1858 – Atlee was born in New Brunswick, Canada.
1876 – An 18-year-old Atlee started a mail-order chicken business out of the family home with $1,000 loaned to him by his mother and a partner.
1878 – Burpee dropped his partner and founded W. Atlee Burpee & Company.
1909 – Burpee established Floradale Farms in Lompoc, California, to test sweet peas, and Sunnybrook Farms near Swedesboro, New Jersey, to test tomatoes, eggplants, peppers and squashes.
1915 – At Atlee’s death, the company had 300 employees, and it was the largest seed company in the world.