Freeman, William

Oregon City Enterprise, Friday, November 17, 1922
William Freeman of Canemah Dead
William H. Freeman, prominent resident of Canemah and member of Meade Post, G. A. R., No. 2, of this city, died Friday morning at the home of his son, Fred Freeman, of Canemah. He had been in failing health for some time, but had been confined to the family home but a short time before his death occurred.

Deceased was born in Indiana September 22, 1841. At the outbreak of the Civil war he was among the first to enter the service. He was a member of company H (D), 91st Illinois regiment. At the close of the war he returned to Illinois, where he married Louise Gray. A number of years later the family moved west, and for some time resided at Stayton, Ore. Twenty eight years ago the family moved to Oregon City, taking up their residence at Canemah, where Freeman has since resided.

After arriving in Oregon City Freeman was employed as a machinist and an engineer in the General Electric company, and also at the woolen mills. In 1905 he was employed as engineer of the waterworks at the Lewis and Clark exposition in Portland.

Deceased is survived by the following children: Harry Freeman, of Oregon City; Mrs. Laura Armstrong, of St. Johns; Mrs. Clarence Farr, of Oregon City; Fred Freeman, of Canemah. He also leaves 15 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Mrs. Freeman, his wife, died on April 15, 1918.

The funeral service of the late William H. Freeman, pioneer engineer and a Civil war veteran was held at the Holman & Pace chapel Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock. The Rev. H. G. Edgar officiated, and Meade Post, No. 2, G. A. R. of which the deceased was an active member for many years, assisted with the impressive service. The choir from the Presbyterian church sang “Rock of Ages” and “Face to Face.”

The service was largely attended; the G. A. R. Women’s Relief Corps, and fire department, of which Mr. Freeman was a member in his early life, were well represented.

The floral tributes were in profusion and were beautiful, the three above organizations being represented with handsome tributes.

Interment was in Mountain View cemetery and the body was laid to rest in the family lot.

The pallbearers were Ralph Freeman, William Freeman, Dick Armstrong, Lee Faust (grandsons of the deceased) and “Cy” Bergman.


MILITARY:

Organization Index to Pension Files of Veterans Who Served Between 1861 and 1900
Freeman, William
F 11th Ill Inf, D, 91st Ill Inf
Died 11/10/1922, Oregon City, Oregon

Name: William Freeman
Side: Union
Regiment State/Origin: Illinois
Regiment: 11th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (3 months, 1861)
Company: F
Rank In: Private
Rank Out: Private
Film Number: M539 roll 30

Name: William Freeman
Side: Union
Regiment State/Origin: Illinois
Regiment: 91st Regiment, Illinois Infantry
Company: D
Rank In: Corporal
Rank Out: Corporal
Film Number: M539 roll 30

Name: William Freeman
Residence: Illinois
Enlistment Date: 24 Apr 1861
Rank at enlistment: Private
State Served: Illinois
Survived the War?: Yes
Service Record: Enlisted in Company F, Illinois 11th Infantry Regiment on 30 Apr 1861. Mustered out on 30 Jul 1861.
Sources: Illinois: Roster of Officers and Enlisted Men
Name: William Freeman
Residence: Illinois
Enlistment Date: 7 Aug 1862
Rank at enlistment: Corporal
State Served: Illinois
Survived the War?: Yes
Service Record: Enlisted in Company D, Illinois 91st Infantry Regiment on 08 Sep 1862. Mustered out on 12 Jul 1865 at Mobile, AL.
Sources: Illinois: Roster of Officers and Enlisted Men

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