Person:Samuel Freed (3)

Samuel 'Sam' Freed, Food Industry Sales Professional
  1. Eddie FreedAbt 1906 - Bef 2014
  2. Samuel 'Sam' Freed, Food Industry Sales Professional1912 - 1990
  • HSamuel 'Sam' Freed, Food Industry Sales Professional1912 - 1990
  • WIda Schlafer1913 - 2007
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Name Samuel 'Sam' Freed, Food Industry Sales Professional
Gender Male
Birth[1] 6 Aug 1912 Youngstown, Mahoning County, Ohio
Marriage to Ida Schlafer
Death[1] 29 Sep 1990 Orange County, California

About Samuel Freed

Samuel "Sam" Freed was born 6 August 1912 in Youngstown, Ohio, son of Henry Freed (b. abt. 1885) and his wife Rose (b. abt. 1881), both immigrants from Czechoslovania [according to 1940 Census Records, but the 1920 & 1930 Census Records state they were from Hungary].

Sam's first experience in the food industry started with his father who was a chef. Sam went to work in the family restaurant business after he graduated from high school, but at an early age he decided that he wanted to be a salesman. He went to Cleveland in 1931 and started out as a surgical supply salesman, then switched jobs, selling shoes at a local May Co. Department Store before returning to the family business in 1933. After an attempt of going into the night club business did not pan out, Sam left Youngstown and decided to start over again in Los Angeles, California.
Sam tried his hand at managing shoe stores for Greater Shoe Co., Reeves Shoes and later Kirby Shoes before entering military service at the beginning of World War II. Sam served with the United States Army in the 35th division artillery in Europe and returned to Los Angeles after the war.
Sam then decided to start his own home delivery meat service called "Butcher Boy" with an improvised refrigerated truck equipped with a six-foot deli case and had grand visions of becoming the "Helms [bakery] of the meat business", but that venture never reached his expectations.
Faced with the reality that he had to survive and make a living, he went to work as a salesman for Grand Taste Packing in 1947. In those years Grand Taste had four driver-salesmen and most of their products were sold in the Riverside-San Bernardino area selling fresh meat and bulk sausages to butcher shops and supermarkets, but later Grand Taste became one of the premier hot dog and lunchmeat suppliers during the 1950's and 1960's. Grand Taste later manufactured the "Ol' Virginia" brand of hot dogs and lunchmeat, then one of the market leaders. Sam was promoted to Sales Manager at Grand Taste the following year in 1948 and with Sam's urging, Grand Taste followed other meat company's leads in the producing pre-packaged products, a trend that continued to grow and develop under his supervision.
Sam provided early leadership with a local trade association, the Southern California Deli Council (now known as the Dairy/Deli/Bakery Council of Southern California (DDBC), was one of the original founding members and served as its third President in 1962, an organization which still exists in 2014.
Sam was present in the early days of the Deli Council when the first meetings were held at Syd Fischer's house until the group was large enough to be held in a small dining room at the Roger Young Auditorium in downtown Los Angeles. Sam was honored by the Deli Council in December 1965 with its "Big Cheese" Award for his service to the Council, while working at Grand Taste Packing. He often won industry golf tournaments and was known as one of the best golfers in the business. He also served the Deli Council as Treasurer, Secretary and was on the original cast of "My Fair Deli" and "Guys and Dolls", variety shows that were put on in the early days of the Council.

Sam was also a member of the Food Industry Sales Manager's club and was a 32-degree Mason.

Sam Freed passed away on 29 September 1990 in Orange County, California. He was survived by his wife Ida [nee Schlafer], who had worked as the Personnel Manager for Boys Markets, and two daughters, Wynn and Janice. His dedication, service and contributions to the food industry will be remembered by his co-workers and friends for many years.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 California. Department of Public Health. Bureau of Vital Statistics. Death Index, 1940-1997.

    California, Death Index, 1940-1997
    Name: Samuel Freed
    Social Security #: 547124808
    Gender: Male
    Birth Date: 6 Aug 1912
    Birth Place: Ohio
    Death Date: 29 Sep 1990
    Death Place: Orange
    Mother's Maiden Name: Marilorits

  2.   Social Security Administration. Social Security Death Index: Death Master File, database. (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service).

    U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-Current
    Name: Samuel Freed
    SSN: 547-12-4808
    Last Residence: 92677 Laguna Niguel, Orange, California, USA
    BORN: 6 Aug 1912
    Last Benefit: 92677 Laguna Niguel, Orange, California, United States of America
    Died: 29 Sep 1990
    State (Year) SSN issued: California (Before 1951)

  3.   United States. National Archives and Records Administration (ARC # 1263923). World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946. (2002).

    U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946
    Name: Samuel Freed
    Birth Year: 1912
    Race: White, citizen (White)
    Nativity State or Country: Ohio
    State of Residence: California
    County or City: Los Angeles
    Enlistment Date: 8 Feb 1943
    Enlistment State: California
    Enlistment City: Los Angeles
    Branch: Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA
    Branch Code: Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA
    Grade: Private
    Grade Code: Private
    Term of Enlistment: Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject o the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law
    Component: Selectees (Enlisted Men)
    Source: Civil Life

    1 year of college

    Civil Occupation:
    Semiskilled construction occupations, n.e.c.

    Marital Status:



  4.   United States. 1930 U.S. Census Population Schedule. (National Archives Microfilm Publication T626).

    1930 United States Federal Census
    Name: Samuel Freed
    Gender: Male
    Birth Year: abt 1913
    Birthplace: Ohio
    Race: White
    Home in 1930: Youngstown, Mahoning, Ohio
    Map of Home: View map
    Marital Status: Single
    Relation to Head of House: Son
    Father's Name: Henry Freed
    Father's Birthplace: Hungary
    Mother's name: Rose Freed
    Mother's Birthplace: Hungary
    Household Members: Name Age
    Henry Freed 45
    Rose Freed 47
    Edward Freed 24
    Samuel Freed 17

  5.   United States. 1940 U.S. Census Population Schedule. (National Archives Microfilm Publication T627).

    1940 United States Federal Census
    Name: Samuel Freed
    Age: 26
    Estimated birth year: abt 1914
    Gender: Male
    Race: White
    Birthplace: Ohio
    Marital Status: Single
    Relation to Head of House: Son
    Home in 1940: Youngstown, Mahoning, Ohio
    Street: Market
    Inferred Residence in 1935: Youngstown, Mahoning, Ohio
    Residence in 1935: Same Place
    Resident on farm in 1935: No
    Citizenship: Naturalized
    Sheet Number: 11A
    Occupation: Sales Man
    Attended School or College: No
    Highest Grade Completed: High School, 4th year
    Hours Worked Week Prior to Census: 48
    Class of Worker: Wage or salary worker in private work
    Weeks Worked in 1939: 52
    Income: 1040
    Income Other Sources: No
    Household Members: Name Age
    Henry Freed 55
    Rose Freed 57
    Edward Freed 32
    Samuel Freed 26