“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Glens Falls in Warren County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Henry Crandall

Henry Crandall Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, April 21, 2020
1. Henry Crandall Marker
Born in 1821 into a poor family on the east side of Lake George, Henry Crandell went on to make a fortune as a lumberman. He retired at age 59 and until his death in 1913 he gave generously of his money. Legend has it that Henry Crandell was visiting the workmen in 1899 when they were building this monument and one of the workmen quipped, “Mr. Crandell, when you are buried here, after a time you will be forgotten.” So, as the story goes, Crandell took off a shoe and stocking and left his footprint in the cement. The five-point star that sits on top of the monument is the same shape as Henry Crandall’s log mark that was stamped into all the logs before he floated them down the Hudson River to the mill. The different markers allowed logs’ owners to be easily identified.
Henry Crandell certainly made his mark on Glens Falls. He donated the land for the library and established a fund that still provides for the library. Henry Crandell was known as a hard worker and a proponent of saving money. To help the youth of Glens Falls, he established a Boys Club. He started a savings account for each boy with $25 and promised $100 at
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By Larry Gertner, April 21, 2020
2. Henry Crandall gravesite
Henry Crandell donated this land to the City of Glens Falls. The 51-foot obelisk with the five-point star marks the grave of Mr. Henry Crandall and his wife, Betsey Waters Crandell. Mr. Crandell’s favorite team of white horses is also buried in front of the monument.
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the age of 21 to each boy who deposited $37.50 to the account from his own labors. The boys also had to follow a strict set of rules. The boys were required to “abstain from use of liquor, swearing, beer or tobacco in any form” and to “shun bad habits, bad company and bad resorts.” In addition each was expected to “work diligently to bring about his own success.
On his 92nd birthday, just days before his death, Henry Crandell gave an interview in which he said, “No boy in this city is in poorer circumstances than when I set out on life’s journey. But everyone can reach success if he will refrain from bad habits and cultivate the habit of saving money.”
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceParks & Recreational Areas. A significant historical year for this entry is 1821.
Location. 43° 19.216′ N, 73° 39.661′ W. Marker is in Glens Falls, New York, in Warren County. Marker is on Glen Street / Route 9 west of Monument Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Crandell Park, Glens Falls NY 12801, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Global War on Terrorism (within shouting distance of this marker); Korean War Monument (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Peace and Victory Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away);
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By Larry Gertner, April 21, 2020
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Henry Crandell and his favorite team.
Gen. Henry Knox Trail (approx. ¼ mile away); Half Way Brook (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Half Way Brook (approx. 0.6 miles away); First Presbyterian Church of Glens Falls (approx. ¾ mile away); The DeLong House (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Glens Falls.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 26, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 25, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 91 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 25, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Michael Herrick was the editor who published this page.

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