“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Syracuse in Davis County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)

Welcome to the Frary Homestead

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By Connor Olson, April 16, 2021
1. Welcome to the Frary Homestead Marker
Inscription.   Among those who homesteaded Antelope Island were George Issac Frary, his wife Alice Eliza Phillips Frary, and five of their seven children Guy, Grace, Lottie, Dora and Frank. This spot is where the family lived, worked and played from 1891 to 1902. As you walk the trail, imagine what would it have been like living here among the bison and cattle, surrounded by Great Salt Lake.

George Frary and Alice Eliza Phillips married in Wisconsin in 1878. They lived in Colorado for about 10 years before settling in Utah in 1891. Lured by Great Salt Lake, George filed a claim to homestead 160 acres on Antelope Island. The family built a little house here that same year. Though it took eight years of hard work, Frary finally obtained title to the land in 1899. Their family grew when Alice gave birth to Frank Marvin in 1894 and Florence Hope in 1897. When Florence was only two months old, Alice passed away. She was buried near the homestead.

The Frarys faced hardship, tragedy and isolation. Despite the trying times, the Frary children remember happiness, songs and stories, learning and exploration. Though island life was an education

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By Connor Olson, April 16, 2021
2. Frary Homestead Site
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unto itself, the Frarys decided to move so that the younger siblings could attend school. They left the island in 1902 with little more than a trunk of possessions. The little house and other structures were reclaimed by the elements over time. Only the bits and pieces you see scattered about remain.

Surface Artifacts As you explore the Frary Homestead site, you will notice many bits of metal, ceramic and other material lying on the the ground. Each scrap is evidence of the Frary's life here on the island. Take care not to trip over or step on any of these items. Please take only photographs home with you, and leave the artifacts in place for other visitors to ponder.
Alice Eliza Phillips Frary
The George Frary family with the Will Walker family and three hired hands are shown here on the porch at Brigham Young's summer home on the island, Christmas 1897
Lottie, Alice, and Grace Frary
George and his daughter Dora

Erected by Utah State Parks.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1891.
Location. 40° 57.902′ N, 112° 11.356′ W. Marker is near Syracuse, Utah, in Davis County. Marker can be reached from

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By Connor Olson, April 16, 2021
3. Surface Artifacts
Antelope Island Road. Located on the Frary Gravesite Interpretative 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 flies. Island Adventures (a few steps from this marker); Our Desert Island Home (within shouting distance of this marker); “Our Home So Dear” (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 May 9, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 30, 2021, by Connor Olson of Lemmon, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 31 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 30, 2021, by Connor Olson of Lemmon, South Dakota. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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Jun. 16, 2021