A.I. Root Co Bee Keepers Supplies Pat'd 1907 bee smoker

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  • Sold Date: May 14, 2007
  • Channel: Auction House
is an outstanding 1907 Bee smoker manufactured by the A.I. Root Company. The back of the smoker is printed with "Manufactured by the A.I. Root Co. Medina, Ohio USA Bee Keepers Supplies Pat'd 9-22-'03, 9-5-'05, 6-4-'07".
The A.I. Root Company was founded 1869 in Medina, Ohio by Amos Ives Root asa manufacturer of beehives and beekeeping equipment. The company in its heydaywas shipping four railroad freight cars of beekeeping equipment a day. The company later installed printing presses and published the magazine Bee culture and the book "ABC of Bee Culture". The company has since retired its printing presses.

In 1928 the company began a transition into candle making after a local priest made a request for high quality Liturgical candles. The production of beekeeping equipment was reduced and eventually completely phased out.

Amos Ives Root began his career as a jewelry manufacturer and took up beekeeping in his twenties as a hobby. Among his major contributions was a method to harvest honey without destroying the beehive . He became a nationally- and internationally-known expert and a wealthy businessman.

Always enthusiastic about technology, he took great interest in the newly-invented automobile , purchasing an Oldsmobile Runabout in 1903. He held strong Christian beliefs, and wrote about his ideas and observations of contemporary society in his trade journal Gleanings in Bee Culture .

When he read sketchy newspaper reports about the Wright Brothers in early 1904, he decided to visit them and learn more. He drove his car nearly 200 miles on primitive roads to Dayton. On September 20, he witnessed Wilbur Wright fly the first complete circle by a heavier-than-air flying machine. He apparently also saw several other flights. Greatly enthusiastic about aviation, he delayed publishing an account of the flights in his magazine until the following January at the request of the Wrights. That article and follow ups he wrote were the only published eyewitness reports of Wright Brothers flights at Huffman Prairie , a pasture outside Dayton w the Wrights developed the first practical airplane. He offered his reports to Scientific American magazine, but was turned down.

In the late 1920s, his company transitioned to the manufacture of specialized candles for liturgical and other uses. The original brick factories still exist and still produce candles.

The company is still owned by the Root family and is run by his great grandson.

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