|Birth: ||Jun. 27, 1886|
|Death: ||Mar. 5, 1956|
James Marshall Fryman, son of Henry and Lisa Ellen Fryman, was born June 27, 1886 in Harrison County, Kentucky near Cynthiana, Ky.
He married Myrtle Hopper of Orleans, Ind. May 2, 1915. To this union was born six children: Pearl Stennett of Ridgway, Ralph Fryman of France, Daisy Ewing of Ellery, Charles James Fryman, who died in infancy, Dora Cox of Burnt Prairie and Bruce Leon Fryman of Ellery. He leaves his wife and children, fifteen grandchildren, relatives, and friends.
James and Myrtle Fryman and their one child, Pearl, moved from Orleans, Ind. to Grayville Feb. 7, 1917. He worked as a farm hand for a few months, after which he moved to Ellery Jan. 18, 1918. There he started working for the Southern Railroad as a bridge and building carpenter which he continued to do for 33 years and 3 months.
James Fryman was baptized and joined the Christian church at Ellery in the summer of 1922.
He retired from his main life's work on the railroad June 28, 1951 at the age of 65. Since then he had taken up small farming operations as a pastime. He farmed for four years, after which he passed away on the morning of March 5, 1956 at the age of 69.
Throughout his life he proved to be a faithful, loving husband and father because he loved his family, friends, and his home above all other earthly beings or things.
(Composed by Bruce L. Fryman)
Albion Journal-Register, Albion, IL
March 14, 1956
Occupation-In his early life, he hunted and trapped for a living (related to me by his son, Bruce L. Fryman).
Occupation-farm laborer-His last employment was on a farm near Golden Gate, IL in early January of 1918. Shortly after moving to Ellery, IL, he was hired by the Southern Railroad as a section hand.
Occupation-Southern Railroad Company
-Section Labor (2/1918-4/1921)-Ellery, IL
-Bridge and Building Apprentice (5/1921- 5/1923)-Mt. Vernon, IL
-Bridge and Building Helper (5/1923- 7/1936)-Mt. Vernon, IL
-Bridge and Building Carpenter (7/1936- 6/1951)-Mt. Vernon, IL-retired in 1951 with a pension.
(Source: Railroad Retirement Board, Chicago, IL)
Occupation-farmer-Jim and his son, Bruce, were small farmers compared with most of the local residents. In the year he passed away, they were cultivating approximately 120 acres of corn. Down through the years, he and his wife, Myrtle, raised pigs, chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys, milk cows, etc. They had cherry, peach, apple, crab apple, pear, plum, mulberry, and apricot trees-plus strawberry, blackberry, gooseberry, raspberry, etc. The vegetable garden had sweet corn, tomatoes, radishes, potatoes, cabbage, lettuce, okra, onions, green beans, peas, etc. The house and outbuildings which sat on 5 lots in Ellery, were in maximum production every year. It was the standard way of life for most early to mid-20th century rural families; whether one lived on a farm or in town. Since the 1960s, much of it has disappeared.
Tradition-family chowder-held each August off and on for several years-I don't know how far back this tradition goes, but I remember it being held several times as I was growing up. Jim and Myrtle's children continued it for several more years after their deaths.
Member of: Ellery Christian Church (baptized), Farm Bureau, Democrat Party, and Red Man Club (fraternal Organization).
William Henry Fryman (1862 - 1935)
Eliza Ellen Fryman Readnour (1865 - 1944)
Myrtle Lee Hopper Fryman (1899 - 1972)*
Pearl Fryman Stennett Jones (1916 - 2005)*
Ralph Fryman (1917 - 1995)*
Daisy Fryman Ewing (1919 - 2005)*
Charles James Fryman (1921 - 1921)*
Dora Fryman Hutchcraft (1923 - 1990)*
James Marshall Fryman (1886 - 1956)
James Madison Fryman (1899 - 1973)**
Created by: Michael J. Fryman
Record added: Aug 29, 2010
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