Photo 77-MPI-13


I was Barbara Crank. Lived in and around Annada all my growing up years Sister of Kris Ogilvie, Connie Price, Chuck Crank. Daughter of Charles(Spot) Crank and Margaret Barnett Crank. Clapton Class of 1957. Now live in Lawrence Ks. I was in middle school in Clarksville when the Church was built. My husband of 44 years and I were married in the Church on Thanksgiving Day in 1961. Rose Crank was my aunt, my mentor and my elementary teacher in the Annada School, grades
1-6. The school closed at the end of my 6 th grade year and were bussed to Clarksville (Middle and Paynesville for high school, 1951.)

This was Rose Crank’s house. She was my aunt, a leader in Annada and throughout the county. She taught in the school at Annada for a number of years. There were many festivals and celebrations, planned and carried out by Rose, at the school. I deeply regret that the school was torn down. Rose taught for a few years in Clarksville Elementary when the R-3 District was created. Then she taught for a long time in St. Louis County (at two different districts, subsequently), where she gained many friends and a better salary. She commuted daily, most of the time, although she did share a modest apartment with another teacher, for the times when weather, etc., prevented her drive home. She had sole responsibility for the care of her parents and a great uncle who joined the household, and eventually her father only, until his departure in 1969.
(Family gave some help with that care, when Rose went on summer trips, or herself had to have medical attention. Also, community members helped to keep her car in good shape and other errands.) Rose worked every summer at the Annada Elevator. She was an active church leader, at the village church, throughout her adult life, and she served on the Pilke County Nurses’ Scholarship Board for many years.
She was definitely a pillar in the community, and something of a matriarch to her extended family.

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