Stephen H. Freeman needs no introduction to the readers of this volume, for the name of Freeman is too well known in Racine to require special comment. Born September 15, 1870, in the city in which he still resides, he obtained a public school education, attending high school for two years, and at the age of eighteen began work in his father’s boiler-making and implement manufacturing establishment. He made it his purpose to thoroughly acquaint himself with the various phases of the business and with his increasing knowledge and ability has advanced steadily step by step. His duties have been largely in the clerical and office end of the work and in 1904 he was elected secretary of the company, which is his present connection. He is in constant consultation with his brothers concerning the management and direction of the enterprise, which has been a constantly growing concern and is today one of the mammoth productive industries of Racine. its output in boilers and farm implements and machinery being sent to all parts of the world.
Stephen H. Freeman was married in 1896 to Miss Ora Gallaway, of Racine, who died in 1906, and he has since wedded Ida Roebuck, of this city. By the second marriage there are two children: Stephen Edward, in his seventh year, and Aileen Helen, now in her fourth year.
In his political views Mr. Freeman is a democrat, well versed on the questions and issues of the day, but not active as an office seeker. He belongs to the Masonic fraternity, to the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks and the Foresters, and both he and his wife are members of the St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. They occupy a most enviable position in the social circles of the city and their own home is characterized by a warm-hearted hospitality that is greatly enjoyed by their many friends.