Freeman House

The proprietors of Freeman House were Judson and Elsie Freeman. Below is the obituary notice for Mrs. Freeman.

Barss Corner Baptist Cemetery

Elsie P.  1882-1940

Mrs. Judson Freeman  1940
The death of Elsie, wife of Judson Freeman, New Germany, occurred at the
D.M. Hospital, Bridgewater, on Wednesday, March 6th, after a week's illness.
  Widely known throughout the county, she had a host of friends who will be
shocked to hear of her sudden passing at the age of 57 years.  Before
marriage the deceased was Miss Elsie Spidell, daughter of the late Mr. and
Mrs. David Spidell, of Scarsdale, and for many years had conducted a
millinery business in New Germany.  Later she and her husband conducted the
hotel known as the "Freeman House."  She was well-known as a lover of
flowers and took great pride in the culture of a wide variety of plants and

Surviving are her husband, proprietor of the "Freeman House,"  two brothers,
Milton of Barss Corner and Manson of Northwest.  A half-sister, Miss Annie
Spidell, died a number of years ago.

Mrs. Freeman was a member of the Baptist Church and the funeral service was
conducted at her late home on Friday afternoon by her pastor, Rev. B.G.
Smith, and was largely attended.  Interment was made in the Baptist Cemetery
at Barss Corner.

The Freeman House  was owned by Elsie Freeman and her husband. Her house burned when the Moore's Hotel burned and the new house the Freemans built was called the Freeman House. Elsie had a hat shop there, too.  It was built above Moore's- I suppose somewhere where Max Feindel's meat shop was in my day. Elsie's husband came from Queens County . She was a Spidle from Barss Corner and is buried there.  He went back to Queens County after she died.  I don't know what happened the house but I don't think it burned.

(Thanks to Rosemary Rafuse)

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