I have news! After setting my cpufreq to powersave, written to you, Melodie, with the results, and hibernating the machine with a lid-close to go into town, I have returned and restarted it. Out of curiosity I did:
code# su root cpufreq-info
Et voila! It is changed automagically after the hibernation to ondemand, which is curious indeed. At this moment the fan is still off and the cpu at 46. I think I can be happy with this situation however it happens. I will try the process on my wife's Compaq C300 and report the results there for additional information. FYI, the fan will start as the cpu approaches 50 and blow gently for about 10 seconds, then stop. I can feel the exhaust air dropping in temperature a bit slower than the indicated temperature drops. Overall your help has transformed the machine into a very different beast. Merci beaucoup.