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    FRANK E. FREEMAN, nurseryman and farmer, residing on the valuable property of the Geo. Freeman heirs, consisting of 115 acres, which is situated in Section 25, on the National Turnpike Road, near Phoneton, Ohio, was born in Bethel Township, Miami County, Ohio, June 28, 1862, and is a son of George Freeman and a grandson of Robert M. Freeman.

    Robert M. Freeman came to Ohio from Pennsylvania, settling in Bethel Township, where he was a farmer all his life. He married Hannah Puterbaugh, a daughter, of David and Mary Puterbaugh, and they reared ten children: David, Isaac, George, Tolin, Daniel, Hannah, Elizabeth, Minnie, Henrietta and Priscilla.

    George Freeman succeeded his father as a farmer and nurseryman in Bethel Township. He married Araminta D. Swindle, a daughter of John and Rebecca Swindle, and they have had the following children: Laura, who married R. W. Mitchell, who is principal of a High School in North Carolina; Frank E.; Harry W., deceased, who was formerly in the nursery business at Tadmor, Ohio, and married a daughter of John Benham; and Arthur H., who is connected with a lime and cement company at Chicago, Illinois, and who married Laura Emerson.

    Frank E. Freeman first attended school in Bethel Township, later enjoyed four terms in the Normal School at Ada, Ohio, and still later took a commercial course in a business college in the State of New York. He then returned to the home farm, where he has continued in business ever since. He has cleared about four acres of land and devotes the larger part of the acreage to nursery plants, also raising some grain and hay. He is much interested in raising thoroughbred stock and the four colts that he raises annually might easily be registered for the race track, so excellent are their qualities. He has erected all the stock stables on the place and these are of modern construction, due regard having been paid to their sanitary conveniences, this being along modern lines of building. Mr. Freeman has additional business interests, being a stockholder of the Dye Fruit Company, which has its home office at Tippecanoe City, and a member of the board of directors.

    On March 10, 1887, Mr. Freeman was married to Miss Margaret G. Belleman, a daughter of Henry and Eliza Belleman, and they have six children, -namely Charles H., who is a lieutenant in the Philippine Constabulary and at present is stationed at Manila, Philippine Islands; and Roy W., Ralph Egbert, Lillian May, George Henry and Ruth Mahala. Mr. Freeman is a member of the Reformed Church, in which he is a deacon. In politics he is a Republican and formerly served as a member of the Miami County Agricultural Society. Formerly he was also identified with the local Grange. He is a Knight Templar Mason, a member of the Commandery at Troy, where he also belongs to the Elks.

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