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Halloween Week: The Haunted History of Beekeeping

There are some great Facebook groups and pages out there, catering to all kinds of niche hobby or interest. Few are more specialised however than a page dedicated to historical articles about bees and beekeeping. For the past few weeks Historical Honeybee Articles have been posting fascinating spooky or macabre stories involving beekeeping down through the centuries.. Fjallraven Kanken No.2

It really has some great stuff, even if you don’t think you’re particularly interested in beekeeping, there are scary tales abound that will keep you hooked. I strongly urge you to go and check out all the stories posted there, but I’ve selected a few of my favourites below to get you in the mood for Halloween.

Bees Pay Last Respects to a Young Boy at His Funeral

“A strange incident happened at a funeral near Parsons, Kansas the other day. A little son of Samuel Carson, residing southwest of the city, died and was buried in the neighborhood cemetery. There being no hearse the remains were placed in a spring wagon and conveyed to the cemetery.

On the way to the grave a swarm of bees gathered on the lid of the coffin and there remained. When the cemetery was reached, all efforts to drive the bees from the coffin were without avail, and the pallbearers were forced to take charge of the coffin with the bees swarming about them, and before the remains were deposited in the grave every pallbearer suffered, being stung in more than one place on the face and hands. fjällräven kånken Mini The bees clung so tenaciously to the coffin that many of them were buried with the body of the dead boy.

The dead boy was very fond of bees, and whether the bees were thus showing their grief over the loss of their young friend or what the significance of such an act on the part of the bees was, is a mystery yet unsolved.”

– Kansas City Times, 1895.

Bee Tenants of Dead Bodies

Bees have been known to tenant a dead body. A party of tourists along the Mediterranean, exploring the quaint old cemetery of Algesirias, came across a small, uncovered coffin that held the remains of a child. The cavity of the chest had become the home of an industrious swarm of bees, and the honeycomb they were at work on was rapidly increasing. Fjallraven Kanken 7L -New York World, 1895

A Grave Swarm. nike air max 2017 heren groen – A Belfast paper contains an account of a sexton discovering that a swarm of bees had taken possession of a scull in a coffin which was found to be well stored with honey. (This was indeed a sweet head; and what ever was the cause of the persons death, the sexton discovered a great burning in the head, which was much honeycombed.)

– The Age, 1832, London, Middlesex.

Funeral Custom Gone Wrong

“A superstitious custom prevails at every funeral in Devon of turning round the bee-hives that belonged to the deceased, if he had any, and that at the moment the corpse is carried out of the house. Jordan 13 Sale At a funeral some time since at Collampton of a rich old farmer a laughable circumstance of the sort occurred, for just as the corpse was placed in the hearse and the horsemen to a large number were drawn up in order for the procession of the funeral, a person called out “Turn the bees!” when a servant who had no knowledge of such a custom, instead of turning the hives round, lifted them up and laid them down on their sides.

The bees thus hastily invaded instantly attacked and fastened on the horses and their riders; it was in vain they galloped off; the bees followed and left their stings as marks of their indignation. fjallraven kanken mochilas Meantime a general confusion took place, attended with loss of hats, wigs, &c, and the corpse during the conflict was left unattended, nor was it till after a considerable time that the funeral attendants could be arranged, in order to proceed to the interment of their deceased friend.”

– Argus newspaper, September 13th, 1790.

A Thousand Ways to Cut Short Our Days

Among the many curious inscriptions that are to be found on the tombstones that mark the last resting places of some of the early pioneers, one of the most curious is in the town of Manchester New York, in a place known as the Old Greenhouse Cemetery. In the old town cemetery is the grave of one Timothy Ryan who died May 12, 1814. He has secured a place in history as being the second recorded fatality from a bee sting in North America (according to Ripley’s “Believe It or Not”).

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  • On the tombstone erected to the memory of Timothy Ryan appears this haunting epitaph:

    In memory of Timothy Ryan
    who died May 12, 1814
    in the 66th year of his age.

    A thousand ways cut short our days,
    None are exempt from death,
    A honey bee, by stinging me,
    Did stop my mortal breath.

    This grave contains the last remains
    Of my frail house of clay. Chaussures Nike Pas Cher
    My soul is gone not to return,
    Till one eternal day.

    Friends one and all both great and small,
    Behold where I do lie,
    While you are here for death prepare,
    Remember you must die.

    Be sure to go and check out Historical Honeybee Articles for more spooky (and many more perfectly un-spooky but no less fascinating) tales related to bees and beekeeping, and why not drop them a ‘Like’ while you’re at it.