Amer Crannell, dealer in grain, buggies, spring wagons, etc., was born in Hadley, Saratoga County, New York, February II, 1838. He was the fifth of a family of nine children. His father, Elijah Crannell, was a farmer, and his mother's maiden name was Mary Lord.
He received a limited education in the common schools of the country, and was raised to habits of industry, working the greater part of his early life on a farm. In December, 1856, he left his native home and emigrated west, landing in Jackson County, Iowa, where he engaged in farming till 1861.
In the spring of that year he crossed the plains with an ox team, and reached Oriville, California, in September following. In the last week of that month he enlisted in the Second California Cavalry, U. S. service, and went with his troop to San Francisco, where he was duly sworn in, and with his command, Company D., repaired to New San Pedro, California, where they established a camp. They remained there till June, 1862, when they moved to Camp Latham, six miles up the coast, about eighteen miles from Los Angeles.
In the three years which he remained in the service, his command was frequently engaged with the Indians. The latter they removed finally to a reservation near Fort Tejon. Company D., of the Second California Cavalry, during their campaign in this country, established Fort Independence, in Owen River Valley. They continued to operate against the Indians and rebels of that country till October, 1864, when they were ordered to San Francisco, where they were mustered out. This closed the military career of the subject of this sketch, who filled, at different times during the period of his service, the positions of farrier and commissary sergeant. In March, 1865, he left California and returned home by way of Panama, arriving at his home in Iowa on the day of the assassination of President Lincoln.
In 1869 he married, in Iowa, Miss Cornelia E. Bates, daughter of David B. Bates. By this marriage he has five children living, four sons and one daughter. In December, 1871, Mr. Crannell moved with his family to Maryville, Missouri, and thence, in 1872, to Mound City, Missouri, where he has since continued to reside, pursuing, in the meantime, various branches of business, and contributing to the growth and advancement of that important commercial center, of which he is recognized as a representative and eminently popular citizen. He established, in partnership with J. F. Davis, the first exclusive hardware store in Mound City, and subsequently the first extensive harness factory. He is no longer identified with either of these interests.
Source: "History of Holt and Atchison Counties, 1882" transcribed by Karyn