Monday, December 2, 2013

William S. Fry: Student, Soldier, Store Owner and Councilman

William S. Fry, born in July 1839
1. Attended Wabash College (and Preparatory Department)
2. Fought in the Civil War as a Crawfordsville Zouave for nearly two years and then enlisted in the C Company of the 108th Regiment Minutemen of the Indiana Volunteers
3. Married local girl, Lucy A. Wallace
4. Took his father's place as David McClure's partner at the "Trade Palace"
5. Became a dry goods merchant after leaving the McClure partnership
6. Put forth the motion for Crawfordsville to become a city in May 1865 and became the 2nd ward
7. Achieved all this by age 36 1/2 and was buried at Masonic Cemetery (6 January 1876)
Here William S. Fry is listed as a manager for the Christmas Eve Ball in 1858

This is the G.A.R. (Grand Army of the Republic) at the Crawfordsville Courthouse.  Fry was a member and is probably in the photo, but, unfortunately, all these men are unidentified.

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