At Work on His 90th Birthday

8 Dec

Ventured all the way to Brooklyn and attended the Backwards Beekeepers NYC party. Great food, honey, and people.

Still finishing up the logo for “Queens Apiary”…It’s a work in progress…

My landlord, Mr. Burian,  gave me a copy of the article about his (great)uncle, Mr. Anton J. Veselak. Here’s the article, and I’ve typed what I can make of it, as well as added more info I could find on

Article From:

At Work on His 90th Birthday

It was business as usual for Anton J. Veselak of 106 Meadow St., dean of Westfield bakers, as
he observed his 90th birthday Monday by running his bakery as he does every day. In addition to his bakery, Veselak also is dean of local beekeepers. He has operated nine hives for the past 45 years. He has eight children, 14 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.

Additional info from
“Anton was born in Bestvin, Austria-Hungary now Czechoslovakia. They were married 10-7-1899 in New York City . Anna died 1956 but Anton lived to be 102 years old . Died in Westfield, Mass 7-20-1979. learned the bakery trade in Prauge. Then came to America and started a bakery in a little shop in West Springfield and then in 1904 build a large bakery in Westfield He worked until his 100th birth day.”

Imagine that! 9 hives and 8 kids! and a bakery!
When did having just one kid and one hive become so complicated? Does it become easier as numbers increase?


2 Responses to “At Work on His 90th Birthday”

  1. carlotta January 10, 2012 at 5:15 pm #

    please tell mr burian i used to go to that bakery with my father
    We used to visit with his great uncle in the back of the store
    also, remember ken veselak running it. The bread was great and we also got the old copies of ny times from the veselaks

    • kamitera April 25, 2012 at 1:04 am #

      Thanks for your comment! We’ll let Mr. Burian know!

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