Page 452, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Allen and Woodson Counties, Kansas: embellished with portraits of well known people of these counties, with biographies of our representative citizens, cuts of public buildings and a map of each county / Edited and Compiled by L. Wallace Duncan and Chas. F. Scott. Iola Registers, Printers and Binders, Iola, Kan.: 1901; 894 p., [36] leaves of plates: ill., ports.; includes index.




DANIEL FREED—When one is forced to begin a business life empty-handed it is necessary to practice economy in order to gain a start, and to endure many hardships and trials. This demands courage, and only people of resolute spirit are enabled to overcome the difficulties and obstacles in the path to progress and prosperity. Mr. Freed, however, is numbered among the representatives of that class. He was born in Hancock county, Ohio, on the 13th of January, 1850, a son of John and Sarah (Dubbs) Freed, also natives of the Buckeye State. The father was an agriculturalist and died upon the old home farm in Ohio, in 1891, at the age of seventy-five years, while his wife passed away in June, 1900, at the age of seventy-seven years. They were the parents of eleven children, of whom five are now living.

Daniel Freed was the seventh in order of birth and was reared in Ohio, spending the days of his boyhood and youth under the parental roof. He pursued a common school education, assisted in the labors of field and meadow, and in his minority also learned the painter's trade. As a companion and helpmate on life's journey he chose Miss Pleasant A. Huff, also a native of Ohio, their marriage being celebrated June 23, 1870.

In the following year Mr. Freed came to Kansas and preempted a claim of one hundred and sixty acres of land on the county line, it being located in the southwestern corner of the section on which the town of Savonburg now stands. He arrived in Kansas without capital. He had no money with which to carry on the work of improving his place or of supporting his family, but he possessed indefatigable energy and determination. These are solid foundation stones of success, and upon them he has builded his fortune. As he found opportunity he followed the painter's trade. Many of the pioneer settlers of that day, being limited in financial resources, did not have their homes painted, but as the population increased new residences and buildings were erected and his patronage in the line of his trade grew and today it claims all of his attention. He still owns his farm, but the work of cultivating and improving it is carried on by those whom he employs. Many years have passed since he has known through personal experience what poverty meant, for his labors brought him a comfortable competence that enabled him to provide his family with all the necessaries and many of the luxuries of life. He now has a fine residence, a large barn and all the necessary outbuildings upon his place, everything is kept in good condition.

The home of Mr. and Mrs. Freed has been blessed with four children: E. Wilbur, who is now in Oklahoma Territory; Alice D., the wife of C. W. Nyman, who resides near her father; Hattie Blanche and Henry Clinton, who are still under the parental roof. Mr. Freed has ever given his political support to the Republican party, never faltering in his allegiance to its principles. Socially he is connected with the Knights and Ladies of Securities and A. O. U. W. at Savonburg.

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