Michael Freeman. Among the old residents and highly respected citizens of Joliet, Michael Freeman is one of
the best known. He was born at Vilna, Russia, in 1868, a son of Jacob and Rebecca (Ruzeitski) Freeman.
Jacob Freeman and his wife came to the United States in 1892 and settled in Chicago, where for many years he was
engaged in the grocery business. In 1899 he removed to Joliet where he lived retired until his death. Both he and
his wife are buried in Chicago, Ill. To Jacob and Rebecca (Ruzeitski) Freeman five children were born: Harry, deceased,
buried at Joliet; Michael, the subject of this sketch; Louis died in 1927, buried in Chicago; Samuel, lives at
Los Angeles, Calif.; and William, deceased, buried in Chicago.
Michael Freeman attended the public schools of Russia. He came to the United States in 1890 and settled in Chicago,
where he worked at his trade that of a carpenter. He came to Joliet in 1899 and established the Illinois Iron and
Metal Yards on Northeastern Avenue, and in 1917 removed to Third Avenue and established a yard. He retired on June
6, 1927. He is a member of the Jewish Hebrew Federation.
Michael Freeman married Miss Florence B. Schiff, a daughter of Isaac Schiff. Mr. Schiff was born in Germany and
was a merchant. He came to the United States and lived retired until his death. He is buried in Chicago. To Mr.
and Mrs. Freeman five children were born: Lillian, married Louis Roth, lives in Joliet; Ernest, born Nov. 2, 1901;
Sarah, married H. Borkson, Joliet; and Jacob and Samuel, twins, live in Joliet. The mother, Florence B. (Schiff)
Freeman died in 1915 and is buried in Waldheim Cemetery, Chicago, Ill.
Ernest Freeman attended the public schools of Joliet and for three years was a student at Joliet Township High
School. When his school days were ended he found a place ready for him in his father's business which was founded
in 1899. He has never been in any other business. Since June 6, 1927 he has been owner and manager.
The Freeman home is at 115 Third Avenue, Joliet.
History of Will County, Illinois
By: August Maue
Historical Publishing Company
Will County, Il
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