One of Olde Pickerington's most versatile and interesting residents was Jesse Hager.

1908: One of Olde Pickerington's most versatile and interesting residents was Jesse Hager.

A shoemaker by trade, Hager served in the American Civil War, owned one of Pickerington's turn-of-the-century saloons, and was appointed Pickerington postmaster from 1893-1897.

Hager died at age 68 on New Year's Eve in 1908.

His shoe shop was located in a log building on West Columbus Street.

Hager also served as Pickerington's fourth mayor -- from 1892-1893 -- and then served a second term, from 1904-1905.

He was married to Adaline Hager in 1864.

She was a sister of E.D. Kraner, who owned Kraner's General Store which also was located in Olde Pickerington Village.

Jesse and Adaline had no children.

Now: Jesse Hager's shoe shop in the log building on West Columbus Street was located where Lan-Fair Credit Union stands today at 35 W. Columbus St.

Explore more historical sites in Olde Pickerington Village Aug. 4 during the 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Olde Village Market Day.

In addition to sidewalk sales offered by Olde Pickerington Village merchants, vendors will fill West Columbus Street and Pickerington Plaza with fresh produce, baked goods, antiques, collectibles, arts and crafts, flea market and yard-sale treasures.

At the same time, the Pickerington-Violet Township Historical Society, 15 E. Columbus St., will hold a free open house at its museum and a yard sale on its front lawn.

For details about Olde Village Market Day, visit www.pickeringtonvillage.com.

More local historical insights can be found at www.pickeringtonhistoricalsociety.com.

Contributions and questions about "Then and Now" stories can be sent via email to the series' creator, Maggie Arendt, at pickhistsociety@hotmail.com.