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    J. L. Freeman is the member of the board of supervisors of Madera County for the district that includes the county seat. He has been a resident of the county for forty-three years.
    James L. Freeman was born at Van Alstine, Texas, November 17, 1868, the son of S. A. and Nancy (Enloe) Freeman. He came to California is 1887, and for three years was a resident of Los Angeles. In 1889, he removed to San Francisco and in 1890 made his home at Madera, where he has been ever since.
    Mr. Freeman for many years was a grain rancher in the vicinity of Sharon, a district traversed l by the Santa Fe railroad. He is now retired from active business and ranching.
    In the struggle over the organization of Madera County in 1893, Mr. Freeman took an active part in favor of the new county. When he came to the City of Madera there were but a few houses west of the Southern Pacific reservation. The first work he did in Madera was on the construction reservation. The first work he did in Madera was on the construction of west Yosemite Avenue, on which the courthouse was later built, and on which street he now resides.
    Mr. Freeman has served as city trustee of Madera on a number of occasions. He was elected supervisor at the primary election in August, 1932.
    Mr. Freeman was married to Mary J. Montgomery, of New York. Their children are: Enid (Mrs. A. Tanner of Berkeley); Glen M. Freeman, cashier of the First National Bank; Katherine (Mrs. Philip Boulton of Fresno); James L. Jr., law student at the University of California.

From the History of Fresno and Madera Counties, 1933, Joseph Barcroft, editor for Madera County

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