Crandall, Franklin R., the well known music dealer of Oneida, was born near State Bridge, Oneida county, N.
Y., July 5, 1851. He was the second son in a family of four children. His parents were both of New England ancestry.
His father, William G. Crandall, was born in the vicinity of Utica N. Y., and married Miss Eliza Wright, of Edmeston,
Otsego county, N. Y., soon after purchasing the farm in Verona township, where his children were born and reared
and he himself resided uutil his death, which occurred in 1880. After attending the district school near his home,
F. R. Crandall completed his education at the Oneida Seminary. He remained on his father's farm until he attained
his majority, when he entered the employ of the Oneida firm of Benson & Cree. Subsequently he went into business
on his own account, traveling and selling watches, jewelry and silverware. He then decided to make the jewelry
business his calling, and entered the employ of Leiter Brothers, extetensive dealers in pianos and other musical
merchandise in Syracuse, where he learned the music business in its various branches. After this he established
himself in the music trade in Oneida, continuing the same up to the present time. In 1885 he married Miss Inez
M. Cree, who was born in Vermont and whose ancestors were among the "Pilgrim Fathers" who came to America
in the historic Mayflower in 1620. Five children have been born of this union: Emma May, Charles Arthur, Clayton
Wells, Franklin R., and Florence B. In 1892, in association with his fatherinlaw, the late Charles B. Cree of Oneida,
he built the handsome Cree Crandall building on Main street, where he now has his music store. As a business man
Mr. Crandall has been active and enterprising, having introduced new and original methods into the music trade.
By his just and considerate dealing he has secured the friendship and good will of a wide circle of patrons, extending
beyond his own community into many other cities and counties of the State.
Our County and it's people
A Descriptive and Biographical Record of
Madison County, New York
Edited by: John E. Smith
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1890
Madison County, NY
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