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Working For A Living … For Over A Century

One look at a map of central North Carolina reveals Sanford as a clear center of commerce.  Literally all roads and many workers from 50 miles in any direction wind up in Lee County’s largest community. This week, we’ll take a diverse look at some of the people who earned a paycheck here over the years, starting with some of the first, first responders in the area. It’s the Sanford Hose Company No. 1, in front of city hall in 1912.

We’re all familiar with the Sanford Buggy Factory — now home of the Sanford Area Growth Alliance and other businesses.  Here’s a look at some folks who worked in this landmark building a little over a century ago, when it actually was a buggy factory.

Times & styles change, but some professions are never likely to go away completely. Here’s a look at a popular barber shop located near the old Commercial Building on Wicker Street. The picture dates to the 1920s. The barber shop relocated across the street, after the Commercial Building Fire of 1945.

On the other hand, purveyors of ice and coal are largely a thing of the past. The Salmon brothers, Tom & John, operated the Sanford Ice & Coal Company for many years, providing ice for refrigeration needs and coal for heating purposes. Here’s a look at their work crew at the building on Market Street.

The Wilrick Building has a long, distinguished history in Sanford, from its origins as a large downtown hotel in the mid-1920s. The company that built the building had its origins as a commerce store. Here’s what the Wilkins, Ricks & Company store looked like just over a century ago.

Of course Sanford began life as a railroad town, transporting goods and passengers to and from larger communities, including Raleigh and Fayetteville. In much of the first half of last century, the area was also the source of rail car production, thanks to the Edwards Railway Motor Car Company, located off of Rose Street. Here’s a look at the 22 folks who had a hand in creating the car they’re posing with.

Editorial content, pictures and research background , compliments of Jimmy Haire and Images of America: Sanford and Lee County, by Jimmy Haire & W.W. Seymour, Jr, available here for purchase. All book proceeds go to Sanford’s Railroad House Historical Association, Inc.

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