At left is a
picture of Walter and Augusta taken in Sep, 1962.
Augusta Mae died on November 6, 1969 and Walter died on November 13, 1977, in Washington, of a "Cerebro Vascular Accident". Among Walter’s Poll
Bearers were listed JACK GRANNAN and CARL GRANNAN. They are
buried in St. John's Cemetery in Washington,
JAMES GRANNAN, November 3, 1898
- 15 Aug 1970
Grannan (Walter's brother) never married. He was believed to have died
while on a county farm at Terre Haute.
He worked for the railroad for a time. The Social Security Index of
Deaths shows James Grannan born 3 Nov 1898, died 15 Aug 1970. His
residence was 47804 (Terre
Haute, Vigo, IN). Below is a picture of Jimmie
Grannan taken in May 1929 holding his nephew Robert (Walter's son).
The Original Grannan Settlers
1840s to 1850s
1860s to 1880s
1890s to Early 1900s
Chart of Grannan Descendants
Grannans in the Military
view by family info:
A. James Grannan
1. Patrick D. Grannan (Individual
2. John A. Grannan
(Individual Family page)
B. Mary Ellen Grannan
C. Bridget Grannan
D. George Grannan (Individual Family page)
Blanche Grannan (Individual Family page)
E. Margaret E. Grannan
F. Patrick E. Grannan (Individual Family page)
Leo J. Grannan (Individual Family page)
G. Peter J. Grannan (Individual Family page)
1. Walter Grannan
(Individual Family page)
H. Anna Grannan
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