May 28, 2019
“Bee Keeping in Baxter County” by James Rhein will be the topic at the next meeting of the Baxter County Historical & Genealogical Society on Tuesday, May 28 at 6:00 pm in the Knox Room of the Donald W Reynolds Library in Mountain Home.
James Rhein is well known in the area for being the “Bee Man.” James has been tending bees for over 40 years. “It started with a friend who kept honeybees,” he says. “He kept telling me I should get bees, too, and when I did, I got really interested in them. Unfortunately, back then, there were few local beekeepers, no beekeeping clubs and no beekeeping classes, so I had to teach myself about bees by reading books and through trial and error.”
James has a passion for bees. “The average bee hive contains 50,000 to 60,000 worker bees, 200 to 500 drone bees and one queen,” he tells me while visiting Baxter County to see his hives. “The average life span of a worker bee is only six weeks, but a queen in the wild might live five to six years. During warm months, the queen lays 1,000 to 2,000 eggs each day.”
The Baxter County Historical Society meets the 4th Tuesday of each month at 6:00. Most meetings are held at the Donald W. Reynolds Library. Meetings are free and open to the public.
For more information, contact the Society at 870-425-2551, or visit the Baxter County Heritage Center at 808 S. Baker on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:00-4:00. Website: www.baxtercountyhistory.org Facebook: Baxter County Historical & Genealogical Society, Inc.