A.I. Root's Origins

During a warm spring day in Medina a swarm of bees covered the county. A man walked into a jewelry store on the Medina Public Square and was bet by the young owner of the business a dollar that he couldn't catch the bees. The man took the bet and set out to complete the task, hours later he returned with a large box full of bees. The business owner that made the bet was Amos Ives Root, and after that event he was pulled into the industry of bees. He went up to Cleveland and purchased a lot of bee captivating equipment. Without competition his hobby rapidly became a very profitable entrepreneurship. It didn't take long for him to expand large enough and sell the jewelry store and make beekeeping his full time business. His honey propelled him and his company, competing in a national market. After World War I the price of honey drastically plummeted and he found his way into the candle industry. Root was constantly leading the pack when it came to beekeeping and that is what set him apart from the rest. A young man who was trying to make a living went from running a small business on the square to having his name fronting a nationally renown company.

Since 1869, the A.I. Root Candle Factory has made innovating steps towards a future civilization, constantly staying on top of the business. Behind every business is few great workers to get it on its feet, in this case it was one man, Amos Ives Root. Amos was not only a great businessman, but a great scientest, humanitarian, and inventor. His impact in Medina has lasted long after his death with his business still running, now in its fifth generation of the family, and even having a middle school named after him. A.I. Root Candle Factory has a rich history and still leaves an impact on the community, it represents not only a great business, but a great man.

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A.I. Root; The Man Who Made Us

A.I. Root; The Man Who Made Us

A.I. Root was not always interested in the bee business, in fact, Root was a jewelry store owner with an emerging, obsesive, interest in bees. After beting a local man a dollar he couldn't catch bees, Root was instantly hooked, taking charge of an unprecedented and prosperous business in bee keeping. Ever wonder why Medina is known as 'The Medina Bees'z A.I. Root was the man who made us! Image courtesy of the Medina Historical Society View File Details Page

Root's 48 Hives

Root's 48 Hives

A.I. Root had become very proud of his expanding bee business with his forty-eight bee hives driving the Root company forward. Devastatingly, in 1869, Root suffered a loss of all but eleven of his colonies. Root personally felt the consequences of the bee loss. A.I. Root was extremely and emotionally, attached to his bees and their hives. Yet, dispite the loss, A.I. Root and the Root company flourished and in the same year Root sold his jewelry store and bought the Medina fairgrounds. Image courtesy of the Medina Historical Society View File Details Page

Root and the Wright

Root and the Wright

With A.I. Root's newly purchased land, Root began to use the fairgrounds in various ways, including witnessing the Wright brothers' innovation in aviation. Root was the first person ever to publically record the first account of the Wright brothers' flight; right at the Medina fairgrounds!This achievement further placed Medina on the map! A.I.Root almost single handedly, made Medina into what it is today! Image courtesy of the Medina Historical Society View File Details Page

Industrial Root

Industrial Root

A. I. Root was, among many things, a true innovator. Root always sought new and riveting hoobies to keep his attention. His inquisitive mind led him to be attracted to the little know business of bee keeping. With Root's newly found love, Root in1869, founded the A.I. Root Company, a family owned, industry-leading company. Now in it's fifth generation, the company produces the best beeswax candles made with passion and perfection Image courtesy of the Medina Historical Society View File Details Page

An Expanding Company

An Expanding Company

The A. I. Root Candle Company is extremely successful. It has produces superior products for 140 years. A. I. Root's commitment to customer satisfaction defines Root's strong brand loyalty. Image courtesy of the Medina Historical Society View File Details Page

The Dwindling Root

The Dwindling Root

Sadly, A.I. Root was not a very healthly man. In 1894 Root became ill with a lung infection and the doctor told he had less than a year to live.With this devastating and heart renching news, Root quickly turned over the company to his son and his son-in-law. Towards the end of A.I. Roots life, he became emmensly interested in garden keeping and physical health. Root purchased a velociped 'an early version of the bycicle' and there are numerous stories in the news paper of Root riding it in the town square. Image courtesy of the Medina Historical Society View File Details Page

Root and Beyond

Root and Beyond

A.I. Root company had started off making honey and selling bee hiving equipment. The company has been successful for over a hundered years. The company expanded tremendously and in 1929 started to make bee's wax candels. Even in the Great Depression, the Root company succeed and brought women into the work place. Even today the A.I. Root company continues to be successful selling candles all over the globe and will continue it's successful legacy for generations to come. Image courtesy of the Medina Historical Society View File Details Page

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The Battling Bee

Mr. Knight, current Sidney Fenn principle, discusses the importance and meaning of the Medina Battling Bee. View File Details Page

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Connor Brocklehurst , Samantha Scribner, Jacob Patterson, “A.I. Root's Origins,” Discover Medina, accessed July 24, 2017, http://discovermedina.org/items/show/30.
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