The corn "jobber" is a hand-held corn planter, one of many styles used by farmers during the late 1800s and early 1900s. A corn "jobber" was used on the Stemen Farm in Violet Township and donated to the Pickerington-Violet Township Historical Society Museum by the Harold Stemen Estate in 2007. See this and other farm tools in a special " Farming" exhibit featured this summer at the Historical Museum, 15 E. Columbus St. in Olde Pickerington Village.

THEN: The "vintage" tractors and corn planters seen in the background of this May 16, 1954 photo were state-of-the art at the time.

Violet Township farmers and friends of Earl Diley brought their farm equipment this day to plant corn on the Diley Farm located on Diley Road, north of Busey Road. Earl Diley recently had back surgery and was not able to work.

Included in this group of men are: Virgil Diley (middle row, third from left), who was a long-time rural mail carrier in Pickerington-Violet Township and served as postmaster during 1967-68.

Charles Milnor (first row, right side), owned Longview Poultry and the Milnor Farm at Milnor and Pickerington Roads.

Also in the first row, second from left, is Lyle Diley, Earl's son who was a high school student at the time.

Nearly 20 years after this photo was taken, Lyle Diley was appointed Violet Township Trustee to fill the unexpired term of Raymond Moorhead, also in this photo. Moorhead is the young man without a hat, left of Lyle Diley.

Diley served 28 years as a Violet Township Trustee, from 1973-2001.

NOW: The corn "jobber" is a hand-held corn planter, one of many styles used by farmers during the late 1800s and early 1900s. A corn "jobber" was used on the Stemen Farm in Violet Township and donated to the Pickerington-Violet Township Historical Society Museum by the Harold Stemen Estate in 2007.

See this and other farm tools in a special " Farming" exhibit featured this summer at the Historical Museum, 15 E. Columbus St. in Olde Pickerington Village.

The names of all of the men in the "Corn Planting" photo above are identified in this special exhibit.

Hundreds of additional photos, artifacts and documents from our community's past can be seen any Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Admission to the Historical Museum is free. More information about Historical Society events, membership, and meetings can be found at www.pickeringtonhistoricalsociety.com or by phoning 614-382-5989.

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