Men’s Jobs in Agrarian Chesterfield
By Ann Chrissos
In the early days of Chesterfield, men worked long, hard hours. Most owned land on which cash crops, such as corn, wheat, melons and potatoes, were planted. Some of these farmers also ran side businesses, like blacksmithing and butchering. Many area farmers used hired laborers to help operate their farms. This was definitely true of men who worked at non-farm related jobs. These jobs included banking, operating a ferry, water delivery, service station owners and attendants, mail carriers, general merchandise store owners and employees of the Water Works Company. Some men managed to find the time and energy to serve as volunteer firemen and to play on local baseball teams. Chesterfield entrepreneurs helped the area to develop into a vibrant community.
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Bellefontaine Volunteer Fire Department.jpg
November 19, 1949. L to R: Lucian Puellmann, Bud Hoch, Forestell Stemme, Rolla Barr, Nelson Rinkel, Richard Barr and Ace Rickard. They had put out a woods fire on West Drive. Courtesy of Wilhelmina Puellmann.