|Death: ||Mar. 17, 1859|
THE OIL CITY DERRICK Tuesday Morning, May 3, 1910
Fifty Year Old Casket. Unaffected by Time. It Contains the Body of Samuel Frye.
An interment of an exraordinary character took place in Grove Hill cemetery when the body of Samuel Frye, whose death occurred March 17, 1859 at Wilmington, now known as Monongahela City, was buried beside the body of his wife, whose death at the home of her brother, Alderman William M. Williams, Grove Ave., this city, occurred in 1898. Samuel Frye, the deceased, was 55 years of age at the time of his death in 1859. He was one of the pioneer paper manufacturers whose mills were erected along the banks of the Monongahela River, in which rags were the raw material used.
When Mr. Frye died, his brother-in-law William Williams, bought for him one of the only two metallic caskets there were then in the city of Pittsburgh and probably the first ones in the United States. The shape of the casket, which was cast iron, resembled that of a fish and was cast in two sections with lips six inches apart which were bolted together. The casket weighed 600 pounds and was encased in a wooden rough box when deposited in the old Monongahela cemetery 51 years ago. The cemetery was finally abandoned, no interments taking place there during the last quarter of a century. All of the memorials and monuments disappeared and it is probable that the remains of Samuel Frye were the last in the old burying grounds when his son, Samuel Culbertson Frye, of this city, arrived in Monongahela City, Wednesday, April 27 to transfer them to Oil City. The son had a general idea of the location of the grave. He secured the services of five men, who, at his direction, ran a series of trenches in various angles for two days before they discovered the grave. Every vestige of the wooden rough box had disappeared. The metallic casket was as firmly embedded in the clay that surrounded it as though the plastic material had been poured around it or tampered upon it. There was little erosion of the iron and those who viewed it declared that it would have withstood the raveges of time for another century. The casket and it's precious contents were brought to Oil City by the son, arriving here Saturday and was taken to the undertaking rooms of the Charles Stewart Paul building, where it remained until Monday morning and was then taken to Grove Hill cemetery for interment. It required eight strong men to transfer it from the wagon and lower it into the grave.
Elizabeth Williams Frye (1810 - 1898)
Grove Hill Cemetery
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