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 Johnny Fry

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Johnny Fry

  • Birth 1840 Bourbon County, Kentucky, USA
  • Death 6 Oct 1863 Baxter Springs, Cherokee County, Kansas, USA
  • Burial Baxter Springs, Cherokee County, Kansas, USA
  • Memorial ID 46355569

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.

  • Created by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
  • Added: 5 Jan 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 46355569
  • Laura Virgil
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Johnny Fry (1840–6 Oct 1863), Find A Grave Memorial no. 46355569, citing Baxter Springs City Cemetery Soldiers' Lot, Baxter Springs, Cherokee County, Kansas, USA ; Maintained by John "J-Cat" Griffith (contributor 46568383) .