Albert Danielson built Fry Lake- not sure of date – probably in the 1930’s or 40’s.
In 1962, the Fry family purchased a little more than 600 acres from Mr. Danielson. This was the first piece of property the Fry’s had owned.
The purchase included a house, several lakes, a seven acre strawberry patch and a gravel business.
In 1964 or 65 the Fry’s started working on the lower lake converting it into a place for swimming. They drained it, cleared out moss and trees, reworked the dam, hauled in many truckloads of sand and put up the 18′ diving board.
Mr. Fry built benches and tables and also put in a concession stand and bathroom facility.
There were swings with athletic bars and see-saws for the kids to play on.
The charge was 50 cents for adults and 25 cents for children.
Fishing was 50 cents for the day.
Parking, picnicking and hiking were free.
The lake opened for swimming in 1966.
The lake was drained and cleared every year. Mr. Fry would add something new each year, i.e. water slide, more diving boards, raft etc.
In 1971, Mr. Fry had to have major surgery and could no longer take care of the lake.
In 1972, the Fry’s sold the lake to the Church of God.
Mr. and Mrs. Fry had 5 children – Bill, Jerry, Norma, Carlton and Oneita.
Mr. Fry loved to play the guitar. In 1954, he made recording of him playing the guitar 01-track-1. He had a Martin guitar that he purchased in 1943 for $10.00. Later this guitar was purchased by Vince Gill from one of the Fry children. Vince Gill played a song on the guitar in one his shows and mentioned Mr. Fry in that program.
Mr. Fry died in 1975. He was very much a family man and the entire Fry family was involved in making Fry Lake work.