Stephen W. Freeman, who has been a resident of Sacramento county since the early days, is a prosperous and enterprising farmer and grain grower, his estate being situated two miles east of Franklin. His ranch contains four hundred and eighty acres, located in one of the most fertile parts of the state. Mr. Freeman has built up his prosperity by his industry and ability, and has long held rank among the substantial and progressive men of his locality.

Mr. Freeman was born in Van Buren county, Iowa; May 20, 1849, the year of the great exodus to California. He is a son of Hon. Isaac F. and Ann Eliza (Edmondson) Freeman, the father being in his day one of the leading old-timer citizens of Sacramento county. The mother, who is now past the age of seventy, lives at Sacramento. Hon. Isaac F. Freeman was a native of Ohio, while his wife was born in Kentucky. He came across the plains from Iowa in 1852, and, locating in Sacramento county, was for a time engaged in the dairy industry on the Sacramento river near the city of that name. He carried on the same industry in Eldorado county for a time, and then returned to Iowa. In 1859 he brought his entire family, Stephen then being ten years old, over the plains, and settled on a ranch a short distance north of where Stephen Freeman now lives. At this place the father died December 7, 1892, in his seventy-ninth year. Hon. isaac Freeman was a notable man in his community, possessing large influence and using it for the welfare of his fellow men. A stanch Democrat in his political affiliations, he served two terms in the state assembly as a representative from Sacramento county. He was also well known in Masonic circles, belonging to the order at Elk Grove. Of his children, six survive: Alexander C., of Inyo county; John L., in San Luis Obispo county; Harriett A., wife of Reuben Cave, in Sacramento; Stephen W.; Clarkson P., in Oakland; and Isaac L., of Sacramento.

Since the age of ten years Mr. Freeman has spent his life in California, being reared to manhood and receiving most of his public school education in Sacramento county. He has devoted himself successfully to agriculture, especially grain raising, since he reached maturity. He is affiliated with the Woodmen order at Franklin, and like his father is a Democrat in politics. He was married, September 24, 1881, to Miss Mary E. Bilby, who was born in Sacramento county, July20, 1860. Her parents, John and Jane (Anderson) Bilby, were early settlers of Sacramento county, and are now both deceased. Two children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Freeman, Hattie P. and Howard W.

Source: History of the New California - Its Resources and People, Volume II

The Lewis Publishing Company - 1905
Edited by Leigh H. Irvine

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