Inez Pearl Crandle, the youngest daughter of Job Robards Crandle and Martha Rosette (Barnes) Crandle was born 13 Sep 1885 in Canton, Bradford Co., PA. She graduated from Syracuse Library School in 1907 and was a librarian until she retired in 1959. She was the first librarian at the Joseph and Elizabeth Shaw Public Library and a past president of the Pennsylvania Library Association. She was remembered fondly by many of her nieces and nephews for the books that she sent to us at Christmas time. Inez never married but was recognized my many for her passion for books. She died 4 May 1975 in Broomall, Delaware Co., PA and is buried in the East Canton Cemetery, Canton, PA. Obituary:
She always sent us books CLASSICS and when she came to visit, there were always stories. She was a super Children's Librarian and we benefited.
Because she felt that she had missed many opportunities for good jobs because she did not have a BA degree, only a diploma from Library School, she insisted that I try for a college that "someone had heard of". This was after she knew that I had applied at Keuka which was near home. An aside about the first semester's check - she had sent the check and before I could cash it, her bank failed.(fall of 1929). We ultimately managed.
I first remember her work as being in Mauch Chunk (now Jim Thorpe) where she was the only trained Librarian. From there it was to DuBois, PA, then to Plymouth Meeting PA. where she started the Library. I remember visiting her there where I learned about the Quakers first hand, even attended Quaker Meeting with the family with whom she lived. (Sadly, I haven't gotten over there yet since I have been in the neighborhood). She was in Savannah, GA then to Evansville, Ind. where she was Reference Librarian, but unhappy because she missed the hills of Pennsylvania. She came back to Clearfield where she worked until she retired and from there to Norristown, Wayne Hall and Broomhall. Her experience at Wayne Hall and Broomhall were an eye opener for me, thus the inspiration to find such accommodations.
After her return to PA, she would drive to Corning for part of her vacation and after she gave up the car, someone in the famiy would get her and return her for time in the summer and at Christmas. She and mother had lots of fun reminiscing. She always wanted her chauffer to get to Wayne Hall in time for lunch so we could meet her friends. The return trip was special too, we would always to do a round about trip or stop some place she especially wanted to go, (thus my introduction to shopping in Reading.) Sometimes it would be a stop to see some relatives. Martha, who lived in New Jersey visited her often as her health failed. She meant so much to all of us.
Remembrances of Aunt Inez by Ellen Benedict Wilson ~ June 2002
Aunt Inez was known for sending books to us at Christmas. I still have four books which she sent between December 1923 and 1928. One of those books was a Bird Book.
Before Aunt Inez owned a car she would come by train to visit us. She came on one such visit during her summer vacation. My father had an old Ford Touring Car which he drove to the train station to get her. One time he put the top down and drove too fast over a road which was covered with fresh tar. Some tar sprayed into the car and ruined her blouse. Needless to say, she was not too happy with Dad for this incident.
Aunt Inez helped me with my college expenses, too. She loaned me $25.00 per month which I repaid to my mother per Aunt Inez' request. On one of her trips west, she attended my graduation from U.C.L.A. in 1939.
In 1941 Aunt Inez came to visit me in Beaverton, but unfortunately I was not home! I had gone to California to help my sister, Marjorie, who had had a stroke. Howard was left to entertain her, never having met her previously. She had been traveling so we were not able to notify her that I had gone to California.
Two members of our family have followed in Aunt Inez' footsteps to become librarians. My granddaughter, Connie Repplinger, great grand niece of Aunt Inez, has just completed her Masters Degree in Information Science at the University of Illinois and is now working as a children's librarian in Salem, Oregon. Connie's husband, John, also received his Masters from the University of Illinois this spring and is now a science librarian at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon.