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100 years ago: Committee forms plan to destroy horticultural pests

March 18, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for March 18, 1913:

"'Burn the Chinch Bugs.' That is the new slogan of the Horticultural Society of Douglas county. At a meeting of the society held Saturday at the court house a committee was appointed to begin an active campaign against the little pest of the wheat field.... It is the plan to burn off all meadows, pastures, roadsides and fence corners where the bugs exist. It is the plan to make a ten day fight on the bugs with the hope that they can all be wiped out within that time."

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