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Champaign County, Illinois

Biography - Theodore Fry

SOURCE: "History of Champaign County, Illinois with Illustrations," 1878


THEODORE FRY - Among the respected citizens and good men of Champaign county, is Theodore FRY, the subject of this sketch. He is another of the hardy and enterprising sons Ohio has given to help develop this state. He was born in Preble county, Ohio, December 24th, 1821, and was the fourth child of a family of five children of Cornelius and Catharine (SHAFFER) FRY. His parents were born in Pennsylvania, and were of German extraction. They moved to Ohio when it was but sparsely settled, and gave little promise of developing so rapidly into a great commonwealth. His father, immediately upon his arrival (about 1815), commenced farming. His son Theodore's life, until his twenty-first year, was passed on the homestead, where he was constantly employed, and whenever opportunity afforded, he never failed to endeavor to improve his mental acquirements, and mainly through his own efforts succeeded in getting a considerable store of practical and useful knowledge. In 1843 he determined to begin life on his own account, and moved to Indiana, still continuing to follow his favorite occupation of farming. On the 18th of October, 1843, he married Miss Lucy Ann DRYER, who is a native of Indiana, and daughter of Edward and Margaret (GREGORY) DRYER. Her father was a native of Massachusetts, and her mother (who is still living, and over eighty years of age) of Virginia. By this union they have had six children, in the following order of their births: John, Edward, Kate, who married John W. KING; Alonzo, Jay and Hiram Y. All of them, except Mrs. King, who resides in Douglas county, live in Champaign county. Until 1856 Mr. Fry was a Democrat, since which time he has been a patriotic Republican, and strongly supported that party in its efforts to preserve the Union. His father, Cornelius FRY, and Wm. GREGORY, an uncle of Mrs. Fry, performed a similar office in the earlier days of the Republic, both participating in the war of 1812. Mr. Fry has never been an aspirant for political honors, and has uniformly avoided any preferment in that direction. He has, however, frequently been elected to fill township offices. He is a most estimable and upright man; one who, by his own shrewdness and foresight, together with habits of industry and sobriety, and a character well known for its moral strength, has made his life a success. He furnishes a good example of what a man can accomplish through his own unaided efforts, and a strict observance of those moral laws that should be indelibly impressed upon the memory and hearts of the youth of the land.

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