Here is a picture of Grandpa Vernon Krosch – 1st Generation Beekeeper. This picture was taken in 1953 in Clarks Grove, MN by the newspaper (Albert Lea Tribune). They did an article on Grandpa’s beekeeping and gardening. He was a bit before his time – subscribing to Organic Gardening magazines and using natural methods for greater crop yield – like using bees as pollinators. A true genius whom I never got to meet.
This picture gives interesting insight into beekeeping. If you look at how his hives are placed – how many boxes he has for each colony – you start to wonder what his strategy was and how well he did. My Dad thought it must be spring due to the small 1 story colonies, but if you look at the frame he is holding it is loaded with honey. This means it was late summer/early fall – when colonies would be ramping down for winter, but still in large numbers.