• September 23, 2020
 Sara E. Freese: An El Paso Pioneer in Finance

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Sara E. Freese: An El Paso Pioneer in Finance

In 1966, Sara E. Freese sold her Brokerage Firm, S.E. Freese and Co, ending  a career of 19 years in the field.

She was also the first woman in El Paso and west of the Mississippi to head a Brokerage firm.

Freese first worked as a Secretary for the President of the Wheeling  National Bank, in Wheeling, West Virginia. It was Freese’s experience in investing  and managing her five shares of the American Telephone and Telegraph Company that got her interested in bonds, stock, and investments.

In 1928, Freese came to El Paso and the next year she started working for one of the oldest brokerages Company in El Paso – run by John S. Curtis – which was headquartered in the historic Mills Building in downtown El Paso.

Freese took over Curtis’s firm in 1949, after he retired, renaming it  “S.E. Freese and Co”. When Fresse first took over the firm only had 5 clients, but Freese built up her company and continued the legacy of John S. Curtis.

Believing that more women should be in her field, she made sure the company had an equal number of women and men. In 1955, Freese was the founding president of the first El Paso Bond and Stock Club.

Freese was devoted to her career and solely focused on it. She fought her  way in the male dominated field and brought many other women in with her.

Freese died in 1973 in El Paso.

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Joseph Longo

Born and raised in El Paso. Jose is a Curator and Archive Committee Chair for the El Paso County Historical Society. He does research and lectures about local history; and wrote several articles for the Password. Also, a former member of the El Paso City Historical Landmark Commission.

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