Timeline

  • Born Lyster Hoxie Dewey in Cambridge, Michigan.
  • Start of Diary entries. Worked on Irvings threshing machine.
  • Married Etta Conkling.
  • Lyster Dewey graduates from Michigan Agricultural College and begins teaching botany there.
  • Started work at USDA as assistant to the botanist after competing with 6 other candidates.
  • Began study of hemp and other fiber plants at the USDA.
  • Started a 4-month journey to an international Fiber Congress in Surabaya Indonesia.
  • Publishes Bulletin 404 on using hemp hurds to make paper.
  • Dewey retires from USDA.
  • Lyster Dewey testifies at Marijuana Tax Act hearings.
  • Dewey publishes "Fiber Production in the Western Hemisphere" which is USDA Misc. Publication No. 518.