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Rippey, IA Fry Garage History

Fry Garage was organized in 1917 by Morris Fleming Fry.

Fry Garage

Picture shared by Jean Borgeson.  Doris Brown gave me many pictures relating to Rippey. The pictures were from her mother, Alice Grow, who had collected many pictures over the years. Some were included in the history book.

Fry Auto Company Organized in 1917.  Owners:  Morris Fleming Fry died June 2, 1933 at the age of 73, in Rippey.  George McKinley Fry died January 29, 1979 at the age of 83 in San Jose, CA. Everett “Jiggs” Claude Fry died October 13, 1986 at the age of 80, in Rippey.

From The History of Rippey, Published in 1970 for the Centennial, page 67

“The Fry Auto Company, located on the north side of Main Street between 2nd and 3rd Streets, was organized in 1917 by Mr. M. F. Fry with his son, George, as a partner.  It has held the Chevrolet agency since that time.  After the fire of 1912 in this location, a brick building was constructed and occupied by the Fry Auto Company in the main part, and the Thornton Harness Shop was located in the west portion. 

Jefferson Bee  December 19, 1923

BAD FIRE AT RIPPEY

M. F. FRY CO. GARAGE BURNS 

Building, Stock  and Nine Cars Are Consumed in Blaze on Friday Night.

            The M. F. Fry Auto Company had a bad fire loss last Friday night when their garage building and stock were destroyed by flames. The fire  started about ten o'clock in the oil room of the garage, and when discovered shortly afterwards had made great headway, but the fine work of the Rippey volunteer fire department prevented the flames from reaching other buildings. It is thought the blaze was caused by defective wires. Nine cars were in the garage at the time and all were destroyed, at least four of them having insurance. The stock of tires and accessories is a complete loss, and the building is practically a total loss. The loss is estimated at about $10,000.

Another son, Everett Fry, who is the present owner, began work in the garage in 1925.  Everett bought his brother’s share in the garage in 1931.  Two years later when Mr. Fry died, in 1933, Everett acquired his father’s interests.  He also sells television and radio sets.  General repair and service business require the assistance of several people---at present, one helper is Ray Temple, who has been with the company since 1933 and is shop foreman and mechanic.  Donald Anschutz is general mechanic and has been with the company since 1951.  The building west of the original garage was purchased in 1965, to be used as an additional sales display room.”

Morris Fleming Fry died June 2, 1933 at the age of 73, in Rippey.  

George McKinley Fry died January 29, 1979 at the age of 83 in San Jose, CA.

Everett “Jiggs” Claude Fry died October 13, 1986 at the age of 80, in Rippey.

Raymond Theodore Temple died November 15, 1970 at the age of 69, in Rippey.

Donald Richard Anschutz died September 9, 2005 at the age of 95, in Perry, IA.

All are buried in the Rippey Cemetery.