Bee Heater was born in the Threelick area of Orlando in Lewis County in 1892, the son of Samuel and Margaret Alice (Wymer) Heater. Bee had three brothers, Elias, Ernest and Raymond, and four sisters, Rosa, Nancy, Della and Genevieve.
lt: Margaret Alice (Wymer) Heater, Bee's mother
rt: Bee Heater after Sunday School, on the tracks in front of the church. With him is Nancy Stutler, granddaughter of Bee's sister-in-law Edith (Skinner) and her husband Oras Stutler.
Bee Heater came to Clover Fork to work in the 1910s. He roomed on Clover Fork with Gid and Sarah (Bennett) Skinner's family. Family legend claims right after he met their daughter Genevieve he told Gid Skinner that he was going to marry his daughter. In 1916, Bee married Mary Genevieve Skinner. The newly-weds took up residence in Orlando on the hill behind Conrad’s store for a while until they moved to Clover Fork where they lived their entire married lives and raised their family of nine children; four boys, Dale, Arnold, Jack and Joe, and five girls, Maxine, Louise, Mary, Lois and Ann.
rt: Gid and Sarah (Bennett) Skinner's family ca. 1905. Genevieve is at the far left. Oldest sister Edith, who would marry Oras Stutler is staning in the center, back and Jeannette "Tom", who would marry Worthington Hurst, is standing in front of Edith. Ann, at the far right, would die in childbirth with her first child. The baby is Edwin Glenn.
lt: Genevieve with son Dale.
. . . . If you want to hear from Uncle Zeke
. . . . Twice a month or once a week,
. . . . Just send a quarter on the well
. . . . And hear old Zekey give a yell.
Although drilling gas and water wells was Bee’s occupation and put food on the table, his true love was raising bees.