One aspect of community life in Chesterfield was the institution of the tithing house. Mormons were noted for “taking care of their own” and did it through transactions connected with the tithing house. Managed by the ward bishop, this office received the voluntary contributions of ward members, generally representing one-tenth of their “increase” in livestock, produce, and other production. In addition to things of “increase,” members also made special donations to the poor on Fast Day—originally the first Thursday of each month, later the first Sunday. The bishop would use these donations to provide for community needs.