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Syracuse in Davis County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Our Desert Island Home

 
 
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By Connor Olson, April 16, 2021
1. Our Desert Island Home Marker
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In 1891 George Frary built a house on this 160 acre homestead. Six years later his wife Alice died and lies at rest in this burial site.
Frary Family
Father-George Isaac Frary B. Nov. 18, 1854 in Madison, Wisconsin
Mother-Alice Eliza Phillips B. July 21, 1859 in New York Died Sept. 3, 1897
Children—Guy Prentis B. 1881 Grace May B. 1883 Grace May B. 1883 Lotti Ada B. 1886
Edgar Philips B. 1888 Dora Ide B. 1892 Frank Marvin B. 1894 Florence Hope B. 1897

George was stocky and extremely strong. Alice was frail, 5'2", with blue eyes, and very dark hair. Because of Alice's ill health and George's interest in sailing, this Desert Isle was chosen. The children were happy with many things to do, hiking the peaks, swimming in the lake and picking wild flowers. Their mother taught them well and precious times came when she played the organ and the family sang their favorite songs.

Every year a garden was planted and irrigated by a fresh spring. The barn and chicken coop were built in the gully. The house was rustic, gabled and built upon natural
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stone with one room. Soon a kitchen and bedroom were attached to the back. Every morning a flag waved in the breeze.

Alice's health deteriorated. George went to the mainland for medicine. Upon returning about midnight, a storm capsized his boat and dawn found him half drowned, lying on the beach. The next day Alice died. She previously requested burial on the Island. This hallowed place was chosen at the edge of their orchard near the grain field. A small pink stone marks the grave. In autumn a shadow from Frary's Peak touches this lonely spot and when a gentle breeze whispers through the sunflowers, you can almost hear the organ playing, while the family softly sings, “This is Our Desert Island Home so Dear”.
 
Erected 1990 by Syracuse Historical Society.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesNotable PlacesSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1891.
 
Location. 40° 57.9′ N, 112° 11.385′ W. Marker is in Syracuse, Utah, in Davis County. Marker can be reached from Antelope Island Road, on the right when traveling south. Located on the Frary Gravesite Interpretive Trail, Antelope Island State Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Syracuse UT 84075, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow
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By Connor Olson, April 16, 2021
3. Alice Frary Gravesite
flies. “Our Home So Dear” (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to the Frary Homestead (within shouting distance of this marker); Island Adventures (within shouting distance of this marker); Tractors (approx. 2.9 miles away); Rippers (approx. 2.9 miles away); Trucks (approx. 2.9 miles away); Transportation (approx. 2.9 miles away); The Fielding Garr Ranch (approx. 2.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Syracuse.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 30, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 29, 2021, by Connor Olson of Lemmon, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 36 times since then. Last updated on April 30, 2021, by Connor Olson of Lemmon, South Dakota. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 29, 2021, by Connor Olson of Lemmon, South Dakota. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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