Born in 1826, Chester’s family moved from New Jersey to the area now known as Berlin Township, Mahoning County, Ohio. Chester Bedell grew up under pioneer conditions. While schooling was nothing like todays standards, Bedell found ways and means to ensure his development and became very intellectually competent.
Bedell operated a crop and livestock farm in Berlin Township, and he made trips annually to Chicago to buy cattle. Bedell’s land ownership grew to about 1700 acres, making him the largest land owner in Mahoning County. Bedell was looked upon as a leader in the agriculture and livestock industries, and his old homestead was always open to extend a cordial welcome to the many friends of the family.
Bedell supported local churches, school boards, and all charity to the unfortunate. During this time, awards and recognition were not the custom, rather the satisfaction of doing good deeds was personal and in your heart. Bedell’s 1700-acre farm was reported to have housed 1000 sheep, 300 cattle, 100 hogs, along with numerous horses and fowl. Bedell also operated a clay tile pottery in Berlin Township.