Early Residents of Monrovia
William Aaron Crandall
Birthdate: March 19, 1842
Birthplace: Watson, Lewis County, New York
William Aaron Crandall was born March 19, 1848, in Watson, Lewis County, New York. His father, John Miller Crandall, owned a lumber mill in Watson. His mother's name was Clarissa Ward.
There is no evidence that Crandall served in the Civil War. There is a marriage record for him and Annie E. Denslow for December 30, 1868, in St. Joseph, Indiana. Sometime later, they moved to Sioux City, Iowa, where William Crandall sold sewing machines (1880 Federal Census).
The first mention of W.A. Crandall living in Monrovia is an announcement in the Monrovia Messenger on February 7, 1889, identifying Crandall as coming from Sioux City, Iowa, and having bought the tinning business of Woods Brothers and moving it to the Badeau Block. It also states that Crandall is going to carry jewelry in addition to tinware. The February 21, 1889, gives his occupation as a jeweler and describes his shop in the Badeau Block as having jewelry and watches on one side, while the other side has hardware, tinware, and plumbing supplies. He has a plumber and tinsmith who work for him. Another issue (October 17) identifies Henry Ritter as the employee who is working for Crandall as a plumber and tinner.
Another article in the April 18, 1889 edition of the Monrovia Messenger, states that Crandall is having an addition built to his home on Lime (235 E. Lime Ave.) and making other improvements about the place. In September (12), the newspaper reports that Crandall added a barn to his property.
In 1890, Crandall moved his store across the street into the Johnson Block (Monrovia Messenger, January 30, 1890). Crandall was also on the board of directors of the Gregory Oil Company. Crandall continued working at his hardware business until his death on May 3, 1910.
In addition to his house at 235 E. Lime Avenue, Crandall and his wife also owned the property to the west of them, 229 E. Lime Avenue (Lot 20) and to the west of them 237-239 E. Lime (Lot 22). They built a small house at 229 E. Lime and used it as rental. A larger house was built at 239 E. Lime, and Annie Crandall's nephew, Warren Herbert Denslow, purchased it after Mr. Crandall died.
The Crandalls never had children, so it is likely that Warren Denslow and his family moved next door to keep an eye on Annie Crandall as she was 62 years old when her husband died. Both Denslow, a plumber, and Annie Crandall built additional structures on their property to use as rentals.
Annie E. Crandall died on January 31, 1935 in Monrovia. Both she and her husband are buried in Live Oak Cemetery in Monrovia, California.