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Edwin Augustus Fry, 1851-1936


RG3281.AM:  Edwin Augustus Fry, 1851-1936

Papers:  1878-1938
Niobrara, Knox County, Neb.; South Dakota; Colorado:  Newspaper editor
Size:  3 boxes; 1.5 cu.ft.

BACKGROUND NOTE

Edwin Augustus Fry was born in Norwalk, Connecticut, April 12, 1851, the son of John and Josephine (Preston) Fry. Edwin attended the common schools of Norwalk and in 1866, at the age of fifteen, began a two-year apprenticeship in the jewelers trade. After purchasing a small printing outfit, a "fad" among young men in 1867, he embarked on his initial journalistic project, publishing an amateur newspaper called the "Yankee Pedler" which had over 1,000 subscribers. His real apprenticeship in the printing trade began in the office of the Norwalk Gazette. In 1869 he attended a convention of boy editors and printers at the home of Charles Scribner, from which the Society of "Fossils, Amateur Journalists of the Past" developed.

Fry went to Brooklyn, New York, in 1871 and for several months was employed on a weekly newspaper, The Herald, at Williamsburg, New York. He also worked briefly for the firm of D. Appleton and Company publishers, until the spring of 1873 when he traveled to Yankton, South Dakota, where he worked on the Herald. Soon after he became local editor and printer on the Times at Springfield, until Fall of 1874 when he founded the Niobrara Pioneer at Niobrara, Knox County, Nebraska. He owned and operated the Pioneer until 1905, when he stopped publication, returned to South Dakota and founded the Lake Andes Wave. In the years following 1907, Fry took over newspapers in various towns in South Dakota and Colorado, rehabilitating them physically and financially. At the time of his death he was the publisher of the Herrick News in Herrick, South Dakota.

In addition to his journalistic activities, Fry was postmaster at Niobrara in 1874 and again in 1881. The following year, he became an Indian trader at the Pine Ridge Agency, holding this office until 1885. He also served as a member of the Joint Commission to determine the boundary line for an Island in the Missouri River in 1895. Among his other interests and activities were politics, the building of the first bridge across the Niobrara River in 1884, promotion of plans for bridging the Missouri River at Niobrara, and helping to assure the construction of the Northwestern Railroad into Niobrara.

Edwin A. Fry died in Herrick, South Dakota on October 20, 1936, at the age of 85 years.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE

This collection consists of manuscript materials arranged in five series: 1) Correspondence, 1878-1936; 2) Manuscripts; 3) Scrapbooks, 1906-1935; 4) Miscellany; and 5) Clippings.

The bulk of this collection dates from 1911 to 1933 and consists of correspondence relating to Edwin Fry's activities as a newspaper editor in Niobrara, Nebraska; Herrick, Yankton, and Ft. Pierre, South Dakota; and Julesburg and Sedgwick, Colorado. The collection includes information on Fry's associations with the South Dakota Direct Legislation Organization, the South Dakota Progressive Republican Primary Organization, the Kansas, Nebraska, Dakota Highway Association, and the Missouri River Navigation Association. Of special interest is the correspondence regarding the Council of Defense and their accusations against Fry during the first World War when he was living in Julesburg, Colorado. Fry was also very active in South Dakota political campaigns at the state and national level. Correspondents include Valentine T. McGillicuddy, 1894; Lorenzo Crounse, 1894; Edgar Howard, 1923-1933; Robert M. LaFollette, 1914-1918; Richard O. Richards, 1911-1920; Victor Rosewater, 1901-1906; and Addison E. Sheldon, 1924-1925.

Note:  See the photo component [RG3281.PH] for related images. The NSHS Library contains issues of the Niobrara Pioneer on microfilm. See the Nebraska History index for articles relating to Edwin A. Fry.

DESCRIPTION

Series 1 - Correspondence, 1878-1936

Box 1
Folder
  1. 1878
  2. 1880
  3. 1884
  4. 1885
  5. 1886
  6. 1887
  7. 1889
  8. 1890
  9. 1891
  10. 1892
  11. 1893
  12. 1894
  13. 1895
  14. 1901
  15. 1902-1903
  16. 1904
  17. 1906
  18. 1907
  19. 1908
  20. 1909
  21. 1910
  22. 1911
  23. 1911 - R.O. Richards
  24. 1912
  25. 1913
  26. 1913 - Lee Baker
  27. 1913 - R.O. Richards
  28. 1913 - Roy Willy
  29. 1914
  30. 1915
  31. 1914-1915 - R.O. Richards
  32. 1916
  33. 1916 - R.O. Richards
  34. 1916 - John C. Wagner
  35. 1917
  36. 1917 - James R. Noland
  37. 1917 - Courtland Smith
  38. 1917 - John Wagner
  39. 1918
  40. 1918 - Council of Defense Colorado
  41. 1918 - Samuel Lewis
  42. 1918 - James R. Noland
  43. 1918 - John Wagner
  44. 1919
  45. 1919 - F.C. Marshall
  46. 1919 - J.R. Noland
Box 2
Folder
  1. 1920 - R.O. Richards
  2. 1920
  3. 1921
  4. 1922
  5. 1923
  6. 1923 - Edgar Howard
  7. 1923 - A.E. Sheldon
  8. 1924
  9. 1924 - Edgar Howard
  10. 1925
  11. 1925 - Edgar Howard
  12. 1926
  13. 1926 - Edgar Howard
  14. 1926 - R.B. Howell
  15. 1927
  16. 1927 - Edgar Howard
  17. 1928
  18. 1929
  19. 1930
  20. 1931
  21. 1931 - Fossils
  22. 1931 - Edgar Howard
  23. 1932
  24. 1933
  25. 1934
  26. 1934 - Marie Weekes
  27. 1935
  28. 1936
  29. Undated Howard, Howell, Farnell, Wagner, Grace
  30. Undated

Series 2 - Manuscripts

Box 3
Folder
  1. Manuscripts

Series 3 - Scrapbooks, 1906-1935

  1. 1906-1977
  2. 1907-1935

Series 4 - Miscellany

  1. Biographical data
  2. Libel case
  3. Council of Defense, Liberty Bonds
  4. Council of Defense - Clippings
  5. Miscellany
  6. Certificates, Yankton map, etc. (See OB006)

Series 5 - Clippings

  1. Clippings
  2. Clippings - Bridges

 

ADDED ENTRIES:

Colorado. State Council of Defense
Fry, Edwin Augustus, 1851-1936
Howard, Edgar, 1858-1951
Journalists -- Colorado
Journalists -- Nebraska
Journalists -- South Dakota
Richards, Richard Olsen, 1866-

 

JEP/ht   12-01-1972
Revised KFK   10-29-1996
Encoded TMM   04-06-2010

 

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