John Hancock Fry

John Hancock Fry

Birth
Death 22 Apr 1908 (aged 58)
Burial Ephrata, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA
Memorial ID 78196361 · View Source
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John Hancock FRY, Esq., the second son of John and Elizabeth (Merkel) Fry, was born at Fry's Mill, Ephrata township, Lancaster county, Pa., on January 21, 1850. His father was a miller at the homestead where this business has been carried on by members of the Fry family for six generations. Mr. Fry entered Franklin and Marshall Academy in the fall of 1869 and the following year the Freshman class of College, when he became a member of the Diagnothian Literary Society. He was graduated with his class in 1874.

At the close of his college course he entered the law office of the Hon. A. Herr Smith in Lancaster, continuing under this preceptorship until his admission to the Lancaster Bar on February 17, 1877. From that time until his death he continuously practiced his profession, most of his business being in the Orphans' Court.

Mr. Fry took an active interest in public and political affairs. In politics he was an Independent Republican. He served one term as county solicitor (1883-1885), when he started a crusade against exhorbitant bills on the part of aldermen, justices of the peace and constables, thus saving the county thousands of dollars. For one year he served as chairman of the Republican county committee. He was a member of the Young Republicans of Lancaster, and of the Lancaster County Historical Society. In his leisure moments he was fond of writing verses, many of which were published in local papers.

During one of his college vacations Mr. Fry met with an accident in his father's mill through which he lost his left hand.

He died of heart disease while at work seated at his office desk on April 22, 1908, and was buried in the cemetery at Bergstrasse, near Ephrata. He was unmarried. A number of brothers and sisters survive him. B. Frank Kready (1895) and William Henry Kready (1898) are nephews


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  • Created by: David Gelatt
  • Added: 11 Oct 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 78196361
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Hancock Fry (21 Jan 1850–22 Apr 1908), Find A Grave Memorial no. 78196361, citing Bergstrasse Cemetery, Ephrata, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by David Gelatt (contributor 47522291) .