Crane, Charles Alva was born on November 16, 1853 in Quincy, Illinois, United States. Son of Review James L. and Elizabeth (Mayo) Crane.
Educated Springfield, Illinois, public schools. Garrett Biblical Institute, Evanston, Illinois (Doctor of Divinity).
November 24, 1866. Entered Mechanical Engineering ministry in Illinois Conference, 1878, holding several pastorates in that conference (last 1st Methodist Episcopal Church, Danville). Then pastor 1st Methodist Episcopal Church, Colorado Springs, Colorado. Then pastor People’s Temple, Boston.