|Birth: ||Mar. 21, 1842|
|Death: ||Jun. 18, 1933|
W. O. Fray, 92, pioneer of Idaho County and Civil War veteran and Indian fighter, committed suicide at his home here Sunday morning [June 18] by hanging himself from a tree. No reason is known for the act other than he was being troubled with failing eyesight and suffering infirmities of old age.
William Oscar Fray was born in Randolph County, Missouri, March 21, 1842. He spent his early life on his father's farm, and at the beginning of the Civil War enlisted for services with the Confederate Army. At the close of the war, he enlisted with Co. D, 16th Regiment of the Kansas Cavalry to fight the Cherokee Indians, and during an engagement while serving in this enlistment was wounded in the right shoulder with a rifle bullet. This would cause him quite a bit of trouble in later years. He served one year being discharged in December, 1865.
In 1869 he was married to Miss Elizabeth Rice, and with his family came west to Waitsburg, Wash. in 1896. A few years later he moved to Camas prairie and lived on the John Coram ranch near Grangeville. Later he purchased 160 acres about a mile west and south of Grangeville, the farm where Dewey Cowgill now lives. Here he lived with his family until 1917, when he sold his ranch and moved to Grangeville, where he has since resided.
Mrs. Elizabeth Fray died May 31, 1927, and on May 9, 1928, Mr. Fray was married to Mrs. Rose Kernan of Asotin, Wash. He is survived by his wife; four daughters, Mrs. Alice B. Borstad and Mrs. Lucile Eberts, both of Dell Rapids, S. Dak., Mrs. Goldie Brownelle of California, and Mrs. Frankie Bonstrom of Cheney, Wash.; six sons, Walter, Sioux City, Iowa, Albert and Claud, Spokane, Jim of Rosalia, Wash., Lonnie in Dell Rapids, S. Dak. and William of Alberta, Canada.
Funeral services will be held this afternoon at the Hancock Funeral Home at 1:30 p.m. Rev. Sydney A. Walker officiating. The services will be conducted under the supervision of the Grangeville Post of the American Legion. Burial will be in Prairie View Cemetery.
Annie Elizabeth Rice Fray (1852 - 1927)*
Alice Beatrice Fray Borstad (1871 - 1965)*
Lizzie Pearl Fray (1880 - 1881)*
William Yates Fray (1882 - 1968)*
Alonzo Ross Fray (1893 - 1989)*
Claude J. Fray (1896 - 1965)*
Prairie View Cemetery
Created by: Gary Wolfe
Record added: Jun 09, 2011
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