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Kalispell in Flathead County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

Fry House

East Side Historic District

 
 
Fry House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 20, 2020
1. Fry House Marker
Inscription.  Isaac Yenne, a carpenter who lived next door, likely built this cross-gable house for his brother George, a Civil War veteran of the 14th Indiana Regiment. The residence originally featured a full-length front porch. Common to the era are the home's clapboard siding, decorative shinglework in the gable ends, and returned eaves. George Yenne arrived as a Flathead Valley settler in 1886 and moved here from Creston in 1901 after his wife's accusations of abuse made the newspaper's front page. By 1907 widow Sarah Jane Kelley owned the residence, where she lived with seven of her nine children. The three employed older children living with her undoubtedly helped support the family. The home's longest owners were Louis and Caroline Fry, who lived here between 1925 and 1943 and owned the property until 1950. Louis, a traffic manager for Kalispell Mercantile, helped found Kalispell's Peewee baseball league and led four teams to the championship in the league’s first eight years. A painter and private art teacher, Caroline was an early member of the Montana Institute of the Arts and a frequent exhibitor at their festivals.
 
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Fry House and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 20, 2020
2. Fry House and Marker
Montana Historical Society.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureEducationIndustry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program series list.
 
Location. 48° 11.43′ N, 114° 18.353′ W. Marker is in Kalispell, Montana, in Flathead County. Marker is on 3rd Avenue East near 9th Street East, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 911 3rd Avenue East, Kalispell MT 59901, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Henry Good Residence (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); King House (about 300 feet away); Alward House (about 400 feet away); Sawyer House (about 400 feet away); Kolle/Sherman House (about 400 feet away); Ragsdale House (about 400 feet away); Cornelius Hedges School (about 500 feet away); Stuart House (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kalispell.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 24, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 51 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 24, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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