“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)

“Our Home So Dear”

“Our Home So Dear” Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Connor Olson, April 16, 2021
1. “Our Home So Dear” Marker
Drawing of what the Frary home may have looked like.

Guy Frary's drawings of stories the children told. What do you think is happening in these stories?
Inscription.  A close look around this area will reveal what remains of the foundation of the Frary's little home. This modest home was the center of life for the family. Because of their remote island location, this is where the children received their education and enjoyed homespun entertainment. It is where the family gathered in times of joy and sorrow.

Before moving west, Alice Frary had been a school teacher in Wisconsin. She taught her children at home from her old textbooks. To stay informed of current events, they read periodicals, magazines and other materials given to by friends and family. The children would spend winters studying, quizzing another, reading and drawing. They made up and told stories which the children would illustrate.

One of the family's prized possessions was Alice's little pipe organ. During the quiet evening hours, music would fill the house as the Frarys gathered to sing hymns and harmonize together.

When the family left in 1902, many possessions were left behind including the pipe organ. Time and weather took their toll, leaving only scattered remnants of this once beloved home.

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"Uncle Will [Bentley] and father built the house. It was a long rectangular facing east. In time, father built a partition across it about two-thirds in length. Then, he built a slanting addition across it - the west side where we had our kitchen in half and Guy slept in the partitioned other end... The north end was our bedroom
-Grace May Frary

Erected by Utah State Parks.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EducationSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1902.
Location. 40° 57.88′ N, 112° 11.375′ W. Marker is near Syracuse, Utah, in Davis County. Marker can be reached from 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 (within shouting distance of this marker); Our Desert Island Home (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to the Frary Homestead (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

Site of Frary Homestead image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Connor Olson, April 16, 2021
2. Site of Frary Homestead
(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 13, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 5, 2021, by Connor Olson of Kewaskum, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 175 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 5, 2021, by Connor Olson of Kewaskum, Wisconsin. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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Apr. 18, 2024