|J.S. Frary, farmer, Sec. 3, P.O. Oregon; was born in Haverhill, Grafton Co., N.H. Oct. 26, 1821; when he was 15, his parents settled in Vermont; he returned a few years later to his native State and thence to Boston; ill health caused his visit and final settlement West; leaving Boston June 18, 1844, he visited his parents in Vermont, left the 1st of September and arrived at Milwaukee the spring of 1845; he began in a log house on a wild farm on Sec. 24, $100 in debt; money loaned by his father was repaid with that earned by splitting rails; in 1853, he sold out, settling on his present farm of 160 acres; lived until 1856 in a log house, then built a substantial one-and-a-half story frame 26×26, wing 16×24; has 120 acres under plow and well fenced, with the needed barns, etc.He married, in 1843, Miss. R.B. Martin, who lost a daughter, Alice, aged 20, prior to her death, in 1868; she left three children-Luella, Orelia and Louis, all born in Oregon; in 1869, Mr. Frary married Mrs. Hannah (Bartlett) Chase. Mr. F. is a Republican and a Freemason; has been Supervisor and Town Treasurer several terms, and, as Assemblyman from his district in 1865, had the honor of voting for the amendment to the National Constitution, which forever prohibited slavery.
A fact much commented upon in regard to the settlement of Oregon is that for a number of years there resided in the town at least thirteen men who were born in 1821; of these he can recall the names of S.J. Pratt, J.D. Tipple, O.M. Palmer, J.B. Prentice, I.M. Bennett, William Dubois, W. Colman, J. Coville and John Ellsworth. He is a Republican and has been Town Treasurer three years; at the earnest request of his many friends in Oregon, he was made Postmaster in 1869, and has since held the office.
Reference: Western Historical Co. (1880). History of Dane County, Wisconsin, p. 1240.