Oregon Pioneer Biographies


"Portrait and Biographical Record of the Willamette Valley - Oregon," Chapman Publishing Company, Chicago, 1903

R. William Fry

Among the native sons of Linn county who are proving worthy their early training, and the opportunities which surround them, R. William Fry occupies a prominent place. He is not only industrious and practical in the management of his two farms, but is of a progressive turn of mind, alert to every advantage which invention and latter-day ingenuity has placed at the disposal of the tiller of the soil. Of the farm near Albany where he was born September 15, 1856, Mr. Fry owns one hundred and sixty acres, and his home place near Newport consists of one hundred acres. His father was one of the early settlers of this state, and the son grew to maturity under the most kindly and auspicious circumstances, being instilled with a thorough appreciation of the dignity and usefulness of agricultural life.

At the age of twenty-one years Mr. Fry left the old homestead and took up his residence on the farm of his uncle, which he rented for two years, and then removed to a farm near his old home. Four years later found him located amid the scene of his youth, and which bore innumerable tokens of the industry and good management of his sire. Eventually he came to his present farm, in connection with which he runs his share of the old place, devoting both farms to general farming and stock-raising. He is successful and popular, living far behind his yearly income, and thus laying up for a stormy day, or perchance for the more complete enjoyment of a bright one.

The marriage of Mr. Fry and Irene Swank took place in 1895. One child, Roberta, was born December 15, 1899. Mr. Fry is a Democrat in politics, and his sociability and loyalty find appreciation and outlet in the lodge of the Modern Woodmen of Albany. He is one of the strongest members of a successful community of agricultural interests, and his wide-awake efforts reflect credit upon all who surround him as friends or associates.

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