Note: N4113 The remains of the late M.S. Crary arrived in the city from Burlingame, California Thursday morning, accompanied by his son, Fred W. Crary. They were taken to the Welin undertaking parlors and later to the A.R. Crary residence, his old home, 530 Sixth street. The other sons, Arthur R., Clarence and Charles, reached Boone Sunday morning, Mrs. Crary being too ill to come at this time.
The funeral services were held from the home at 10:30 o'clock Monday morning, conducted by the Rev. Allen Judd of Des Moines, former rector of the Grace Episcopal church in this city, assisted by the Rev. A.H. Brook, the present pastor. A quartette composed of Miss Fay McKinnon, Miss Mary Johnson, Emil Nelson and Al Berglund, accompanied by Miss Helen Bonnard sang "Lead Kindly Light" and "Come Ye Disconsolate." The honorary pall bearers were C.T.T. Mason, J.H. Andrews, E.E. Chandler, S.L. Moore C.A. Osgood, S.R. Dyer, M.J. Reilly and G.F. Hewitt. The active pall bearers were John F.Herman, W.H.Canier, C.E. Rice, Jesse Wane, J.H. Riekenberg and W.M. Wheelock. The remains were escorted to their final resting place in Linwood Park cemetery east by a large concourse of sorrowing neighbors and friends.
Mahlon Stephen Crary was born September 1st, 1844, at his father's farm near Pierpont, N.Y. As a youth he worked on the farm and attended the district school. He later studied at the St. Lawrence academy at Potsdam. N.N., now the state Normal school. At the age of 18 he taught his first school at Parishville, N.Y., after which he taught at Canton and Pierpont. In 1865 he went to Chicago where his elder brother, Judson, worked, securing a position with the wholesale hardware firm of J.K. Botsford & Son. He soon became their city buyer and the experience gained in this work was later of great benefit to him. On April 14th, 1867, Judson and Mahlon came to Boone, Iowa, then called Montana, the end of the railroad line, and on April 29th of the same year they opened up a hardware store in a wooden building north of where the present City bank is located. For a long time the firm of Crary bros. occupied the corner of Story and Seventh. After the building of the Union block by the brothers the firm moved to the corner where the hardware business is at present conducted by Fred W. Crary, a son, while the implement and automobile end of the business is carried on by another son, Arthur, across the street.
M.S. Crary was married on February 7th, 1870, to Martha A. Leonard, at Pierpont N.Y., where her father was a farmer. They came to Boone the same year. To Mr. and Mrs. Crary were born six sons four of whom survive, Fred, Arthur, Clarence and Charles. Clarence S. Crary is cashier of the Bank of Burlingame, California, and Charles J. Crary is vice president of the First National Bank of Richmond, California. There are ten grandchildren. A sister, Mrs. Betsey M. Salisbury, lives at Clinton, N.Y., and a brother, William E. Crary, of Lamar Colorado, is visiting here. Four brothers and a sister are deceased.
For forty five years the firm of Crary Bros., J.R. and M.S. conducted their hardware and implement business, both men working constantly, bending every effort towards honorable success, growing up with the community, contributing their share in the work of pioneers. J.R. looked after the office end of the business as it grew, safely conservative and wisely foreseeing, while to M.S. fell the work of salesmanship and buying. Both men had the utmost regard and respect for each other and fr4om their harmonious striving came good results in the growth of their business. M.S. Crary was a finished businessman; keen, alert, progressive, willing to work tirelessly, possessed of a thorough understanding of the liens he handled, of absolute integrity in his dealings, and one who made close friends of his numerous customers friends of his customer and had no ill feeling from his competitors.
He was very fond of his friends, enjoyed social life, liked fishing and outdoor life, did not seem to grow old in spirit but rather to stay young. In his earlier years in Boone with others he was prominent in the pioneer days of the Presbyterian Church, while Mrs. Crary was very much interested in the musical work. Although Mr. Crary had a large circle of friends he held particularly close, several of the men who were pioneers with him in the early development of the city.
In his family life Mr. Crary was a most generous husband and father. For his home he provided the best his efforts could procure. The happiness and comfort of his life, the well being, progress and success of his sons were his dearest wishes and mothering he could possibly do to further their happiness was left undone.
In his later years declining health gave him the incentive for traveling and after a year in Florida, many winters were passed by Mr. and Mrs. Crary in California. For several years he lived at Mayfield and later moved to Burlingame where it was his keen pleasure to build and furnish a most comfortable bungalow home. Here he passed his 71st birthday, which was immeasurably gladdened by letters of friendship and good wishes from a host of his old business associate in Boone, where his thoughts were often. He loved life, liked its strife and its pleasure, was willing to carry his burden and do the work that came his way. And he could well be proud of a work well accomplished.
Boone County Democrat
11 November 1915
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