Over the years, Antelope Island has been the home to
ranchers, miners, farmers, a prisoner, and a few other homesteaders.
The George Isaac
Frary family stayed longer on the Island than any other homesteaders. The family
moved to the desert island about 1891. George only cultivated about 16 of his 160
acres, as he preferred sailing over farming. Alice Frary, George's wife,
was a school teacher and taught her family well.
In September 1897, Alice became very ill. George went to Ogden for medicine, but on
the return trip, his small boat capsized in a strong wind and he lost the medicine.
He held onto his capsized craft and by morning he had made it to the beach. Alice
Frary died that afternoon.
Alice had requested to be buried on the island, so friends traveled to the island for her
service. She was buried a few rods north of the family home. A small pink rock
was placed on her grave as a marker. A fence was later erected around her grave.
In 1990, the Syracuse Historical Commission placed a monument near Alice Frary's gravesite.
Source: The Community
of Syracuse, 1820 to 1995, Our Heritage, Centennial Edition, by the Syracuse
Historical Commission, Syracuse, Utah. Copyright 1994.
Note: Fremont Island is
located near Antelope Island. Because it is not located in Davis County, a
description is not included on this website. However, information on Judge Wenner's
burial site on that island, can be found in the book listed above, p 72, or in The
Great Salt Lake, by David E. Miller, 1987, pp 25-28.