The Afton American, Thursday, Nov. 6, 1947, page 1, column 4:

Pioneer Afton Man Had Been Sheriff and a Federal Officer
     Ed Freeman, 72-year-old pioneer Ottawa county citizen, farmer and peace officer, died in the Miami hospital at 9:45 Sunday night, November 2, after an illness of long duration.  He had made his home in Afton for a number of years.
     Funeral services were held at 3:30 Tuesday afternoon, November 4, from the First Christian church, the Rev. Max Pendley, Baptist pastor, officiating.  Burial, in the Mount Hope cemetery here, was directed by Cooper Funeral home of Miami.  Pallbearers were:  C.E. Dawson, J.Y. Victor, J.M. Fuser, George Marsh, Sam Laswell, and Lester Brown.
     Mr. Freeman was born February 6, 1875, near Bolivar, Mo.  On Feb. 20, 1898, he married Miss Emma Hufft, and they were the parents of a son and two daughters, all of whom survive:  Hugh Freeman, Holdenville; Mrs. Alberta Bohannon, Afton, and Mrs. Homer C. Ice, Springfield, Mo.  In addition, there are 14 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, three brothers, R.E. Freeman, Tulsa; Fred Freeman, Long Beach, Calif.; and Jay Freeman, Moro, Ore.; a sister, Mrs. Minnie Yoho, Iola, Kansas.
     Mr. and Mrs. Freeman came to Oklahoma in 1898, and had lived in this vicinity since that time.
     Engaged in farming at first, Mr. Freeman became associated with the late Samuel Grant Victor in 1903, and later served two terms as deputy United States marshal under Mr. Victor.  Entering the political campaign of 1916, Mr. Freeman was successful in his race for sheriff of Ottawa county, and he served in that office during 1917 and 1918.  Afterward he spent 8 years as special officer for the Frisco railway.  From 1930 to 1932 he was an Ottawa county deputy sheriff, during the term of the late George Payton.