when beekeeping was an important if not vital part of the rural landscape, and honey was a staple in every kitchen and pantry, even then, the Lorain County Beekeepers Association had a plan.
"An article in the Elyria Constitution Newspaper in 1882 to the attention of beekeepers advised that 200 beekeepers in Lorain County had 4,500 colonies of bees and this year had only half a crop or 153,000 pounds of honey. This article stated that a courtroom had been obtained and urged all beekeepers and those interested meet at the Court House for the purpose of forming a beekeeping society. This was apparently the beginning of the Lorain County Beekeepers Association.
Articles appeared in the papers for several years about bees and the beekeepers meetings, however, little information has been found about this organization from the 1880's until the club was reactivated in 1919 in Wellington."
Little did they know that 104 years later the organization they incorporated would be going strong and continuing the self same passion. Today we are honored to continue much as it did then, and many times in the same locations, towns, cities, and villages, as our founding fathers of beekeeping. The work is the same it continues forward, the exact same desire to teach the importance of honey bees and the care of them.
As we continue this legacy, our goal as an organization is to create a permanent place, a home if you will, to protect this legacy of those who were keepers before us. In doing so we will be assured as our time comes and goes that the next generation can take up the torch and go forward in the hopes of a permanent home.
We are a 501C3 organization and we thank you for all your support.
LCBA Mission Statement "To Promote Beekeeping through Education, Cooperation, or any other Efficient Means"
Pictures above Amos Ives Root, founder of the A.I. Root Company in Medina Ohio, demonstrating innovative techniques for beekeeping during the late 19th century.
• Excerpt from January 28, 1980 letter to LCBA members from LCBA Treasurer, Harry R. Painter.
• 100 Year list of Executive Board Members
Violet Fowls, the oldest daughter of Chalon and Caroline was born in Oberlin, Ohio. Pictured above Violet and her father, Chalon. Notice the Oberlin flag on the Ford Model T.
Violet's parents, Chalon and Caroline, were commercial beekeepers in Oberlin, Ohio. They had five apiaries, one at home near the Lake Shore Railroad and another apiary near Wellington.
Fowls family in front of their honey house. Pictured above from L to R; Violet, Caroline, Chalon, Iona Fowls and Fowls family employee. Gleanings in Bee Culture 1908