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Picturing The Past: James Bromfield Served As Businessman And Civil Leader


August 12, 2019

James S. Bromfield, pictured at the far left, was an active community leader in Brevard. He served as chief of the Brevard Fire Department for about 25 years. Bromfield resigned as fire chief in 1939.

James Bromfield moved to Brevard in 1906. He purchased a lot near the depot to establish a coal and wood yard to supply fuel to local customers. In 1908, he was given permission to extend a rail spur across Whitmire Street to his property allowing for delivery of materials and expansion.

He also purchased additional lots in the area around the depot that he leased to other businesses. One lot was used to store dogwood for the Fontaine Block Factory, where shuttle blocks for textile mills were made.

Bromfield was involved with numerous other businesses, including building supplies, deliver...

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