Biography of Edward Frank Freeman
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Edward Frank Freeman, the youngest of the Freeman Brothers, who constitute the S. Freeman & Sons Manufacturing Company, has spent his entire life in Racine, where his birth occurred on the 25th of June, 1877. Entering the public schools, he passed through consecutive grades to the high school, from which in due time he was graduated. The interest of the family had centered in the manufacturing establishment founded by his father and it was a natural and logical step that he should make his initial business effort in that connection. In 1897 he entered the factory and under the guidance of his seniors in the business acquainted himself with the details of the trade and for the past seven years has had charge of the purchasing department, a position of large responsibility upon which rests in great measure the economical control of the business.
On the 19th of December, 1899, Mr. Freeman was married to Miss Mattie Pritchard, of Racine, a daughter of E. Pritchard, but after a short married life of less than five years she passed away in 1904. Seven years later, or on the 11th of June, 1911, Mr. Freeman wedded Addie Modjeska, of Racine. Like his brothers, he is well known in Masonic circles, being identified with lodge and chapter. He is also connected with the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, but in politics he follows an independent course, considering the capability of the candidate rather than his party affiliations. The Freeman’s have always stood for those things which are progressive in citizenship, supporting many plans and measures for the benefit and upbuilding of Racine, but their ambition has not been in the field of office holding, as they have preferred to give undivided attention to their business affairs. Started in a small way, the undertaking has been developed in accordance with the spirit of the times and they have met a public need in many of their lines of manufacture, their output being accepted as standard, while their business methods have commended them to the continued patronage of the public.