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Herman Freedlander: This man was the proprietor of the immensely important Freedlander’s department store.

The article describes President Lowry’s remarks during a university chapel service for Herman. Lowry reflected on his personal relationship with Herman and gave him a plaque to celebrate his 80th birthday.

The Daily Record interviewed Herman and he was honored but had wanted to keep it secret. The store and the college had a long standing relationship with many of the students and their parents shopping at Freedlander’s.

Lowry and Garber Drushal spoke of Herman’s fondness for helping children and his invaluable contributions to the community. Traditionally only faculty and trustees were part of the vote, but students and faculty wanted to honor Herman as well.

Harold Freedlander stands next to a photo of his grandfather, one of Wooster’s earliest Jewish residents, David Freedlander.

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Dollar Day sales were a chaotic and well remembered event in the store’s history.

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Herman Freedlander and his son, Harold, both ran the store before it was sold to investors in the late 80s.

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Freedlander’s was a popular place during the Christmas shopping season, especially the Toyland Department and Santa.

Many Wooster residents still remember the distinctive hat boxes and bags from Freedlander’s Department Store before its closing in 2009.

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Freedlander’s customers often had charge cards, but eventually these gave way to credit cards around the 1970s.

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Although Freedlander’s only sold men’s clothing when it opened, the store expanded to include women’s clothing, a toy department, and a milinery section.

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Herman Freedlander, far right, grew up helping his father at the store and began working there at the age of twelve.

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The original name of the store reflects D.L. Freedlander’s hometown, which both he and his son, Herman worked to make a viable business.
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