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Johnny Fry
Birth: 1840
Bourbon County
Kentucky, USA
Death: Oct. 6, 1863
Baxter Springs
Cherokee County
Kansas, USA

Frontier Figure. In 1849, he moved to Missouri with his family and by age 16, he was well known as a skilled horseman. In early 1860, after Fry won a horse race near Rushville, Missouri, Alexander Major approached him about riding for his new founded Pony Express service. Thus on April 3, 1860, he became the first courier agent out of the St. Joseph Pony Express Station. Fry's division ran from St. Joseph to Seneca, Kansas, a distance of eighty miles, which he covered at an average speed of twelve and a half miles per hour, including all stops. A hard rider, he gained the reputation for never failing to deliver the mail and news flyers no matter what conditions prevailed be bandits, Indians or weather. He continued as a dispatcher until the telegraph line construction was completed ending the Pony Express service in October 1861. With the start of the Civil War, Fry was recruited by Union Army General James G. Blunt to serve as a messenger rider and scout, but his military career was cut short. On October 6, 1863, while on his way from Fort Gibson to Fort Scott with an important message, he was attacked by Confederate guerrillas. In a hand-to-hand fight with the Confederates, Fry killed five of his assailants before falling mortally wounded. 
 
Burial:
Baxter Springs Cemetery
Baxter Springs
Cherokee County
Kansas, USA
 
Created by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
Record added: Jan 05, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 46355569
Johnny Fry
Added by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
 
Johnny Fry
Added by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
 
Johnny Fry
Added by: Laura Charles
 
 
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For Johnny Fry - You took on one of the most perilous jobs in the west - the Pony Express. Your final story is amazing, especially since the Express riders were chosen especially if their were of slight build, to make it easier on their mount, and so that...(Read more)
- Laura Virgil
 Added: Jun. 22, 2012

- Laura Charles
 Added: May. 19, 2012

- John "J-Cat" Griffith
 Added: Jan. 6, 2010
 
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