Beekeepers often cite the abundance of honey bees and the fact that honey bees are often the only pollinators in areas that don’t have the same type of habitat as humans, but many are quick to point out that both of those traits have a place in a healthy hive.
Here are some of the most interesting, or at least, noteworthy, beekeepers who’ve been around for decades.1.
Jeff DeWitt, beekeeper, South Dakota State University, 1887-1973Jeff DeWitte (1887-1963) was one of the first professional beekeepers in the US.
He also founded the first commercial hive, in 1882.
DeWitter started his beekeeping business with the idea that the honey bee would be used as a pollinator, but he wasn’t interested in keeping bees.
Instead, he focused on improving the beekeeping practices of the farmers who supplied the crops that he would harvest.
DeWitt was the first beekeeper in South Dakota to harvest honey from his own hive.
His first honey crop was from a corn field near his home.
He kept bees for the next five years until he was successful.
He was successful because he found that the bees kept bees well.
In 1888, DeWett’s beekeeping company was called Bee-Growers of the World, which was owned by William B. Stryker, a man who would go on to become the first president of the United States.2.
Thomas W. Fennell, bee keeper, Illinois State University and the University of Wisconsin, 1901-1903Thomas W.
Fennell (1899-1970) was a beekeeper at the University at Buffalo for nearly 20 years.
He spent most of his life in New York City and had two sons, Robert and John.
He loved bees, and for the last 15 years of his career, he cared for the bees at the Buffalo Bee Farm.
Fannell was a huge fan of honeybees, and his bees were especially good.
Fagenes most famous bees included the first, and most spectacular, honey bee he had in the world, a male called the “Whip-Tailed” that he collected in 1913 from a local honeybee colony.
He named his honeybee after his wife.
He died in 1970.3.
William Fennelly, beekeeping, Michigan State University for decadesWilliam Fennella (1893-1977) is one of history’s most famous beekeepers.
He started his honey bee business in 1884 when he was just 15 years old.
He and his brother, George, had two young sons and George died in 1922 at the age of 47.
He continued his honey business with his brothers for decades, and was the father of one of America’s most well-known honey beekeepers, Robert Fennel.
His son, George Fennells daughter, Mary Ann, was a prolific author, who died in 2001.4.
William B, Strykers honey bee, 1905-1915William B.
Stryker (1875-1946) was an Irishman who grew up near Newbridge, England, and who, along with his brother-in-law, Joseph P. Strynch, founded the Stryke-Bryant Company, which began manufacturing honey for the British sugar industry in 1881.
Styrker started selling honey as a commercial product in 1883 and became the world’s first bee keeper in 1894.
He made millions selling his honey and in 1901 he became the first man to be awarded the Guinness World Record for honey production.
Streykers honey bees were highly prized for their taste and flavor, and the honey they produced was used by the British Royal Family to decorate their royal residences.
He produced over 3 million pounds of honey in 1887, and in 1913, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics.5.
Samuel W. Thomas, bee farmer, Georgia State University (1918-1956), 1918-1952This name might sound familiar.
Samuel Thomas (1894-1975) was the only person to be elected president of Georgia State College, and also became a professor of agriculture at the university.
He founded a company called Honey Bees, and over his career he made billions selling honey to companies including the United Fruit Company, the United Beekeeping Association and the Coca-Cola Company.
In fact, Thomas was one the most influential business leaders in the 20th century.
He owned a number of companies and served on the boards of numerous other companies.
His honey bees, however, are perhaps the most famous part of his legacy.6.
Charles J. Mertz, bee grower, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1901–1935Charles J.
Mertz (1889-1972) was not only the first person to harvest his own honey, but was also the first to grow the flowers