I recently found some relatives listing "huckster" as their occupation the Ohio census, early 1900s. I checked several websites with descriptions of old occupations, and they all seemed to agree that a huckster was someone who sold small wares.
Does anyone know if there's an alternate definition? My first assumption was that it had something to do with farming, since nearly everyone in the area was a farmer or a huckster. It just doesn't seem right that this number of people would all be "sellers of small wares" in what appears to be a somewhat rural farming area. I mean, there were at least one or two hucksters for every family. The only thing I can think of is that the "hucksters" sold whatever products the family farm produced to the neighbors.
If anyone has any ideas about this or knows of something else "huckster" might be, I'd love to hear from you!