It has been a long time since I did a post. We were privileged to have met more of the Fry family. Jerry and his family were out here visiting and Oneita and Larry also came out. It was once again fun to hear the stories of Fry Lake. What a great family! So many memories made here by the Fry family! I am posting pictures, but I must apologize. The one of Oneita, Larry and Norma came out blurry. I didn’t have my camera set correctly. Sorry guys! We will have to get another one next time you’re in town.
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.
Dave and I were privileged to have been able to sit down with “Mom” and Bill Fry. They came over and filled us in on some more of the history of Fry Lake! We enjoyed hearing the stories of how Mr. Fry purchased the property and the reality of seeing it come to be the local swimming area. Bill told us the story of how he helped put the 30 ft. diving board together, but then once it was done, he never did jump off it. Sounds smart to me!!! Mom Fry told us how she used to work in the concession stand and would make lots and lots of sno-cones. We enjoyed meeting and getting to know both of them! Thanks you guys for taking the time to come over and fill us in on this piece of property. We were able to get a few pictures of them. Norma – you skated on the pictures! You’ll have to come back over so we can get a picture of you at Fry Lake! Oneita, we are looking forward to meeting you in September!