In Memory of
Laura (Lane) Crawford
Daughter of George and Martha (Doyle) Lane
This is a story told to me by my Great-Aunt Dorthy
and Nobe Crawford had a daughter named Faye. When Faye
was about 9 months old, Laura had a dream that she would never
live to see her daughter be 1 year old. She told her mother, Martha
Lane, that if anything happened, she wanted her to rear her as her
own, because Nobe couldn't take good care of her. A few weeks
after this, on a snowy winters night, Laura was sitting by the fire with
Faye on her lap. She got her skirts too close to the fire and they were
burning. She tried to pat out the fire, then she took Faye and tossed
her onto the bed. Faye screamed, because she didn't know what
was happening. When Laura raised her skirt to put out the fire, it
just flamed up. She went outside in the snow and started running.
Her Father-in-law chased after her and rolled her in the snow to
put out the flames. She was badly burned, but could still write. She
wrote a note and gave it to her dog, Boy, and told him to take it to her
Mother. He went to her Mother's house. Even with a room full of
people, Boy took the note straight to her Mother.
Just a while before Laura died, Boy was outside her window howling.
Laura said, "He knows what is going to happen." Not long after that,
she died. Faye was reared as a Lane, and went by the name of Lane
for a long time. Martha had a baby of her own at that time named
Susie. She nursed Faye on one side and Susie on the other
Contributed by Edith (Lane) Fuller
Great-niece of Laura and Great Grandaughter of George and Martha Lane.
Contributed on 11 November 1999
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