In September, 1949 election, Lester Bell defeated J.B. Jeans by a vote of 322 to 318. Bell had only campaigned for a short time before the filing deadline a week before the election. Lester Bell came to Pleasant Hill community when he was seven years old. After high school, he lived and worked in various locations until he permanently settled back in Pleasant Hill during the 1930’s. He was a well-known, well-liked, and much respected “character” of Pleasant Hill. In the 1960’s he moved to California and passed away in February of 1974 at the age of 83 years.