We know Mr. Herbert Vail best for being our Deacon for several years. His love for bees is his recreation. He is holding a comb of honey, taken from one of his hives. The Minister loved his Deacon, but more, he feared his Deacon’s bees. So, after taking this picture he beat a hasty and somewhat undignified retreat.
The caption above is from Reverend Yale's 1940 notes on the photo collection.