Clarence Crane married Grace Edna Hart on June 1, 1898. The following summer, theeir only child was born, poet Harold Hart Crane. The Cranes' marriage was difficult. Grace Crane suffered from mental illness, and the couple separated on several occasions. The marriage finally ended in divorce on April 7, 1917.
He worked for his father until 1903, until he formed his own maple sugar business in Warren, Ohio
selling the business
In 1909, Clarence sold the business, but he continued to work for the firm as a salesman in Cleveland, Ohio, for the next two years.
Clarence Crane invented lifesavers because he wanted a candy that could with stad the hot summer days.The frist flavor was Pep-o-mint. Lifesavers first did not have a hole in the middle of them.
In 1913, Crane sold the rights to Life Savers to two New York candy manufacturers.
marketed to saloons
They marketed the candy to saloon owners, hoping that the customers would use Life Savers to improve their breath after drinking and smoking in the bars. Once saloon owners began to sell the candy, Life Savers got popular.
clarence stoped making lifesavers
Clarence didn’t manufacture Life Savers after 1913.
crane chocolate company
He formed the Crane Chocolate Company in 1916.
Technology improved to allow a hole in the center of the fruit candies. The hole in the middle is made by a pill maker.
Clarence Crane died on July 6, 1931.
Edward Noble founds the Life Savers Candy Company and begins using the iconic tin foil roll pack that we all know and love. The three original hard candy flavors of Lemon, Lime and Orange are joined by Cherry and Pine
During WWII, the armed forces were supplied with 23 million boxes of lifesavers. Roles of lifesavers are packed into American G.I.'s feild ration kits as reminder of home. This happened unitll 1945.
Because sugar was cheep in Canada, in 2003, Kraft Foods began to manufacture Life Savers in Canada.
2012 is the 100th anniversary of the invention of the lifesavers.