. . . is something I avoid if I possibly can but I plainly did not get this particular gene from my great-great-grandpa Freeman.
According to the Hunts County News of 6th February 1897:-
"The chief feature of the service was an excellent address by Mr J.E. Freeman on "Proverbs and quotations of wit and humour". Mr Freeman kept his audience highly interested for three-quarters of an hour."
Keeping an audience "highly interested" for a short time is quite a trick so 45 minutes is pretty impressive, remembering that there would be no PowerPoint presentation or other such gadgets with which to distract people.
Well done g-g-gramps!