Horace Freeman, better known as "Dad" Freeman, died yesterday afternoon at St. Alphonsus hospital after a brief illness. The funeral arrangements have not yet been made. Mr. Freeman was 78 years of age. A good many years ago he made Boise his home, but for a number of years had lived in the Wood river country. His only known relative is a step-daughter, Mrs. Mary Straight of this city.
Mr. Freeman was one of the pioneers. He came west as a trail blazer and was always restless until he could get into the newer country. He was a man of marvelous constitution and until a year ago hardly knew what it was to have a sick day.
He decided to leave Wood river for the winter, but instead of taking the cars, to which he bore considerable antipathy, he drove a team over, being rained on nearly every foot of the way to Boise. He contracted a cold on the trip that forced him to take to his bed, and he never got up. When asked why he had driven over he said he had a team that did not match and he wanted to match them here before returning to Wood river.
The deceased was a Mason and that order will have charge of the funeral arrangements.
Stepfather of Mary Francis Alexander Straight.
Enumerated in the 1870 census with Isaac, Sarah B and Flora B Barquay, as well as Maria L Freeman and Stephen J Durbin.