Black German bees. I had forgotten about those. My great Grandfather Dan Smith brought some out with him to Washington from Pennsylvania about 1905 or there abouts. The Smith's were big time beekeepers, seems everymember of the family had at least 4-5 hives and some a lot more.
My father reported that his grandfather's German's were very mean and would sting at the drop of a hat and not overly productive because they were so agressive.
I guess that makes me at least a fourth generation beekeeper, five if Dan Smith's father had bees.