JUNE 30, 1997
Dennis and Ellen Freed promise that there will always by the Freed farm for their offspring to come and enjoy.
Photo by Oscar Roloff.
by Oscar Roloff
I've known Dennis and Ellen Freed of Bothell for nearly three decades. I knew his parents, too. His dad was a minister. I knew the two Freed kids. I projected then that the 2 teenagers would amount to something.
One, Aaron, 26, now in the U.S. Air Force, was promoted to full captain on June 1. By retirement time, Aaron will probably be a full general. He spent a year at Stanford getting his master's degree. Currently, he's single.
Brother Joshua, 23, and his wife Linda, have developed The Party Supply Company at The Farm. Both senior Freeds and son at home met their spouses at Seattle Pacific College. They knew of my cousin Professor Roloff who had taught history there.
Initially, Dennis was affiliated with the Northshore School District. Upon obtaining the eight-acre farm site, Dennis noted a tall unused water tower. Immediately, he converted it into a three-story office and installed computers and such equipment. I had TV's Steve Poole (of KOMO TV-4) come out and do a special on it.
When offered a principal's job in Egypt, Dennis took it. When Russia was at war in the Pakistan-Afghan area, our government sent Dennis there to do classified work. One day while in Pakistan, a man came up and offered to sell Dennis a large Russian tank. No soap. He did come back with smaller items.
While walking over the Freed farm land, Dennis took me out to their lake which had been fed by spring water. Now it's murkey and somewhat green.
"The development above has been tough on my land," Dennis said. "My once spacious lawn is now wet from uphill seepage. My lake is in trouble."
Currently, four male ducks and two geese live in the lake area with its gazebo where we sat and talked. In a lower section several cows graze at will.
Ellen, a nurse for 27 years, is affiliated with Evergreen Hospital's surgery center and works part-time at a doctor's office. She was recently on a 2-week trip to the Philippines to work with deaf children. Last year, a group of doctors and nurses went to Argentina. Ellen always goes, sometimes twice a year. These trips are arranged by the Overlake Christian Church. Dennis has also gone several times to work with handicapped children in poverty areas. Very commendable.
A new venture
In 1992, Dennis went to California to talk with a new company in connection with arterial vascular engineering angioplasty that he knew would soon boom. After awhile, the company sent him to Canada to form a company there. Initially, they offered Dennis stock, and he bought stock for himself. The company boomed, and now he's moving to a condo in Seattle and has a new home way up in the Montana mountains near a river.
Dennis, the Promise Keeper, and his wife will continue to offer their time and service in behalf of children who need help in low-income countries. Joshua will run the Freed Farm. There are four very aged apple trees that annually produce fine apples. In the fall, I'll drop by for a couple of apples.
As I got ready to leave, Dennis said, "I applaud the way you've been writing about local people." Shucks, I wish I could do more.
As I entered my car, Dennis handed me an old Russian soldier's army belt with a hammer and sickle emblem in the front. Darn it! Two days ago, I broke my U.S. belt and bought a new one. The price was $22 bucks. Should have waited. Those tough Russian army belts should last a lifetime.