In "The Way It Was", 2-William B. Garris 1879-1949, 3-Howard Garris 1906-1990, 3-Wilhelmina (Bee) Garris King 1918-2007, Bee Stories, FAMILY: BEE & BOB TOGETHER, FAMILY: BROTHER & SISTERS (BEE), FAMILY: PATERNAL LINE (BEE), POSTS BY LOCATION, Round O, S.C., STORIES on August 16, 2015 at 8:46 am

Daddy used to have six to eight bee hives on the other side of the grape harbor.  The hives were made from wood and looked like a slender wooden box.  He had additional boxes inside that could be removed when they were full of honey.  These boxes made it like little rooms. Usually in the fall, one night we would get the honey.  This was called “robbing the bees”.  Of course we left them plenty of honey to take them over the winter.  We would wrap up our heads in some kind of netting or old curtains to protect ourselves from the bees stinging us. Howard went with us if he were at home.  Usually Daddy would get several stings because he was the one who actually  put his hands inside the bee hive and got the honey.  Now the big job was to hold the lantern high enough so that it would shine right into the best spot.  That was my job.  I felt like a million dollars because I could do that and they made a big to do about  me being such a great light carrier.

There was one queen bee to a bee hive.  If a second was born, the bees would have to divide.  Part of the bees would go with the new queen outside of the bee hive and they would buzz around until the new queen found  a spot where she lit. The other would then light around her until it would be a large ball of bees. This was called “The Bees are swarming”.  Daddy would make another  new bee hive  and place it underneath  the limb, pat it and the bees would fall into the new bee hive.  They  were always happy  over  their home and stayed there.If no one made them a home, they would finally go into the woods and go into a hollow tree  and there you can find wild honey.   Sometimes we would give a swarm to someone else if they wanted them. In those days  you could order a swarm of bees from  Sears & Roebuck.  We always had plenty of honey as Howard did years afterward as he always had bee hives.

— “The Way It Was,” Chapter 17: “Robbing the Bees,” 1999


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