James C. Freeman Photographic collection,   1893, 1918, and undated
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James C. Freeman is listed in the 1925 Mount Pleasant, Michigan, directory as a jeweler and optometrist living with his wife, Mary A. Freeman. The Clarke Historical Library has a Transcript of Original Field Notes for the surveying of Sherman Township (Isabella County, Michigan) by G. H. Henslow, which Freeman transcribed in 1896. Freeman also enjoyed photography as a hobby. The Freemans had at least four children: a young daughter who died in 1888; Mrs. A. R. O’Brien of Breckenridge, Texas; Alvin of Muskegon; and Mary C. James, who died in 1926 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, after a long illness. His body was returned to Mount Pleasant for burial. James was survived by his wife and three children. Later, Mary C. Freeman married Clyde V. Showalter (died April 15, 1962), with whom she had two sons, Dr. Lawrence E. Showalter (died before 1962), and Leo K. Showalter of Vancouver, Washington. Both Clyde and Mary were active members of the Isabella County Republican Party. Clyde was also an Isabella County official. (This information was gathered from a variety of sources. Copies of this information are in the Biographical Materials folder in Box 1 of this collection.)

The only biographical information that came with the collection is written on the back of the portraits of Ann and Noah Carmer, Mrs. Showalter’s great-aunt and great-uncle who she noted “adopted my father when he was 14 months old.”