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Theodore H. Freese (Printers, Lo. 15)

Theodore H. Freese is a printer, a union man, and a jolly good fellow. He has been and still is active in Union circles, a past president of Typographical Union, Local 15, and a former holder of numerous other positions with Organized Labor.

Local 15 appreciates Freese for many reasons. He is amiable and well liked by all his associates. His unselfish disposition has won him many friends and his earnest determination to make himself heard in Labor ranks while still a youthful immigrant indicates that there is a strong will power somewhere behind the small frame of Theodore Freese.

Freese is a native of Germany but has made this his adopted country. Years ago his two brothers and four sisters came to Rochester from Germany and it wasn’t long before Mrs. Freese journeyed to America to visit her children. Young Theodore and his father remained behind in Germany but when Mrs. Freese arrived in this city she had no desire to return and immediately sent a call for the head of the family to bring their remaining child to America and make this city their future home.

Freese, Sr., was a good soldier and he obeyed orders. He sold his business in Germany and with Theodore came to Rochester. Young Freese was only 13 then. He attended School No. 18 here and graduated. Printing called him in his early youth and upon graduation he went to work for the Rochester Abendpost, a German newspaper. It was with the Drexler Printing Shop, however, that he really learned the trade. He remained there eight years after which he decided that New York City should have a chance to see what he could do. New York saw him for four years, after which he returned to Rochester.

Returning to Rochester in 1920 he went to work for the Rochester Herald. After three years in that plant he transferred to the Times Union and is still there. Much of that type you read in that newspaper today might have been set by Freese and the proof readers of that chapel will tell you that his is the cleanest copy of all.

Freese’s first position as an official of his Union came in 1922 when he was elected to the executive committee. He was also elected recording secretary. Then Local 15 honored him by choosing him as their president for two years. Contracts with the publishers were in force during Freese’s terms as president but under his administration he obtained a $2 increase on job work.

When he was working at the Herald Freese was chairman of that chapel. His transfer to the Times-Union brought him the same position at that plant and he held it until elected president of Local 15. He has been a delegate to the international convention, going to Atlanta, Ga., in 1923 as a representative of the printers of this city. He was also a delegate to the Empire Typographical Conference and for a number of years was a delegate to the Central Trades and Labor Council.

From that it can be seen that Freese has been quite active in Local 15. He seems to know what is good for the membership as a whole and has that uncanny way of telling in advance just what to expect and what not to expect from the common enemy. His supporters both in and out of the Union are legion. He knows what Unionism means; it is a religion with him.

Freese is married and lives at 47 Melville street. He has three children, all boys, the youngest being 5 and the oldest 11. More will be heard of him through Local 15. That organization knows when it has a good man in its membership and is certain to call upon him again for the good of the Union. No better compliment can be paid Theodore H. Freese.

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