Posted By: County Coordinator (email)
Date: 6/1/2010 at 20:03:03
On the list of honored dead in Boone county appears the name of Henry Fry who was called to his fail rest in 1910. He was a prominent farmer and dairyman of Des Moines township, where he took up his abode in 1861, there continuing until is demise. He was born in Gouverneur, St Lawrence county, New York, and was a son of Henry and Mary Fry. Thee family were wealthy farmers and dairymen of that section of the state. The parents had ten children, who were reared upon the old homestead in New York, Henry Fry having the same experiences as the others of the household. As the family were in comfortable circumstances he did not have to face the deprivation which many a farm lad has had to meet. He was trained in the work of the fields and the dairy and continued to engaged the dairy business in the east until 1861, when he removed to the middle west, establishing his home in Boone county.
It was near Boone, in 1863, the Mr Fry was untied in marriage to Mrs Mary F Frampton, nee Boggs, who was born in Bellefonte, Center county, Pennsylvania, on August 11, 1831, a daughter of John H and Catherine (Hoover) Boggs, both of whom were natives of Center county. They removed to Clarion county, Pennsylvania, and upon proceeding to the Mississippi valley settled in La Salle county, Illinois, in 1856. After a residence of five years there they came to Iowa, establishing their home in Boone county, where both passed away, the father dying about twenty-five years ago at the age of eighty-seven years, while the mother died thirty years ago at he age of eighty. John H Boggs was active and prominent in ;local public affairs as well as in agricultural circles. He filled various county offices, the duties of which he discharged with promptness and fidelity, and he was also active in church work, being a local preacher of the Methodist Episcopal denomination. His daughter Mrs Frampton was the fourth in order of birth in a family of twelve children, of who two daughters and three sons are yet living. It was in Pennsylvania, in 1850 that Mary J Boggs became the wife of W E Frampton, who died in that state February 1, 1861. They were the parents of five children all of whom yet survive: Abram E who follows farming near Boone, John B a passenger engineer on the Chicago & Northwestern, living at Boone, George who follows farming, Mrs W M Wheelock of Boone, in which city her husband engages in merchandising, and Mrs Frank Farron of Long Beach, California. Mr and Mrs Fry became parents two children: H E now a practicing lawyer of Boone, and Lillian the wife of Warren McMahon who is foreman of the machine department for the Chicago & Northwestern.
After establishing his home in this county Henry Fry concentrated his energies upon general agricultural pursuits and became the owner of a fine farm of 160 acres, which he brought to a high state of cultivation. His labors were crowned with success, for the practical and progressive methods which he followed in developing his farm resulted in producing good crops, for which he found a ready sale. His business affairs, too were capably engaged, and he became one of the well to do agriculturists of his part of the state. His religious faith was that of the Methodist church, to the teachings of which he was most loyal. Mrs Fry has been a member of the Methodist church for seventy years and has lived an earnest, consistent Christian life, winning the kindly regard and respect of all. Four years have come and gone since Henry Fry passed away, but he is yet remembered by many who knew him while he was still an active factor in the worlds work and who has learned to value his friendship and respect him for his genuine worth of character.
1914 Boone County History Book
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