The Maasdam Family operated a draft horse farm south of the present hospital. The barns have been restored, a period house has been moved on site to replace the one that burned, and the grounds are being reworked to accommodate a visitors’ center.
The Maasdam – Wheeler farm raised and sold Percheron horses well into the 2nd World War, because fuel was scarce for powered ag equipment. We may yet need them!
”The city [Fairfield] is in a blue grass country, in which much live stock is bred; and it is an important market for draft horses.” — The Encyclopedia Brittanica, 1911.
”For several years Fairfield has been considered a great horse market, and thousands of these animals are shipped from this point annually….A gentlemen from Nebraska, who deals largely in horses, says Jefferson County farmers raise better horses than any county he visits. — May 15, 1878, Fairfield Ledger, pg. 3 Col. 4.
Research by John Stimson, Rory Goff & Rena Goff