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Leahy, R. B.; Doolittle, G. M., 1846-1918 (ed.) / The progressive bee-keeper
Vol. VII, No. 9 (Sep. 1, 1897)

Editorial,   pp. 241-245

Page 242

the weather is so hot and dry, they
yield but little nectar.
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The officers of the United States
Bee-Keepers' Union are, Geo. W. York,
president, Chicago; W. Z. Hutchinson,
vice-president, Flint, Mich.; Dr. A. B.
Mason, secretary, Toledo, 0.
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somewhat late this time. I was going
to say that I could not help it. I would
better say I could have helped it if I
had stayed at home. In place of stay-
ing at home, I have been wandering
around over the eastern states, enjoy-
ing myself-enjoying life, so to speak,
seeing sights, trying to learn some-
thing, you know; taking a vacation-
some call it taking a rest, but it was
one of the most tired rests I ever took
in my life. I left here on the 17th of
July, traveled through twenty-seven
states, and visited several bee-keepers.
Among them, J. W. Rouse, E. T. Flan-
agan; Chas. Muth, of Cincinnati; John
Young, I. J. Stringham, and G. M.
Doolittle, of New York; W. Z. Hutch-
inson, editor of the Bee-Keepers' Re-
view, Flint, Mich.; Geo. W. York, of
the American Bee Journal: B. F. De-
Tar and Henry Miller, of Kansas, and
others, about all of which I will have
something to say in the future.
I also visited manufacturers of bee-
keepers' supplies, as follows: The W.
T. Falconer Co., Jamestown, N. Y.;
The A. I. Root Co., Medina, 0., and
the Pago & Lyons Co., New London.
Wis., of which the W. T. Falconer Co.
is the largest, with the Roots a good
The W. T. Falconer Co. manufac-
tuies a large line of goods other than
bee-keepers' supplies. such as school
supplies, thermometors, and advertis-
ing novelties. They also manufacture
the Empire washing machine. By the
courtesy of the proprietors, I was per-
mitted to look through their establihh-
ment, which took the greater part of a
day. I could not b:gin to enumerate
all the articles manufactured by this
company. There seemed to be hundreds,
if not thousands. of different thincs.
among which we echecker boards, dom-
inoes, thermometors, rules, slate pencil
boxes, blackboard wipers, lunoh boxes,
penholders, fan handles, clothes-pins,
toy blocks of all descriptions for chil-
dren, and articles too numerous to men-
tion. There were about 120 people
working on full time. Mr. Falconer
said that they were having a real rush
of business-so much so that they could
hardly keep up by working full time.
Messrs. Falconer and Merrill, the pro-
prietors, are what we westerners would
call "wide open" people. They ex-
tended to me the free use of the street
cars while in Jamestown, and also the
free use of their factory, made me feel
quite at home at their beautiful homes
on Lakeview Avenue, and permitted
me to ask all the questions I wanted to,
to which they assured me they would
be pleased to answer.
The A. I. Root Co. has a very exten-
sive plant, and everything is of a sub-
stantial nature. Brick buildings and
first-class machinery. One would think
from observation that they intended to
stay in business for a few hundred
years; and no doubt the name of Root
will be intermingled with some enter-
prising establishment selling bee sup-
plies   at   Medina,    Ohio,    for
generations  to  come.    The foun-
der of the A. I. Root Co., Mr. A. 1.
Root, has nearly retired from the bee
department of t lis business, and con-
ducts a little side issue of his own for
his pleasure and pastime; that is, he
deals in 'green goods"-that is, he
raises garden truck; and it was quite a
treat to bear him talk strawberries.
potatoes, etc., after I had heard so much
about bees and bee supplies. The Root
Co. also runs a department store and a

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