The grave marker for William H. Freed, who came to Philomath from Grants Pass five years before his death. (Photo by Canda Fuqua/Philomath News)

Published as it appeared on March 7, 1916, in the Corvallis Gazette-Times, Page 1, Column 1.

Wm. H. Freed
Oregon Pioneer
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Wm. H. Freed, an Oregon pioneer, and a well known resident of Philomath, passed away at his home Sunday. The funeral occurred at the family home this afternoon, Dr. D.H. Leech, of the First Methodist church of Corvallis, officiating. Interment was at Mount Union cemetery.

William Freed was born in Pennsylvania almost seventy-nine years ago. He lived in that state till a young man of eighteen, when he went with the family to Illinois. During the gold-fevered days of the early sixties, he came west across the plains, spending several years in California, Oregon and Idaho, mining for the precious metal. He later returned to his home at Mount Carroll, Illinois, and thirty-nine years ago was married to Angeline Hoffman at Elk Point, South Dakota. He was foreman of the railroad car shops at Sioux City, Iowa for a number of years, and came west to Ellensburg, Washington, in 1889, living there but a brief time when he moved with his family to Grants Pass, Oregon. Here he lived for twenty years, following the business of contractor and builder. He retired from active business when he came to Philomath five years ago. He leaves a widow and one daughter, the latter being Mrs. D.H. Stovall, of Philomath.

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