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1873 photo of Arglee Fryer (1869-1964)
Posted by: Paul Peterson (ID *****2235) Date: December 17, 2011 at 12:12:12
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I recently acquired the subject studio portrait of a little girl, identified on the back of the mount:

"Arglee Fryer
Aug 30, 1873"

The photo was found in a lot that included a photo of an unidentified man taken by Peter Britt of Jacksonville, OR.

This individual appears in a Public Member Tree posted on (under the surname misspelled Fryar). She is listed in the 1870 Census data for Jacksonville, Jackson Co., OR; the 1880 Census data for Little Butte Precinct, Jackson Co., OR; and the 1930 Census data for Los Angeles (resided on South Spring Street), Los Angeles Co., CA. She is included in the "California Death Index, 1940-1997."

Arglee Fryer, born 15 Mar 1869 in OR, died 27 Dec 1964 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co., CA, was the daughter of a farmer, James J. Fryer, born 19 Oct 1828 in Norwich, England, died 25 Oct 1912 in Eagle Point, OR; and Luvicia (also sometimes spelled/misspelled Luvisa or Lavasa) J. Lewis, born 8 Jul 1852 in MO, died 11 Apr 1914. Arglee's parents are buried at the Central Point Cemetery (IOOF Cemetery). According to "History of Southern Oregon, Comprising Jackson, Josephine, Douglas, Curry and Coos Counties, Compiled from the Most Authentic Sources," published by A. G. Walling (1884), James J. Fryer was a farmer and stock grower residing in Eagle Point, born 19 Oct 1828 in Norwich, England; came to Jackson Co., OR in 1852; was married 5 Mar 1868 to Vira J. Lewis; children are Arglee, Gladius, and Lelah. According to "Oregon 1859: A Snapshot in Time," by Janice Marschner (Timber Press, 2008), James J. Fryer is considered the "Father of Eagle Point," being one of the first to acquire property on Little Butte Creek, tending orchards and operating a store.

Arglee married J. R. Green (Jackson Co., OR Marriage Book #3 for 1884-88). I can't find her listed in the 1990, 1910, or 1920 census data. A 1903 passenger list gives her address as 3683 Garfield Avenue, Eagle Point, OR. The Medford Mail Tribune newspaper for 31 Jul 1916 contains an article mentioning her visit home to Eagle Point from the Los Angles area, and describing her skill as a milliner. By the time of the 1930 enumeration, she was a widower managing a home for girls. According to one online account, Arglee "Mother" Green operated a mission in downtown Los Angles, helping needy women and runaway girls. She purchased the "Pisgah Home" in Highland Park, about 1927. She and her sister, Lelah Jones, renamed it "Echo Home," and started immediate renovation. When the "Mountain Home" property in the Mohave Desert was donated to Christ Faith Mission, Mother Green went there to build another branch of her downtown ministry. People came from all over the country to receive the career-taking ministries of "Mother Green"

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