Burpee, Washington Atlee
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.
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