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 Clarence A. Crane

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Clarence A. Crane

Inventor. In 1903 in Warren, Ohio, Crane started what became the largest maple sugar producer in the world at the time. He would sell the business in 1909 and make chocolate candies at his Queen Victoria Chocolate Company. Chocolates tended to melt in the summer so he thought about producing a candy mint to help his sales during the hot weather. He noticed that a druggist used a machine to produce flat, round pills. Crane punched a small hole in the middle of this mints to resemble a life preserver, which were starting to be used on ships. Crane's Pep-O-Mint Life Savers were born, although he sold the rights to the candy invention to Edward Noble and J. Roy Allen in 1913 for only $2,900. Crane then started the Crane Chocolate Company in 1916, which boasted sales outlets in Kansas City and New York by 1921. The Life Savers brand was eventually a branch of the Nabisco company in 1981 and bought out by Kraft Foods in 2000 before being sold to the Wrigley Company in 2004. Life Savers now has approximately twenty-four flavors, and production has been shifted from Holland, Michigan to Montreal, Canada. Crushing Wint-O-Green Life Savers in the dark produces light, a process called triboluminescence. Clarence Crane was also the father of poet Hart Crane.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 59186028
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Clarence A. Crane (5 Apr 1875–6 Jul 1931), Find A Grave Memorial no. 59186028, citing Park Cemetery, Garrettsville, Portage County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .