Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing
Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties, State of Washington",
published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
WILLIAM S. FRY is one of the
younger men of Lincoln county and is known as a progressive and patriotic
citizen. He was born on June 16, 1873, being the son of William and
Louis L. (Brown) Fry. The mother was a native of Massachusetts and
was married in Binghampton, California, in 1871. The father was a
native of Seneca county, Ohio, and there received a good college education.
He taught school two years in Ohio then went to California in 1860, going
around Cape Horn. He continued the work of the teacher there and
finally took land in Salina county. He was on the board of education
for years in his section and also devoted considerable time to teaching.
He is the possessor of a life diploma from the state of California.
They are members of the Methodist church and Mr. Fry has been active in
Sunday school work as superintendent for over twenty-five years.
They were the parents of four children, Rollin H., Ralph E., William S.,
the subject of this sketch and Clara L. The parents are still living
on a fine fruit and stock ranch in Almira, California, being highly respected
and prominent people. Our subject received a good education in California,
completing the same with a college course. After leaving school,
he worked for his father for two years then went to Mendocino county and
worked in the mill. In 1896, on October 6, Mr. Fry married Miss Carrie
Carter, a native of California. After that they came to Lincoln county
and bought a quarter section which has been their home since. The
same is well improved, with buildings, orchard, fences and so forth, and
has been made a valuable place through the labors of Mr. Fry. Two
children have been born to his household, Winifred and Ruth. Mr.
and Mrs. Fry are very active in the advancement and interest of education
and school facilities. Mr. Fry takes an active interest in political
matters and is a progressive and wide-awake man. He is a member of
the I. O. O. F., and an enthusiastic admirer of the resourceful country
of the Big Bend.