"We had plenty of honey. And I can, you can cook with honey. You can make some pretty good things with it. And that helps all the sweet things for our children because they were hungry for that sort of thing… They [the bees] were kept near the orchard. They helped pollenize the flower, the trees… I liked to work with the bees. They were were nice. One experience I had with bees that I had when I was a little girl – father was gone and there was a swarm of bees Oh! My sister, Julie and I thought we better get those bees hived [into the hive]. And they were just above our heads. They weren't up very high. So she got a ladder and went up about one step. And I knew exactly how to do it because I had helped father, I'd watched him. And we got the hive ready. So she went up one step on the ladder, I had gone up the tree. And she held the box. I shook the bees. [Laughs] And she went down and put the lid down. I can't remember whether they stayed in or not. I hope they did. We were just kids. I mean, we were ten or eleven maybe. That was one experience I had… I had bees for years and years. I like to work with them. They're nice to work with."

Ruth Nettleton - Keeping bees for honey


Other Excerpts from Ruth Nettleton's Interview:

Reading her 1929 journal
Keeping bees for honey
Staying cool in the summer
Learning to drive a car
Baking biscuits
Churning butter

Entire Interview with Ruth Nettleton