Jeremiah L. “Jere” Fryer

Jeremiah L. “Jere” Fryer

Solgohachia, Conway County, Arkansas, USA
Death 28 Dec 1902 (aged 53)
Tucson, Pima County, Arizona, USA
Burial Tucson, Pima County, Arizona, USA
Memorial ID 161674152 · View Source
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Jerry had a an interesting life, more so after he met Pauline Cushman.

Jerry, according to his friends in ARIZONA, said that he was part Indian, when in fact he wasn't, for he was born in CHEROKEE Indian Territory in Conway Co. part of Conway is in this Territory.

Jerry died at St Mary's Hospital which still in use today, it's just south of Interstate 40, south of Tucson. He was also a very heavy drinker, because of that according to his death certificate, he died of Brights decease. His remains where given to the undertaker and was buried at the city cemetery, then later in 1907, the city decided to moved the cemetery to where Evergreen is today, just few miles north, but the same undertaker did not bother to relocate the headstones properly or not at all including Jerry's, if he even had one, or even writing down where he put all those people. for he wasn't payed for those services.

The story as to how Jerry met Paulne Cushman, famed for being a Spy for the Union and actress. And where ever she went, she would always met people that heard of her or saw her performance on stage, and would greeted her with respect.

Jerry had returned from Arizona as he was a resident of that Territory since 1876, but he had matters to settle in Los Angeles. For Jerry and a partner of his, had property in town that were business, but the city had raised property taxes so high do to the fact that the city had subsidized the new Southern Pacific Railroad, so taxes were imposed on the businesses. So Jerry and his partner sold their lots on the Sheriff Auction. And since Los Angeles had a lot of people visitors, it is though that he stayed not in the city, but in San Gabriel, and it is said that that Pauline ran a Hotel in town. He must had stayed at this Hotel, but actually was an Inn and probably an old Adobe building. Also, the Railroad came by San Gabriel as it still is today, just south of the Mission. Family for Jerry states that before Pauline and Jerry left for Arizona, he brought her to his parents home in Spadra, which was located west of Pomona a few miles. Family states, that they were not impressed by her and thought that she looked a little older for him. So they left Spadra by train out as far as it did and took the stage the rest of the way to a place they called then Casa Grande Station, but this was Jerry's idea not Pauline's. For he knew that pretty soon the Railroad would come here and it would be their Terminus, just as Spadra did, so they took control of the only building there, the old adobe stage station, which is still there today. And so Pauline and Jerry were the original founders of the new town. This was in Dec of 1878. In Feb of 79 they went over to Florence to get married at the County Court House which still stands today. Later on, Jerry would become the first Post Master, and with that, Casa Grande became an official Town.

Then in later part of 1885 as he was already the town sheriff for Casa Grande, he was questioned about running for County Sheriff, he took on the challenge and ran and won in November of that year, outing Sheriff Pete Gabriel who was an outstanding Sheriff and was highly respected man and very good in handling his guns, Jerry took office in January of 1886, but as time went, he was seen traveling around this County many time as he was asked too, then on June 1 1888 and one time Sheriff Gabriel of Florence meet Josephus Phy his one time deputy meet in the local Tunnel Salon on Main St Florence. Both men never liked each other and so as Jerry was out of town on some duty needed, the two met and had it out, Josephus had been shot several times and then stepped out the doors and on to the street and fell on the ground, Gabriel stepped out and walked over him and down the street as he was shot as well, but lived. This story is at length can be read in Johnny A Swearengin book " Good Men, Bad Men, Law Men" published in 1991.

Best by far book, for the life of Jerry and Pauline when they were together, and her other husbands.
By Author William " Bill " J Christen. A very in depth look of their lives. Edinborough Press, at for other books
Copywrite 2006 by William J Christen

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  • Find a Grave Memorial 161674152
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Jeremiah L. “Jere” Fryer (25 Jun 1849–28 Dec 1902), Find a Grave Memorial no. 161674152, citing Evergreen Memorial Park, Tucson, Pima County, Arizona, USA ; Maintained by Werner H (contributor 48480465) .