JAMES L. FREEBLE, one of the best known and most extensive real estate dealers in Westmoreland county, was born February 24, 1877, in Mount Pleasant, the son of Thomas D. and Mary B. (McKean) Freeble. His father, Thomas D. Freeble, was born June 23, 1843, in Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, and married Mary B. McKean, born July 6, 1844, daughter of Thomas H. McKean. Thomas H. Il1cKean's grandfather, the great-greatgrandfather of James L. Freeble, emigrated to this country from Ireland in a very early day, and was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. The children born to Mr. and _Mrs. Thomas D. Freeble were: Thomas M., married Iona Johnson; A. G., married Carrie Myers, daughter of John Myers; James L.; Emma M. married John W. Dodds, son of J. W. Dodds, of Youngstown, Pennsylvania; Iva M., and Benjamin F., who married Elizabeth Moffat, of Latrobe, Pennsylvania.
James L. Freeble, third son of Thomas D. and Mary B. (McKean) Freeble, received his early intellectual training in the common schools of his native place, and later attended Normal school for three years. Leaving school at the age of twenty he decided to enter into a business career, and in 1898 engaged in the real estate business in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, where he has done and still continues to do a very extensive business. He entered into his business life with no capital but poverty and energy, and the latter with his perseverance and good business methods have raised him to a high degree of success in his chosen line of work. He now ranks among the highest tax pavers and property owners in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, and it is a known fact that he does the most extensive real estate business in Westmoreland county. In 1903 he erected a three-story flat house known as the Freeble building, which is situated on Ligonier street, between Spring and Weldon streets, and Mr. Freeble conducts his business in a suite of offices in this building on the first floor, front. Mr. Freeble is not married.
Source: Page(s) 253, History of Westmoreland County, Volume II, Pennsylvania by John N Boucher. New York, The Lewis Publishing Company, 1906.
Transcribed August 2008 by Nathan Zipfel for the Westmoreland County History Project
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