CHARLES A. FREELAND.
This leading representative of the business interests of Montpelier, is senior member of the firm of Freeland &
Zimmerman, proprietors of the Montpelier City Mill. Of excellent business ability, he has attained a prominent
place among the enterprising and substantial citizens of this part of Williams county, and is a recognized leader
in public affairs. He has won success by his well directed, energetic efforts, and the prosperity that has come
to him is certainly well deserved.
Mr. Freeland was born March 7, 1861, in Jonesville, Hillsdale county, Michigan, where he continued to live until
fifteen years of age, working in a woolen mill at that place during the last two years. He then went to Hillsdale,
Michigan, where, with the exception of two years, he made his home until 1890, and in that place, at the age of
sixteen, began learning the milling business, which he has made his life work. For two years he operated a gristmill
at North Adrian, Michigan, and was in the employ of F. W. Stock, a miller of Hillsdale, for six years before coming
to Montpelier. Ohio, in January, 1890. In company with J. R. Zimmerman he leased the City Mill until 1894, and
in February of that year he and his partner purchased the plant, successfully carrying on a general custom and
flouring business since taking possession. The product of their mill is of a superior grade, and from the public
they receive a liberal patronage. The firm is also conducting the ice business of the city, having sole contract
in that line.
In Hillsdale, Michigan, in 1884, Mr. Freeland wedded Miss Mary Blood, who died at that place in 1887, leaving two
children, namely: Mabel and Cassius. Mr Freeland was again married in 1888, his second union being with Miss Cornelia
Blood (sister of his first wife), by whom he has three children: Charles A., Jr., Donald and Russell A.
Being a public spirited, enterprising citizen, Mr. Freeland has ever taken quite an active and prominent part in
public affairs, and is now serving his third term as a member of the city council. He is deeply interested in everything
pertaining to the public welfare of the town, and withholds his support from no enterprise calculated to prove
of public benefit. Socially he affiliates with the Knights of Pythias.
Commemorative Biographical Record of Northwestern, Ohio
Including the counties of
Defiance, Henry, Williams and Fulton
Published by: J. H. Beers and Company
Northwestern, Ohio Biographies
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